The Bouchard Family, Fall River, Massachusetts
Rufus arrived this afternoon, and Brittany was so excited! She is seven years old, and was diagnosed at fourteen months of age. I didn't know how she'd react, if she'd think this "Rufus" idea is just plain silly! I'm delighted to find that she is ever so thrilled to have this friend with diabetes! She gave him the nickname, "Diabetes Dude." Rufus greeted her when she got home from school.
It's Friday! After school, we ordered take-out and watched TV. Brittany is feeling under the weather, and is finding much comfort in Rufus. She said all her other bears will be jealous until Rufus is gone.
Rufus visited Battleship Cove with us. It's a state park in our city with naval ships from WWII. (We live on the coast.) He went on the carousel there. We went to the library today, and Brittany took out a "Corduroy" book for Rufus. (Corduroy is a cartoon teddy bear).
It's Sunday and opening day for football season! Mom is working all day, but Dad is having a "ball" with the kids and Rufus! He puts on his jersey, (Patriots, of course), and so do all the kids! Even Rufus! Everyone in church asked about Rufus!
Today Brittany was sick with strep throat, and it was also her scheduled visit with her endocrinologist in Boston, Massachusetts. After Rufus and Brittany were weighed and measured, they visited the lab! Both were "beary" brave, and got stickers. The doctor examined Rufus' injection sites, then Brittany's. Everything went well. Of course, Rufus was adored by everyone! We stopped for pizza on the way home, and everyone slept the rest of the way home (about 2 hours)! My daughter had such a proud look on her face, while she was sleeping and holding Rufus.
Explaining yesterday's tragedy to our children is hopefully the hardest thing I'll ever have to explain to them. It was a very long day, and a very stressful one. We are approximately 50 miles from Logan Airport, and approximately 20 minutes from Providence, RI, where a train was made to stop, via a trip destined from Boston to Wash., D.C., to question a possible suspect. Being 7 years old, our daughter is aware of the happenings in our country. My husband is a service member, and we also live approximately 20 minutes from the Newport Naval Base, in Newport, RI. Many of my co-workers are heavily involved in the Navy, as are their families. Many were frightened for their security, and a war time in the future because of these attacks on our country. Brittany found Rufus even more comforting yesterday, than any other day.
Our daughters started dance class for the season today. Rufus came and watched them do ballet and jazz. He played with our son, James, and kept him busy until the girls were through. At home, Rufus waited in front of the tv, getting updates on the tragedy, while the children got their baths, then went to bed with Brittany. She read him stories every night. This will be our last night with our special friend.
Rufus will leave us today, and hopefully make another family as happy as he made us! This has been such a wonderful experience for the kids (and for us)! Brittany is already asking when he will be able to come back and stay with us.
Good luck, Rufus!
Jim, Wendy, Brittany, Ashley, & James Bouchard
P.S. To all those directly affected by this tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. (and all of us who indirectly affected, as well, since, as a nation, we were and are affected in some way.)
Brittany and Rufus
Rufus gets a blood test
Rufus gets an insulin injection
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.
Last Updated: Saturday December 21, 2002 16:43:00
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