Back to Rufus Ruby Visits the Harpum Family

The Harpum Family, Saffron Walden, England

August 15, 2003
Ruby arrived at my house just before a late tea started. We'd been in Bosten to see my Granny and Grandpa. It takes two hours to get there and two to get back! Ruby came upstairs with me and saw my hamster, Cappicachno. She was a bit scared at first, but she soon got used to her. Capps is real cheeky. I just hop she doesn't escape while Ruby's here! She would probably use Ruby's stuffing as a bed! Ruby went hypo before snack, so I fed her up. She had a snack, then she had her insulin. Then it was bedtime. Sweet dreams, Ruby!

August 17, 2003
Yesterday, I went to the Gillhams. I forgot Ruby. Ooops! Sorry, Ruby! Never mind, though, we only did a bit of cartwheeling and handstands and gym. We also went to the park. I didn't want to at first, but then I was glad I went. When we got back it was time for tea. After tea, we had to go home. Goodbye Andy and Candy. Goodbye Ali. Goodbye Gemma. Goodbye Filck and Rebecca. Goodbye, Naomi. See you soon!

August 19, 2003
Last night, we listened to "On the Banks of Plum Creek." We only listened to the beginning of it because it does 15 minutes a day until I don't know when. We listened to it on the radio. Then we all went to bed.

This morning, Ruby was sick. At lunch time we found out why. She had only been doing her insulin in her tummy and she had gotten a tummy ache. Now Ruby knows it is important to change your sites each time you do your insulin. I learned that when I went to diabetes camp at Nepal 2003. After that, we went to the library and told someone about the books we had read.

Then my sister, my brother, Ruby and me all got a medal. Then we got some ribbon for the medals. Ruby's is red. Red for Ruby. Next we went home. Then snack, insulin, "On the Banks of Plum Creek," and bed. Night night, Ruby!

August 20, 2003
We went to the hairdressers and after that our friends came round. Sally is American and Ellen is German. Ellen went back to Germany today and we took a picture of Ellen, Ruby and me.

August 21, 2003
We went to clinic. We took a picture of my DSN Pesty, Ruby and me. She's written a cool book for Novo Nordisk called Diabetes Made Simple. Then we got a Union Jack badge to put on her pinny.

August 22, 2003
Today my friend Emma came round and we played hairdressers. We also went shopping and went to the park.

August 23, 2003
Today, my grandma came for the day and we took her picture with Ruby and me.

August 26, 2003
Today we went to church. We didn't take Ruby because there was no Sunday school. After lunch, we went swimming. Then we went to the park. I had a chocolate chip cookie before swimming, but I still went hypo afterwards. I had some coke and another cookie. Then I ran around the park and I was hypo before tea!

August 25-29, 2003
We took Ruby to Bosworth Hall Hotel for a Diabetes UK holiday. We met new friends and learned more about diabetes. We made arts and crafts, went swimming, and played croquet. We played "It's a Knock-out" and had a Hawaiian BBQ as well. We all had to dress up, including Ruby. We took a picture of us in our sarongs. We also took the children and their helpers with Ruby.

August 30, 2003
Today, we built my sister's cabin bed and went swimming.

August 31, 2003
We went to church in the morning. We played at home for the rest of the day.

September 1, 2003
Ruby and I went to a meeting at the hospital with my D.S.N. to talk about setting up a support group. Ruby also got her t-shirt signed by all the helpers from my diabetes camp!

September 2, 2003
Today we were getting ready to go to school on Thursday.

September 3, 2003
We went to play at our friend's house while mummy took my diabetes supplies to school. My brother, George, went back to nursery today. Ali came to stay today. She babysat while mummy went to school to see my new teacher and the head.

September 4, 2003
School started today. I'm in year 4, which is Grade 3 in America. I have a new mobile phone to phone Mum at lunch about my insulin.

September 5, 2003
Today Ruby, Mum, and I told the class all about diabetes. Everybody liked Ruby. She was even school teacher for a day!

Our whole family has enjoyed Ruby's visit to Saffron Walden. Ruby has helped us tell all kinds of people about diabetes in our community. She was very helpful when I spoke to Eleanor's class about diabetes - they were very interested in her journey and looked at her journal. Eleanor's school is large - there are 79 students in year 4 and the classes change each year, so many students in her class did not know Eleanor had diabetes. It was important to tell them about it and how we manage diabetes so that they will not be surprised when Eleanor eats in class, or tests her sugar, or goes to lunch early. Eleanor started on 4 injections in August. So she has not had to inject at school until this term started, and it was helpful to get the information to teachers and students in a fun way with Ruby showing off her sites.

We had hoped to use Ruby's visit to school to raise some money for Diabetes UK, but the head teacher needed more notice, so we hope to try again later in the term, although it won't be the same without Ruby!

We washed Ruby's t-shirt as it was nearly black! She is wearing her medal and shirt which came from Eleanor's diabetes clinic camp in August, and has been signed by the helpers.

Thank you for letting us share your adventures for awhile, Ruby. We wish you safe traveling as we send you back to the U.S.A.

Love from the Harpum Family
Julian, Liz, Eleanor (8), Hannah (6) and George (3)


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