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The Cackowski Family, Derry, Pennsylvania

May 24, 2002
Rufus arrived in Derry, Pennsylvania. He was quite a surprise. I didn't expect him to be sitting in a box on the front porch. Rufus' first day was a day to be learned about the others that already have had the chance to have Rufus and for him to learn more about me. I have been diabetic since I was 13 years old. I didn't really expect to grow up with this disease, but I guess I was meant to have it. I have been pumping for 3 months. Pumping has been great (even though I had my share of problems). My first A1c since I started pumping was 6.3%. Anyway, Rufus had an easy night as he hung out with my grandparents while I trimmed their yard. Then he watched the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2.

May 25, 2002
Today Rufus and I didn't do much since yours truly didn't wake up till noon. I love the pump for this reason, and so does Rufus. At dinnertime, Rufus went to a BBQ picnic with my family and me. Every one that saw Rufus thought he was adorable and that it was a great idea for him to travel the world to spread the word about diabetes. He also met a man that has Type 2 who takes pills and watches what he eats. He said he is doing great, and so far he doesn't have to take insulin. When we got home, we watched the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. I am a die-hard pirates fan, but they lost 6-3. Tomorrow is a big day; Rufus is going to church with us and then off to a Memorial Day service at the Honor Roll in Town, and then going to visit my relatives.

May 26, 2002
Rufus and I awoke to rainy Sunday; it always seems to rain when our church goes to the Honor Roll, but luckily the sky cleared. Everyone one was wondering why a 20 year old was taking a teddy bear to church. So, I explained to them who Rufus was and why he is such a special bear. My cousins got a kick out of the patches on his bottom. After both services were done, we went home and took a short nap, and then played soccer. Rufus didn't go out because he didn't want to get muddy. After a few hours of soccer we played roller hockey. After a long day outside, Rufus sat beside me as I talked to my friends at CWD.

May 27, 2002
Yet again, yours truly didn't awake till almost noon. Today is Memorial Day, and my family and I went to my grandparents for a picnic. My cousin and I looked through the journal, and I showed her all the pictures of the young children with diabetes and read some entries to her. After I was done reading, she asked me questions about what diabetes is and why people got it. I answered the questions, and she got a mini lesson on Diabetes.

May 31, 2002
This past few days I have had been sick, so Rufus just sat near me and kept me company. Tonight, western Pennsylvania was greeted to severe thunderstorms and Tornado Warnings, but luckily it missed our town. Other towns were not so lucky. Winds and rain tore through a local amusement park and killed one and injured 50 others. Rufus and I said prayers for the families who have loved ones that were hurt.

June 1, 2002
Today was a slow day. All I did was cut grass and sleep.

June 2, 2002
I woke up at 2am feeling low and was 32; I had a few pieces of jelly bread and a small cup of juice, and I then woke up at 8am at 379. Oops. I programmed my pump to give me 4 units of Humalog and then 3 hours later I was 132 and ate a huge breakfast. Then this afternoon I trimmed the grass at my house. Yes, love to cut grass. Tonight is the last night Rufus is going to be with my family and me, so he can go to the next family on the list.

Goodbye, Rufus. Have fun traveling around the world!

Laura Cackowski
Age 20, Dx'd in February 1995, pumping almost 4 months with Blue Goober (Blue MiniMed 508)

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