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Boswell family, Cooper City, FL

May 19th, Saturday
Welcome to sunny Florida Rufus! Riley went to check the mail and lo and behold there was a package on our porch! We immediately checked Rufus's blood sugar (as he'd been traveling for a long time), Riley exclaimed: "He's 350 mom!" Oh my! Must have been the heat! We have Rufus a shot of H and let him have a low carb snack to help his hunger.

We put the Diabetes stamp pin on Rufus. I think he enjoyed it! He had an exciting evening lizard chasing & looking for turtles and fish in the Everglade canal in our backyard-he was a bit nervous about encountering an aligator though! Did a blood glucose check on Riley and Rufus since they both said they felt "low"-61! I guess all this excitment really affected them! They are both sitting in the recliner sharing a Pepsi & a bowl of popcorn-what a life!

May 20th-Sunday
Went to Grandma's house and visiting with my uncle who has had Type 1 diabetes for 45 years with no complications. Riley, Rufus and Uncle Dave swapped diabetes stories and compared equipment! We had to warn Rufus not to get too close to the ocean canal in the backyard but he did get close enough to see some crabs!

May 21st-Monday
Rufus helped Riley do his school today. I think they both had a lot of fun learning! Rufus has gotten used to this big, rowdy family of three boys and one girl--at least he jumps right in when they're wrestling instead of watching on the sidelines! He says he enjoys swimming every afternoon. I think he is getting quite the Florida tan! Blood sugars have been doing good, Riley has had a few lows at night but we've adjusted his basal rates and I think we've got that taken care of for now anyway!

May 22nd-Tuesday
Riley had a bad nightmare last night but he felt better knowing Rufus was right next to him. Riley and his younger brother Mason (3 1/2 years) have been fighting over who gets to hold Rufus today so we're working on a "sharing rufus" schedule-haha! Not much going on today-too hot and humid to go to the park.

May 23rd-Wednesday
Thunderstorms today! Kids are getting stir crazy being confined to the house-UGH! Riley is running a bit high today (240-260) despite a site change and extra insulin. Maybe it's the lack of activity that he usually gets in the afternoon? He could be getting a cold too. Rufus has once again moaned about not having a pump-poor bear! Riley has been giving him his shots in order to give Rufus a break. I hope we can get Riley's blood glucoses down-no ketones so far!

May 24th-Thursday
Still raining a bit but no storms. Kids are out digging in the dirt-including lil sis! Riley's blood glucoses are much better today now that he's up to his normal antics! Riley and Rufus played a Batman game on the computer for awhile this morning-those two are such good buds!

May 25th-Friday
Riley woke up with a 74 this morning at 5:30 am, gave him 6 oz of 1% milk and a bit of chocolate syrup & let him go back to sleep. At 9:30--76-UGH! Must have still been dropping! He got up and told me he felt "gross." I bet! This time he ate a bowl of Fruit Loops and he's sitting on the couch with a blanket & Rufus watching "Rolly Polly Ollie" on TV. My heart goes out to him in these moments when I know he's feeling bad! There's nothing we can do but perservere and plug along one day at a time untill a cure is found!

May 26th-Saturday
We're going to miss you Rufus! We wish you well on your journeys and on bringing happiness to other diabetes children! Keep on fighting the good fight and don't give up your quest for a pump!

Justin, Amy, Tyler, Riley, Mason, Cailin and baby B!

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