The Stanfield Family, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
December 31, 2001
Rufus arrived today in the mail. I have been waiting for Rufus for a long time. We looked at all his keychains and read his travel journal. Wow, how special. I made Rufus a party hat for New Year's Eve. We went to bed around 10 PM and Dad woke Rufus and me up at 11:50 P.M. to celebrate the New Year. We had water and a cookie and went back to bed. Both Rufus and I had a big day. Lori, age 7, (dx'd age 3 1/2)
January 1, 2002
Today we slept in! After lunch we went to see the movie Jimmy Neutron. It was loud. We have been playing lots of Monopoly and Sorry games. We have no snow and it is too cold to play outside. Maybe we can tomorrow.
January 2, 2002
We are visiting Dad's office today. I go to the office with my dad every once in awhile to see what he does. All of his office workers want to meet Rufus. Mom is trying to make Rufus a pump to wear. I like my pump so much better than getting shots, maybe Rufus will too.
January 3, 2002
Wow, we are having fun and giving Rufus lots of love. We went to get our hair cut. Then we went to Lutheran Children's Hospital and took pictures of Rufus meeting my diabetes team. The Minimed representative was there and she got to meet Rufus. She liked the pump Mom made for Rufus. Shannon (Minimed rep) has a green pump just like mine! Rufus enjoyed riding in the tree house elevator at the hospital. Rufus said he likes to climb trees! Then we went to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Fort Wayne is known as the "City of Churches". This evening we went back downtown to see the Olympic Torch pass through Fort Wayne. Rufus was very excited. He was very comfortable in his fur coat, we dressed in layers, it was very cold. It was exciting to see the torch, and I cannot wait to see it when the opening ceremonies at the Olympics. I don't really know what the excitement is all about, but mom and dad told me I would one day.
January 4, 2002
Today we helped clean our church. Rufus and I changed the candles. Mom then took us out to lunch for doing a good job. Rufus loves McDonald's, too! We went swimming, too. I showed my swim instructor Rufus and told her all about him. I showed Rufus how I do the cannonball.
January 5, 2002
Rufus and I helped dad pack the Christmas items in the attic. We went to church tonight and took our picture with Father Tim. He loved Rufus. I showed him all of Rufus' keychains. Tonight Rufus and I beat dad at Monopoly. We had fun.
January 6, 2002
Tomorrow school starts again. Rufus will have fun at school. I am glad I will be going back to school. I miss my friends.
January 10, 2002
Rufus came to school today. My mom read the book, "Rufus Comes Home," to my classmates. We took lots of pictures and all my friends gave Rufus a hug. They really enjoyed hearing about Rufus' travels. We even got the map out and pointed out all the states Rufus has visited. They were very interested in Rufus' patches. I think Rufus helped them to understand about getting shots. We did tell them, though, that we give Rufus pretend shots. Needles are not toys and need to be respected. We met the school nurse, the principal and the counselor. He liked my school. He even rode home on the bus. He thought it was very loud.
January 12, 2002
We are sending Rufus to the Coleman Family today. Rufus, we are going to miss you. We were glad you came to visit. We love you. Have many more happy trails.
Lori, age 7 (dx'd age 3 1/2) and the Stanfield Family
I love Rufus and Ruby!
Rufus and Ruby dressed up for the New Year's Eve party.
Rufus meets my diabetes team.
Rufus watches the Olympic torch run by.
Rufus and Ruby, the bears with diabetes, is the creation of Carol Cramer, who owns the copyright to Rufus and Ruby. The graphics of Rufus are from Rufus Come Home, written by Kim Gosselin and illustrated by Terry Ravenelli, and are used by permission of the author.
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