Back to Rufus Ruby Visits the Schmidt Family

The Schmidt Family, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

July 5, 2003
Ruby just arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the home of the Schmidt family. My name is Alexandria. I'm eleven years old and will be going into the sixth grade in the fall. I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in March 2001. The odd thing is, there is no history of diabetes anywhere in my family. I was sick for a long time and none of the doctors found what was wrong. One day, my mom told our pharmacist my symptoms and she said I should go get checked for diabetes. Before I knew it, I was in the hospital with an insulin I.V. in my hand.

July 6, 2003
Today Ruby came to church with Adam, my brother, Mom, and me. Later, we watched the DVD, The Tuxedo. We ate dinner, than went bowling. Ruby had fun bowling, too! My family and I plan to keep Ruby very busy on her trip here.

July 7, 2003
Ruby came to gymnastics practice with me today. My American Girl dolls let her borrow a leotard to wear. The other gymnasts on my team liked Ruby and thought she was cute. My dad took some pictures of Ruby doing gymnastics.

July 11, 2003
Yesterday, Ruby went with my mom and me to Six Flags Great America. She rode on the new roller coaster called Superman. You get on in a sitting position, and then you tilt into a flying position. It's really fun. Ruby also rode on the carousel. Then, she went to take a nap at the first aid station and watched over my insulin.

July 24, 2003
When Ruby came with my cousins and me to the beach, her pump got wet. Since it wasn't waterproof, it got ruined. My parents and I got Ruby a new, more water-resistant pump.

July 20, 2003
Ruby and I are both very excited! We leave for diabetes camp in one week! It will be so much fun!

August 3, 2003
Ruby and I are back from camp now. We both had tons of fun! Ruby watched our pajama fashion show and played some get-to-know-you games with the other girls and me. She stayed in the cabin and kept the other girls' bears company most of the week. Ruby didn't want to go and swim in the lake because the water was kind of green and yucky. The nurses at camp made sure Ruby and I kept up with all our shots, blood sugar checks, and eating. I'm really going to miss Ruby when she has to leave!


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