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The Reed Family, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Thursday May 31, 2001
Rufus arrived this morning at 10:30 am. He was tired and thirsty after two days in a box! Katie loved his backpack with his beautiful Arizona keychain attached and immediately decided that we needed to buy something to put in it! Rufus met his sister "Starz" whom Katie received in the hospital at diagnosis. He was very happy to meet one of his family!

Katie checked Ruf's blood sugar and he was 72. She immediately gave him a drink and he was up to 145 in no time flat! Katie checked herself and she was 112.

Rufus met some of mommy's daycare kids and they liked him a lot too! Korbin, Kaite's 2 year old brother, wouldn't give him back.

We don't have much planned for Rufus today, except of course some diabetes care and some TLC.

Rufus had a busy day. The kids have kept him busy playing all day. Hope he doesn't dehydrate from that hot New Mexico heat! Katie is keeping a careful watch on Rufus' blood sugar. He was 139 before dinner. Katie is being a big girl and showing Rufus how she does her own shots. And she lovingly gave Ruf his H for dinner. Unfortunately, Katie was 239 and needs more H in her shot than Rufus needs in his.

Before bed, Rufus, Katie, Alex, Ashley, and Korbin put down a blanket and lay out under the starts. Beautiful night just loaded with stars. Rufus was impressed. Goodnight!

Friday June 1, 2001
In all the excitement this morning, packing up 8 kids (2 babies and 2 two-year olds) and 2 teddy bears (Rufus and Starz), to go on a picnic, daddy and mommy forgot to give Katie and Rufus their H with breakfast! They were 400 by 10 am. OOPS! Some Humalog quickly remedied that and they were down to 97 (Kate) and 107 (Rufus) by the time they left. Daddy is taking them all on a picnic so that mommy can get ready for a daycare inspection without the kids pulling toys out everywhere!

Rufus and Katie have been running low…must be the fact that they spent 5 hours out on the run today. Rufus had a low of 56 at bedtime. Katie gave him a drink---Rufus has decided that the new soda "Code Red Mountain Dew" really rocks! It's his new favorite way to treat a low.

Mommy decided Rufus is going to sleep with Alex tonight because Alex asked mommy if it was his turn to be a diabetic so that Rufus would visit him too. Rufus wanted to show Alex that he thinks all kids are special to him. Goodnight!

Saturday June 2, 2001
Rufus had a wonderful day today. After lunch we all packed up in the van and headed up the mountains to Sandia Crest,which is 10,678 feet high (Albuquerque is about 5,600 feet above sea level). It was breathtaking! Rufus was a bit scared at first, but soon got caught up in the view. We took lots of pictures. We were going to stop for a picnic by a stream on the way down the mountainside, but everyone was getting tired and cranky so we stopped for chocolate ice cream instead! While up on the peak,we bought Rufus some souviners to add to his backpack. We bought him a keychain and a New Mexico flag.

Rufus and Katie are very excited about their TV interview tomorrow. We were supposed to have 2 newspaper interviews, but the "big city" newspaper never called back to set up a time, so just the local paper will cover it. Personally mom doesn't want to be on TV, but she will do it for Rufus and Type 1 diabetes awareness!

Sunday June 3, 2001
Not much is planned for today. Rufus is kicking back with mom and reading the Sunday paper. He really likes the comic section. Later we have to clean and scrub the rugs before mommy will let a camera man step foot in her house!

Rufus had a really boring day today. He and Katie both had huge sings in their blood sugars…going from 419 all the way down to 25! So no one did much but lay around the house and watch TV, except mom who is still up cleaning for the camera crewsJ Goodnight!

Monday June 4, 2001
What a busy morning! We all had to get up early to get ready for the newspaper interview. The interview didn't go as in depth as I would have liked,but something is better than nothing! Now I am getting NERVOUS about the TV interview!

Well, we did the TV interview and survived! It went really well. Our endo came out to our house and she was interviewed too. We will be on the news tomorrow.

Alex played with Rufus most of the day…he does not want Rufus to be leaving us tomorrow!

We all got a pleasant surprise today. We received our copy of "Diabetes Interview" and there was our Kate! She was one of the kids published with "Tips on How to Control BGs." She was really excited to see herself in print!

Well, Rufus will spend one more night sleeping beside Kate and then it will be off to Grand Junction,Colorado to be with the Kane Family. We will miss him a lot and we're sorry to see him go, but happy knowing all the joy Rufus is spreading. Thank you CWD for making this possible and thank you Laura for all the work you've put into making this possible!

Take Care Rufus and may you have a safe, happy and fun journey!

The Reeds
Vicki (mom), Kelly (dad), Ashley 10, Katie 6, dx'd 11/00, Alex 4.5, Korbin 2
Katie and Starz meet Rufus

Kate and Rufus enjoy the view from 10,687 feet

Rufus and Starz meet

Rufus looks out of the binoculars

Rufus and Starz take a drive

Rufus and the gang enjoy a teddy bear tea party

Katie kisses Rufus goodbye

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