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Duran family, Lancaster, CA

Saturday June 2, 2001
photo Rufus is here! He made it to the Antelope Valley, high desert in California! Brittany and Chris waited outside for the mail lady as she drove up. Sure enough, she had a box for us! Brittany and Chris ran to the mail lady all excited! It was Rufus, so we brought him in out of the 100-degree heat to let him cool off and get settled in as our guest in our home. First thing Chris did was check Rufus' blood sugar. He was 381! Yikes! Must have been from the heat, or Rufus was sneaking a snack on the way here from Florida, without covering it. Hmmm. So Chris decided to get Rufus started on his MDI schedule, and so he got a shot of Ultralente and Humalog. Chris just started on MDI two weeks ago. Chris checked to make sure that Rufus didn't have ketones. He didn't.

After lunch with Brittany and Chris, Rufus got a refreshing beauty treatment by Brittany. She bathed him and brushed him all out, then made him a little bed to take a nap in. After his nap, we went off to the grocery store, where he was strapped safely into the shopping cart. Brittany, Chris, and mom had to giggle when dad was pushing the cart with Rufus sitting in it. I think that Rufus enjoyed helping us pick dinners for the week.

Monday June 4, 2001
Today Rufus woke up at 124 just like Chris! After breakfast and shots, Rufus started home schooling with Brittany and Chris. They got out the giant U.S. Map, along with a calendar, and Rufus' journal. They tracked down each family that was in Rufus' journal, and marked them on the map. Then they marked the days on the calendar that each family had Rufus on. Then calculated the distance between the states and how long it took to get to each state from the other. We covered Math, Geography, and Spelling, and then went on to our History lessons. Rufus learned a lot.

Later in the day, we went to the Teacher's Supply store where we picked up a few things for school. Rufus was with us, of course. Chris started feeling a little low, so we popped out the juice from mom's purse, and Chris drank up. He was 72 when we tested. Rufus felt fine so we didn't test him until dinner, where he ended up being 168. Not too high but not within Rufus' range. We corrected, and gave him dinner.

Wednesday June 6, 2001
photo Today Chris woke up with his numbers at 115. Rufus was 120. These two were staying in range real well until lunchtime when mom realized that she miscalculated the breakfast carbs. Chris and Rufus were both 208! Mom gave them a shot of H, and they ate a sandwich with a glass of milk and sliced apple. At 3:00 they were both back in the low 100's. At dinner Chris was 112, and Rufus was 120. Chris' friend Jordan came over and brought his little friend Beaver who also has diabetes. Beaver tested, and then they all got a shot of H and Rufus even got Chris to take a shot in his stomach! That was amazing!

Friday June 8, 2001
Rufus went to the dentist with Brittany and Chris today. Brittany held Rufus as Chris got x-rays, and Chris held Rufus as Brittany got x-rays. Then they did the "switcharoo" again as the dentist examined them. Brittany was up first, as we held our breaths waiting for the dentist to tell us how her teeth look. He said "No cavities. Her teeth are perfect!" Yeah! Then it was Chris' turn. Mom was a little worried because Chris has to have chocolate milk in the middle of the night for lows sometimes. After the dentist carefully examined Chris he said, "No cavities here either!" Yeah! Then they had their teeth cleaned and had their fluoride treatments.

The kids had a good day outside playing with their friends once they finished schoolwork. Rufus didn't want to get dirty, so he stayed by the window and sunbathed for a while.

Saturday June 9, 2001
Chris and Rufus woke up a little late this morning. They don't get their shots until 10:00 am, so that's all right. Once they were up they tested and Chris was 127, Rufus was 140. They weren't hungry so they watched cartoons and ate a little bit later.

Soon Rufus will be gone and on his way to North Carolina. We've hogged him long enough, and we will say goodbye on Monday. Too bad Rufus won't be with us after next week when we start swim lessons, and go on a camping trip, and to a family reunion. It would have been great to take him to diabetes camp in the Sequoia National Forrest in August too. It was a quiet week for the Duran family, but I think that Rufus may have enjoyed the relaxation before he hits the road again. Have fun on all of your summer adventures with more families from CWD!

Gil (Dad), Cheryl (Mom), Robbie (14), Jason (13), Brittany (10), and Chris (8) dx'ed 9/00

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