Back to Rufus Ruby Visits the Griswold Family

The Griswold Family, Madison Heights, Michigan

June 3, 2003
Ruby arrived around lunch time today. My blood sugar had been high for awhile, and my mom brought her up when she came with my stuff for a site change. Ruby got to meet my classmates, my school secretary, and my own Ruby bear. She even borrowed ice skates from my build-a-bear and went ice skating with me. We got a picture of us together with my coach Lisa. Ruby also helped me in math with my long division. I plan to take her back to school tomorrow and maybe the rest of the week (as long as she behaves).

Emily Griswold, 10 years old, diagnosed on 8/13/01, pumping 5/22/02

June 4, 2003
Today, Ruby went to school with me (yes, she was very good) again and made more friends. Juanita, Rebecca, and Nicole especially. In fact, right now, Ruby is having a slumber party at Nicole's house. Ruby was another good help with more long division math today. Tomorrow we are going to go bowling. Hopefully the weather is nice tomorrow so Ruby can watch my friends and I have our cheerleading practice. Can you believe we've been having cold and rainy weather in June here in Michigan? I hope Ruby has a good night's sleep at Nicole's house tonight. Good night!

June 5, 2003
Ruby and I had so much fun. She spent most of the school day with my friends Juanita and Rebecca. Today there was nicer weather and Ruby watched us have cheerleading practice. After school, she came with the girl scouts to our end of the year party. We went cosmic bowling (cosmic is when all the lights turn off and they turn on music, and the colored lights turn on). Ruby bowled for Rebecca a few times; she got her spares! She is a great bowler! After awhile, she got stressed because everyone wanted her to bowl for them. So, the rest of the time she watched. We got some cute pictures. After bowling, we went to Nicole's house. We had a fun day today.

June 8, 2003
Friday morning Ruby wasn't feeling well, so she didn't come to school with me. I went skating after school and after skating I went to softball. When I went out to an ice cream place after the softball game, my mom went home. She told me that Ruby still wasn't feeling well, so she stayed home for the weekend while we went up to Canada. Ruby told me today she was feeling better, so she played with my Ruby and my American Girl dolls.

Tomorrow is field day at my school. Field day is a fun day when big blow-up slides and moon bounces come and we have races, obstacle courses, and a dunk tank (the dunk tank is fun because you get to dunk a teacher). Ruby and I are looking forward to tomorrow.

June 9, 2003
We had so much fun today. Field day was awesome! Ruby went on everything. We went on the moon walk more than once! She had a tag like everyone else.

June 10, 2003
Today was Twin Day. Ruby was a twin with my Ruby. It was very fun!

June 11, 2003
Today was Hat Day. Ruby wore my mom's Minnie Mouse visor. That day, my class went to the zoo. Ruby stayed in the classroom because I couldn't carry her. After the zoo, Ruby and I stayed for my portfolio party. Ruby got to meet my real teacher, who was having a baby.

June 12, 2003
Thursday was a regular day, well not exactly. Ruby was there! (She got to spend the day on a stuffed tiger!)

June 13, 2003
Today was Patriotic Day. Ruby was already dressed for the occasion. We went to Dairy Queen with the first graders. We had fun.

June 14, 2003
We slept over at my friend Kristyn's sleepover/birthday party. We went to a drive-in movie of Finding Nemo. The next morning, we helped Kristyn deliver her paper route. That was fun!

June 15, 2003
Ruby and I went to my new cousin's baptism. She saw my twin cousins, Nancy and DJ, and their little sister, who was the one being baptized. Her name is Julie. After that, we spent the evening at their house.

June 16, 2003
Monday was the last full day of school. My class held a fake luau as a party. We played musical chairs and had a balloon toss. That night, Ruby watched me play softball. We won our first game!

June 17, 2003
Last day of school! It was a half day so Ruby didn't come. That night, Ruby watched my sister Annie's T-ball game.

From Emily's Mom:
We very much enjoyed Ruby's visit! As you can see, Emily too her along lots of places. Em is 10 years old, and very good at managing her diabetes. She is a competitive figure skater, a Girl Scout, a straight A student, all while juggling this 24/7 disease. Her dad and sister and I are all very proud of her! Thank you, Carol, for creating Ruby, and to Laura for keeping her moving along!

Best of luck to you, Ruby, in your future travels!

Kate Griswold, Emily's mom

Emily showing her pump and Ruby

Emily and Ruby with her teacher, Mrs. Laurence

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