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The Wildes Family, Clinton, Washington

Photo Thursday, September 5, 2002
Hooray, Rufus arrived today after a flight into Seattle and a ferry boat ride to our home on Whidbey Island, Washington. Besides our special visitor arriving, it was the very first day of first grade for Jesse (7). When he got home, I almost forgot about Rufus in all of the excitement! We got his warm sweater off, and Jesse checked out all his awesome keychains and pins. Rufus had much better blood sugars today than Jesse. Jesse was pretty nervous about school and riding the bus. He also was not out riding his bike all day like he has been. Rufus and Jesse played outside and in no time had his blood sugars down. They enjoyed the sunshine together.

Friday, September 6, 2002
Rufus stayed home with Mom and kept her company. With all the things a new first grader has to remember in addition to blood sugar tests and snacks, we thought it would be safer to have Rufus at home. Rufus and I met the boys at the bus and they played outside again. Their blood sugars were much better today.

Saturday, September 7, 2002
Rufus and the boys were treated to a surprise trip over the mountains to Wenatchee, the Apple Capital of the world. We got fresh peaches and pears for canning, the apples are just beginning to get ripe. As a special treat, we stayed overnight in a hotel and went swimming and played miniature golf. We went out for pizza and said please No mushrooms. Guess what? Lots of mushrooms. Jesse was a real trooper and ate three pieces anyway. The waitress felt bad and then offered the boys their choice of any of the giant candy bars under the glass cabinet. Oh well, we said no thank you and got a small ice cream cone. Mom thinks it is times like these that an insulin pump would be very nice.

Sunday, September 8, 2002
We went for a quick swim after our breakfast and headed home. Rufus is a seasoned traveler and a joy to have in the car. Time for a bath and bed.

Monday, September 10, 2002
Today is the day we have been waiting for. Mom brought Rufus to school to talk to the kids about diabetes. The kids had been curious about Jesse’s test and extra snacks. Rufus was just the one to help explain it all. The children were great about everything and will keep an extra eye on Jesse at recess and will tell an adult if things don’t seem right. They all loved Rufus, and we are most grateful for his help in teaching the kids about diabetes. I have heard from several kids that their parents told them about diabetes, so we actually educated quite a lot of folks.

Tuesday, September 11, 2002
We got Rufus a new Washington State keychain in preparation for his journey. Our weather is a bit rainy and I think Rufus is looking forward to a visit to sunny California.

The remainder of Rufus’ visit here was playing after school and resting during the day. A big thanks to Laura Billetdeaux for coordinating the Rufi and to CWD for their support. Take care, Rufus. We will miss you.

Deanna and Gordon Wildes, Jesse (7 diagnosed 9-99) Cameron (8)

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