The Strojny Family, Bartlett, Illinois
November 9, 2001
Rufus arrived in Bartlett, Illinois today 11/9/01. The kids were off school for teacher conferences. Kyle took off his knee brace today. He had a knee sprain from a football accident. He spent the rest of the day running, jumping, etc. Thopefully those high blood sugars we've seen lately will go down. We celebrated by going to Dairy Queen with Rufus and the whole family.
November 10, 2001
It's a beautiful fall day here in the midwest. Kyle is making up for lost time being active and at dinner was on the low side. We rented Shrek and Kyle, his sister, and Rufus had fun watching it. Mom and Dad got a babysitter and went out to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary!
November 11, 2001
Today we took Rufus to Kyle's hockey game. Rufus watched Kyle make a great goal and the team ended up with a tie. Rufus gets his picture taken with Kyle and some of his teammates in the locker room.
November 12, 2001
Today is Veteran's Day and everyone is home today. We start our day by hearing about the plane crash on the east coast. It makes all of us very sad and also nervous because they do not know if it was an accident or another terrorist act. We decide to take a field trip to a health museum. Rufus comes with us.
November 13, 2001
Not much happening today. I got a phone call from a reporter who says she wants to do a story on Kyle and Rufus. We set it up for Friday at Bartlett Elementary. Rufus will visit the class along with the school nurse. There will also be a photographer. Yeah!
November 14, 2001
Today, Kyle's school is celebrating National Education Week. I went to the classroom and sat in on art, math, and science. Kyle feels like he has a low blood sugar, so we go down to the nurse along with Rufus. Kyle is 299! Rufus is 340! Yikes, looks like they will both need a shot at lunch.
November 16, 2001
Today is the day Rufus will visit Kyle's school. We met a reporter and along with the school nurse went to the class. Kyle spoke about who Rufus was and why he was visiting us. We showed th ekids where Rufus gets his blood tests and shots. We pointed out that he has an insulin pump as well. The kids really seemed interested and enjoyed passing Rufus around and looking at the journal. The reporter also asked the kids some questions and took lots of pictures. The class is very excited about having their picture in the newspaper!
November 19, 2001
Rufus came with us to meet Kyle's new doctor and nurse educator. They were very excited to meet Rufus and thought it was so neat. Kyle was acting strange in the office, so we did a blood sugar test and he was 443! After Kyle got an extra shot, we learned about high blood sugar corrections and carb counting. We always did carb exchanges. We are doing this to prepare for the pump. After the doctor, we took Rufus down to Lake Michigan. It was a beautiful beach on the north shore. Stopped for lunch on the way home and Kyle was back in school by 12:30 p.m.
November 20, 2001
We are waiting for the photographer to send us a picture so we can put it in the journal. I think we need to send Rufus off tomorrow whether we have it or not, as another family is anxiously waiting for him. We will lmiss you, but know you have a lot of fun travels ahead of you!
The Strojny's-Luke, Debbie, Kyle, and Julia
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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