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The Wagoner Family, Flower Mound, Texas

November 25, 2001
Our family returned home from our Thanksgiving trip late tonight and found Rufus waiting for us. Since the weather was quite nice, he said he didn't mind the wait, but was happy we made it back before the cold front that's supposed to come through in the next couple of days. We got Rufus settled in and went to bed.

Monday, November 26, 2001
Rufus and I (Angie) hung out today while the kids were in school. I was a little nervous about how Rufus' schedule would fit into our day, and whether I would recognize his highs or lows. I was relieved to learn that he was using Lantus, so his schedule is flexible, but it sure feels strange giving shots again.

When the kids got home from school, Rufus watched them do their homework and everyone had snacks. Afterwards, we started getting the Christmas decorations down so we could get the Christmas tree decorated when Steve got home from work. Rufus was a great helper, especially at untangling the lights. After dinner, we decorated the tree and listened to Christmas music. I think Rufus enjoyed it, and I couldn't help thinking about how nicely Rufus fits in with our family.

The next few days were fairly uneventful. We had a few highs and lows (and Rufus is definitely much nicer to be around when he's high than someone else I know!). One day, Rufus helped me get leaves out of the pool. I hate putting my hands in the cold water to empty the skimmer, but Rufus yelled encouragement to me and had some coffee waiting for me when I was done.

When the cold front came through, it iced! (We rarely get snow down here, and when we do, the whole Metroplex shuts down.) I was excited at the prospect of the kids getting to have a "snow day" with Rufus, but the ground was too warm for anything to stick. With the cold weather came lots of high blood sugars. I increased Blake's basals to 150%, but I didn't feel comfortable changing Rufus' Lantus dose so I increased his carb to insulin ratio. It helped some. I learned that it takes much longer to check 2 blood sugars than 1 in the middle of the night!

December 3, 2001
It's time to send Rufus on his way. We really enjoyed having him, and he's welcome here anytime!

Love, The Wagoners
Angie, Steve (dxd 17), Rachel 8, Blake 7 (dxd 3), Braden 4, Flower Mound, TX
"DTRON BUDS" Nykolai Peterson and Blake with Rufus

Blake helping Rufus put an ornament on the tree

Rufus admiring his handiwork

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