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Mattingly family, Louisville, KY

Wednesday, April 14th
The box came today with our little friend Rufus. Hannah and Ethan both waited patiently while I cut the tape. Rufus arrived on a beautiful spring day here in Kentucky, close to 75 degrees. We were just getting ready for dinner so Rufus and Ethan both had their blood sugar checked and Rufus had a shot, then we sat down to eat noodles. Hannah and Ethan amazingly took turns playing with Rufus. Ethan introduced him to his Rufus bear also. They all three went to bed together with the "Rufi" on the foot of the bed. Ethan isn't much on sharing his bed.

Thursday and Friday, April 19th and 20th
Not much action on either of these days for Rufus. Ethan doesn't go to pre-school yet, so we just hung out here at home. Although Ethan and Rufus went with me to pick up Hannah at preschool and he introduced him to Hannah's teacher and some of the children there. Then we went to the grocery to pick up diabetic supplies. I made some calls to see about an interview or a story in our paper with no luck. Seems the Kentucky Derby events are more important than Rufus' visit.

Saturday April 21st
We spent a quiet day at home. Then this evening we met Ellen Esterhey and her parents, Ruth and Bob for a great dinner at a fun place called Buca Di Bippo, basically all-you-can-eat Italian. Ruth took pictures of all of the kids with Rufus. He ate dinner between Ellen and Ethan. Ellen was diagnosed at seven and has been pumping with the Disetronic H-Tron since December. Ethan was diagnosed at 10 month old and has been pumping with the Disetronic H-Tron since Nov. A great time was had by all even Rufus.

April 26th, Thursday
The next few days with Rufus were pretty quiet too. So since the paper didn't call we thought it was time for Rufus to move on. Ethan and Hannah said their good-byes with lots of hugs and kisses then we sealed the box.

The Mattinglys

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Rufus and Ruby, the bears with diabetes, is the creation of Carol Cramer, who owns the copyright to Rufus and Ruby. The graphics of Rufus are from Rufus Come Home, written by Kim Gosselin and illustrated by Terry Ravenelli, and are used by permission of the author.

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