The Hudson Family, Virgilina, Virginia
March 9, 2002
We were excited to see the package truck pull up today! Ever since Eli was diagnosed in January of 2000, we have had a lot more visits from the package truck than before. The first one, just a week after Eli was diagnosed, brought a big care package from JDRF-Triangle NC Chapter, and in it was our first very own Rufus. We were so touched we cried. That first Rufus was a gigantic help as we adjusted to this new world. So, although more often than not the packages we get are test strips and infusion sets, we still look for good things from that truck when it pulls into our driveway. And this time we weren't disappointed. After months of anticipation, Traveling Rufus was here to visit us.
Rufus and Eli spent the day playing with Eli's other Rufus bear and all of Eli's other stuffed animals! They set up a zoo in our living room. Rufus was happy that there are so many other bears in our house. Seems like every day is Zoo Day in the Hudson House.
March 11, 2002
Rufus went to Kindergarten with Eli today. He enjoyed meeting all the kids in Eli's class, as well as the teacher, Mrs. Fariss, and the classroom aide, Mrs. Honeycutt. Mrs. Honeycutt helps Eli count carbs and do boluses, as well as any other pump troubleshooting. She didn't quite know what to do to take care of a bear with Juvenile Diabetes without a pump, but luckily Eli remembered that she needed to make sure he ate his snacks and his lunch on time. They are both glad Eli has the pump so he can just eat whenever all the other kids eat. They taught Rufus how to check his blood sugar level by pricking his ear instead of his finger. Rufus has decided he'll go that route the whole time he is with us!
March 14, 2002
This week, Eli's numbers have been too high during the night and too low in the afternoons. We thought we had those basal rates set just right. Then, of course, we had a sick day three weeks ago and have been struggling to get 'back right' ever since. It seems like you would just go right back to the basals you had before he got sick, but really it takes us a long time to build back up. Growing boys are hard to keep up with. Mom is getting worn out with the nighttime checks, but hopefully she will be able to catch a few naps here and there.
Today a reporter came to do a story on Rufus' visit for our local paper. Eli was camera shy, but not Rufus!
March 22, 2002
The story turned out very well, so much so that another reporter who works for a larger paper in a neighboring town has called and wants to do a story, too. More pictures! Rufus convinced Eli that it wouldn't be so bad, so we agreed. Mom faxed Eli's charts in to the doctors at Duke, and they made some recommendations for changes in the basals. Numbers today were better than before, so we think we are on the right track. Also we recently switched from using Humalog to using Novolog, so that may help also.
March 26, 2002
The reporter doing the next story came to school the other day to take pictures with Eli's teachers and classmates. Then he came to our house to take some there. Then the writer met with Mom. They talked for hours! Once you get mom started talking about diabetes, you have to watch out. It's a real release for her, and she's liable to keep you talking for a while. Eli talked for just a few minutes, then ran off to play tractors with Rufus and his other buddies.
March 28, 2002
Now Eli is waking up too low in the am. His favorite treat for a low is pop tarts. He has to drink some juice or milk first, but then a bit of pop tart will do the trick of keeping those numbers up for a while. He only gets about 1/3 of one, but that's enough to satisfy him.
March 31, 2002
For Easter, Eli got some new stuffed animals-baby rabbits, of course. Rufus went with us to church and really enjoyed the service. He and Eli discussed that they are glad that there's no diabetes in Heaven-but for now we keep on doing the best we can every day. Funny thing, Eli told the reporter that he doesn't want a cure, and that he really doesn't mind having diabetes. We have met a lot of wonderful people because of it, and we have learned a lot, and we think we are stronger in many ways for being involved in this battle. But, frankly, Mom hopes to be first in line when the cure is found. Hopefully, through things like Traveling Rufus and the childrenwithdiabetes.com site we'll already know a lot of the people in line with us!
It's time to send Rufus on to the next family. We took some pictures with Rufus playing with all of Eli's animals on the bunk bed. This morning Eli's number was 127-hurray! Goodbye, Traveling Rufus! Good luck on your next visit.
The Hudson Family
Michael and Donna, Eli (diagnosed January 2000, pumping June 2002), Luke (7), Zach (16), Drew (19)
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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