The Smith Family, West Hills, California
Today I came home from Pomelo Elementary School to find a box on my front porch! It's Rufus! Yeah! I'm so happy. I've waited so long for Rufus to come visit me.
Rufus looks well-traveled. This weekend my mom will take us out to Build A Bear store in Thousand Oaks to get Rufus a new traveling outfit.
Today is Thursday, Rufus spent the evening last night getting to know my other bears. I will ask the school principal today if I can bring Rufus to school with me to share. My school is very strict about "toys" in school. My principal said "yes" it would be ok with her if I have permission from my 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Perlin.
Mr. Perlin's nice. He said Rufus could come for sharing, but I could not read his book to the class. My mom will ask another teacher if I can come visit them and read the Rufus book. Mrs. Tracht agrees, I can go next Wednesday and read to her class. Mr. Perlin says Rufus can come to class on Haloween- I think we should get a costume for his visit!
Friday! Andy Wheeler, my best friend, and I go to a pumpkin patch to play in a moon bounce and slide down a tall slide. Rufus likes the slde best.
Saturday - We went to Build a Bear. The staff are very nice and clean Rufus for us! I fluffed him up and gave his fur a brushing - looking good, Rufus! Now, to find him a new outfit! Here's a good one - a denim short overall set with a hat. A new California t-shirt, too! Rufus is ready!
Sunday, we are going to the Gene Autry Museum to see a special exhibit - "Jews in the Western Frontier." I hope Rufus likes cowboys!
Here we are, Rufus. Look! There's a real stagecoach we can sit in! Rufus and I had a great time doing arts-n-crafts in Family Time. We made a paper doll "Bubbe" from the Old West. Before we left, Mom bought Rufus a pin to wear on his outfit so he'll remember his trip to the Autry Museum.
Monday - Wow, I have a week of doctor appointments. Rufus will go with me after school. Bye, Rufus, have fun with Mom while I'm in school! Today, I see Dr. Brown, DDS, for a teeth cleaning. He checks Rufus for cavities, too. Thankfully we both don't have any!
Tuesday - Today I see Dr. Linda Adatto, my pediatrician. She is very nice. Her husband, Dr. Isaac Adatto, treats my Grammy's diabetes! Dr. Adatto checks both our ears and hearts, and gives us both a clear bill of health.
Wednesday - Today I have two doctor appointments. First, I see Dr. Michael Gould. He's a psychologist with L.A.U.S.D. He helps me with my ADHD and my diabetes. Next, Rufus and I went to the eye doctor, Dr. Katz, O.D. He took photos of my eyes to make sure they are healthy. Dr. Katz does this every year for me. He says Rufus has good eyes, too!
Today I also got to take Rufus to school and share him with Mrs. Tracht's class. I read them the story Rufus Comes Home and showed them why Rufus is no ordinary bear. The class passed Rufus around and each child gave Rufus a hug. Some made pictures for Rufus, too. I took down the map of the U.S. and showed where Rufus had just come from. I also told them how Rufus and Ruby #1 had gone on the space shuttle! It felt great to share Rufus with everyone.
Next, I showed the class a picture of my quilt my Grammy Bear made me for the Quilt for Life. There is a picture of me and my own Rufus on it. I am Quilt #99 on the Childrenwithdiabetes.com website Quilt for Life. The class will look it up when they have computer class next week.
Thursday and Friday are quiet for Rufus and me. We play with friends.
Saturday we are going to Downtown Disney to meet with friends of ours from Tucson, Arizona. We met them at Camp Conrad - Chinook this summer. We were at family diabetes session A together. Alex and I became great friends there, as did our parents. We visit and have lunch together. Alex has a Rufus back home of his own, too. Camp is a great place to meet other kids with diabetes!
Sunday, Rufus and I went to Hebrew School. I put a yarmulke and prayer shawl on Rufus so he'd feel at home. Rufus tried Hebrew, but found it difficult to learn - just like me! I showed Rufus around my Temple Shomrei Torah Synagogue.
Tuesday morning, my mom took Rufus and me to my doctor appointment at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles. There I see Dr. Kevin Kaiserman - he's the best! My A1c went down a whole number! I am doing great on my pump! Rufus is happy, too.
Next, I get to see Dr. Patrice Yasuda. She shows my mom a new Halloween book by the same author as Rufus. It has been a long time since I saw her. I told her about my diabetic seizure at school last May and how I have my own L.V.N. with me now at school all day. Tom, my L.V.N. is provided by the school to keep me safe, but I still like to talk to her about my fears of having another seizure. I have known Pat since I was dx'd in December two years ago. Dr. Patrice is like a living Rufus. I entrust her with my private diabetes feelings. Then Dr. Kaiserman came back to the exam room and said, "See you in January!" Off to school now Rufus… see you when I get home!
Tonight, there is a party at Tarzana Hospital for kids and teens with diabetes. I took Rufus in his Hogwarts Wizard costume and introduced him to the kids and parents at the party. No one at the party had heard of Rufus. So we educated a lot of people and even some doctors.
Today is Halloween! Rufus is going to school with me in his wizard costume. I am dressed as a wizard, too. Rufus will be at my class party and Mom will take pictures. Tonight I am going trick-or-treating with Rufus, my friend Rosario, and my Dad.
Halloween was great! Rufus looked so cute in his costume! Today he goes to a Kiwanis meeting with my grandparents. The meeting is in Calabasas, and my Grammy is going to show the Kiwanis members how special Rufus is! My grammy previously showed them the quilt she made for me, too. She's the best!
Tomorrow, Rufus is leaving, and I'm so sad. We loved having Rufus visit us. He is such a special bear. I hope he brings much joy and happiness to the next family!
Jacob Lennart Smith
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: Thursday April 10, 2003 11:21:45
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