Back to Rufus Rufus Visits the Zaveson Family

Family Photo The Zaveson Family, Gridley, CA
Randy, Christine, Miranda (age 6, DX age 2) Sam (age 4)

March 15, 2001
Today Rufus arrived in Gridley, California. It was overcast but 71 degrees. We feel so honored to be a part of a world-wide event!

Miranda (age 6) was so excited to introduce Rufus to her Ruby. She told all the neighbors that Rufus was traveling "the whole world--just to see little kids like me with diabetes." The excitement was too much, and Rufus had to have 4 oz of orange juice because his blood glucose dropped to 58. Rufus, Ruby, Miranda and Sam (age 4) are having a slumber party as I write this. He has so much to learn about us in the next few days. Welcome Rufus!

March 16, 2001
What a busy day it has been. Rufus went with Miranda to McKinley Elementary school. Although it was not Miranda's day to share, her kindergarten teacher (Mrs. Hammon) allowed Miranda to share Rufus. Mrs. Hammon was so pleased with Rufus that she took pictures of the whole class with Rufus, and took Rufus to share with the other 5 A.M. kindergarten classes. Mr. McIntyre (the school principal) asked if Rufus could visit more classes on Monday.

Again the excitement brought on another low (38) so Rufus is having his share of extra juice while he is here. The afternoon and evening were quiet. Everyone went to bed early. Tomorrow will be a busy day!

March 17, 2001
Today was shopping day. Rufus learned how to read food labels (he has a hard time saying "carbohydrates") but he can read the numbers. He knows a lot about food for such a young bear.

We came home for dinner and then it was off to the races. We took Rufus to Twin Cities Speedway where mom drives a stock car. Rufus went in the car for a few laps (he got a little dirty), helped mom with an on-track interview about diabetes and his travels. He jumped up and down and cheered with Miranda and Sam, ate a hamburger and french fries, then fell asleep in the car on the way home - it was 1 A.M., blood glucose 108.

March 18, 2001
Miranda woke up with a blood glucose of 228. She had her usual breakfast of yogurt, but decided to have pancakes. We had a big breakfast, bolused the right amount, then went outside to wash the car. At 11 A.M. Miranda suddenly could not walk, was pale and glassy eyed. Mom ran inside and grabbed a glass of juice and the blood sugar monitor. Miranda was already drinking the juice when the reading "HI" came up. She had large ketones and was having a hard time breathing. She had to have a regular shot of Humalog, which was upsetting because she had been on the pump for 6 months. Rufus had a shot as well, which made Miranda laugh. The pump cannula had worked it's way out despite the tape being secure. One hour later a new site was put in (after waiting for the EMLA cream to work). Rufus was a little afraid of the long needle used for the Silhouette, but he was brave. The every 30 minute blood glucose checks were rough, but Rufus helped us stay out of the hospital. The ketones were all gone by 5 P.M. and mom was exhausted. Thank you Rufus.

March 19, 2001
It was back to school today and a meeting with the reporter from the local paper. He was impressed with Rufus and the CWD web site. The article should be out Thursday. Miranda and Sam were both sad that this was Rufus' last day with us, but they were glad that other kids will get to play with him.

Thank you for coming to visit us. We will miss you. Send our love and prayers to every family you meet on your journey.

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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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