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The Bell Family, Red Hills, Pennsylvania

March 22, 2001
Rufus arrives at The Bell home in Red Hill, Pennsylvania. On this particular day Stephen (5) was objecting, as he usually does to getting his shot. He told me he wanted to die so he wouldn't have to get insulin. He gave in and got his shot, which probably hurt me more than him.

While eating lunch a package arrived. It was Rufus. Perfect timing! Joshua (2) ran around the house cheering "Roof, Roof!" Stephen checked Rufus's blood sugar and it was 249. He accompanied Stephen on the bus to kindergarten. The teacher read "Rufus Comes Home" to the class. He met Andrew on the bus ride home. Rufus saw Andrew get a site change and expressed interest in pumping.

He played legos quietly with Andrew for a short time before venturing out with Josh. Josh gave him a ride on his shiny new red tricycle. Josh and "Roof" bonded quickly. Josh later poked Rufus's paw to check blood sugar. It was a quiet evening at the Bell house.

March 23, 2001
Last night was a good night. Everyone had good blood sugar. Rufus started pumping saline with his new disetronic H-tron pump. The site injection with MiniMed soft-set micros didn't seem to bother the little guy. Stephen is in charge of giving Rufus his injections. Poor bear gets about 10 a day! He is going to love pumping! It was Andrew's turn to take Rufus to school (second grade) I think that Rufus met all the important people. He met the principal, the nurse (his favorite) and the secretaries in the office. He even ate lunch with Andrew and the nurse called to ask how much to bolus for the 90g of carbs. After a quick dinner we headed back to the school to play book beano (bingo for books) Rufus's site came out so we did a quick site change. The principal took a picture of Andrew and Rufus. He is very supportive of Andrew and his diabetes! One of Andrew's teachers noticed that Rufus had passed out on the table so we quickly gave him glucose tabs!

We should have given Andrew some too because by the time we got home he was 52 and dad had bought him a soda on the way home. We all got bingo and books! Andrew got a REALLY bad headache from being so low, he and Rufus fell asleep on the sofa. I must have miss counted carbs and forgotten how active Andrew was after school -- he never goes that low! The rest of us watched Shanghai Noon starring Jackie Chan. Funny! Another good night of numbers on target.

March 24, 2001
Saturday was a lazy day. It was cold and damp out as it has been lately. "Roof" enjoyed some time with Joshua, reading books. Joshua is very careful of Roof's pump, always making sure that it stays connected. Joshua thinks he is the odd one because everyone, including this new bear, has diabetes. Andrew took Rufus on a ride on his scooter. Andrew didn't feel like eating dinner but that's ok because he is pumping. Everyone else had to eat! Rufus spent the night with Joshua. Poor bear probably didn't get much sleep because neither did Josh or mommy.

At 5:00 am Josh wanted water and a sandwich so we ate and had a piece of bread. I changed Josh's diaper and noticed that it was wetter than ever. Of course being the worrier that I am, Rufus and I checked Josh's blood sugar. Whew, it was 91. Oh well, at least I was up to check Andrew at 4:00am to see if basals were set right. They are.

March 25, 2001
Sunday. Andrew woke up early as usual. He checked his blood sugar without me telling him! 91, good. Mom went back to sleep because she was up most of the night. At 8:30 when Andrew checked blood sugar again it was 340! What happened? Andrew said he didn't eat anything. We bolused and the blood sugar stayed the same. So we did a site change. We also did a temporary increase on the basal, like we do every weekend because Andrew tends to run higher on weekends. We didn't go to church because mom was so tired. Sorry Rufus. We cleaned, went grocery shopping, the library, the recycle center, and rode scooters again. Blood sugars were on target! We ate gummie snacks, tastykakes, and an apple. Andrew bolused, bolused, and bolused and stayed on target! Rufus had to get an extra shot! Stephen doesn't have to count carbs yet, he might have gone a little higher than usual but he was out exercising. At bathtime, Joshua pulled out Andrew's tail so we had to do another site change! AHHH! We used ice to numb the site because we didn't want to wait for the EMLA to work. Chocolate chip cookies and milk, then off to bed. Another night of on target numbers!

March 26, 2001
Monday. As usual Andrew missed the bus so Rufus came with us to give him a ride to school. Then we helped Rufus write his letter to congress for the JDRF Children's Congress letter writing campaign. Have you written yours? While he was here we made a very special friend. Joshua and "Roof" are "great buddies," he has made Stephen feel better about getting his shots and shown Andrew that he does a great job pumping. Andrew's lowest blood sugar was a rare 52 and highest was 340. Oh -- and by the way -- Rufus told us later that Andrew DID eat a bowl of cereal on Sunday morning! If Andrew had told the truth he would not have had to go through that site change, I would have known how much to bolus. Of course, the one morning that I decide to sleep in! He did get 3 site changes, would have only gotten one in that amount of time normally. Rufus is ready to start pumping insulin, and I have heard that there is a very special little girl that is going to help him on his next journey. We will miss him and can't wait to hear about the rest of his travels. We also want to share your stories with the Marlborough elemenary kindergarten class and second grade. So much for a few days in lives of a family with two with D. Bye, Bye Rufus.

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