Saturday, October 6, 2001
Rufus arrived Saturday, October 6 to visit Jeremy Bodmer. Jeremy is 5 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 13 months old. He went on the MiniMed 508 pump in February 2001. One of the first things Rufus got to do upon his arrival was to meet Jeremy's Rufus! "Traveling Rufus" then went to Mass with Jeremy on Saturday night. They were both very well behaved. Rufus slept with Jeremy and they both slept very well!
Sunday, October 7, 2001
Jeremy, Rufus, Jeremy's big sister Morgan (age 7) and Jeremy's Ma-Maw Jo went on a cookout and then to the pumpkin patch! Later that afternoon, Rufus went with Jeremy to a skating birthday party for one of his classmates. Rufus sure is a good skater! Jeremy had a "low" while they were there, but after juice and food, he was back on track.
Monday, October 8, 2001
Jeremy went to school (kindergarten) and told his class about Rufus. They are very excited about meeting him. Jeremy is very lucky to have one of the school nurses as his aide. Nurse Janet rides the bus to school with him, is in his class all day, oversees his lunch, and then rides home on the bus with him. What would we do without Nurse Janet! Rufus was very glad to meet her! That evening Rufus went along to meet the neighbors and to help bring more awareness about diabetes as Ma-Maw Jo was collecting donations for the American Diabetes Association. Jeremy had another birthday party to go to and Rufus went along! This time it was a pizza party! Everything went ok this time!
Wednesday, October 10, 2001
Off we go again! Rufus went with Jeremy, Ma-Maw Jo, and Morgan to the local newspaper to give them a lot of information about diabetes and to explain why Rufus is visiting our town.. You never know, Rufus might make front page! If so, we'll send a picture!
Thursday, October 11, 2001
Rufus went to school with Jeremy for Fire Prevention Week. Mrs. Leith, Jeremy's teacher, introduced Rufus to the class and explained that he was a bear with diabetes, just like Jeremy was a little boy with diabetes. Rufus sat on Mrs. Leith's lap while she read a story to the children. Coincidently, it was the story about The Three Bears. Rufus really enjoyed that story! Then the class went outside to talk to the firemen and to sit inside the fire truck. Ma-Maw Jo spoke to several of the firemen about Rufus and why he was visiting Ironton, Ohio.
Saturday, October 13, 2001
It was the monthly meeting for the Juvenile Diabetes Support Group and it was held at Greenbo Lake. We took a hay ride through the park, roasted weenies, and took a hike. "Traveling Rufus" and Jeremy's Rufus enjoyed the beautiful fall day and liked how the leaves were changing colors! Everyone was glad to meet the Rufus' and thought the idea of a traveling Rufus visiting children with diabetes was a great idea. Several of them are going to sign up to see if he can come visit them!
Sunday, October 14, 2001
After going to Mass, baking cookies, going to yet another birthday party, and having a big dinner, Rufus was ready for a good nights sleep. He has had a great time with the Weber/Bodmer family, but knows it is time to be on his way to visit another family. As a going away present, Jeremy presented Rufus with an American Flag pin. Jeremy said that Rufus said he would wear it proudly.
Have a safe trip to California to visit the Stroughter family, Rufus. We really enjoyed your visit and keep spreading the word!
Jeremy Bodmer, age 5, dx'd at 13 months, pumping since 2/01, Morgan Bodmer (sister), Amy Bodmer (mom), Jo and Jim Weber (Ma-maw and Pa-Paw)
Jeremy and Rufus rollerskating
Jeremy, Nurse Janet, and Rufus
Jeremy and Rufus visit a fire truck
Jeremy and Rufus enjoy a hay ride