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The Watkinson Family, Burlingon, Ontario, Canada

Thursday, September 19, 2002
Rufus arrived! I picked Rufus up at the post office today. I knew Amy would be so excited. I went to the school to pick Amy up rather than let her take the bus home. I knew she'd want to see him, and we didn't have too much time, as Amy had to get to gymnastics. So when the bell rang, I took the parcel in to her. She opened it and was thrilled. She told her teacher all about him, showed the other grade 2 teachers, plus the Vice-Principal and the grade 6 teacher, who also has diabetes. I didn't think we'd ever leave the school, but that was just fine, to see Amy so excited about Rufus was wonderful.

Off to gymnastics we went. Rufus watched Amy do her gymnastics and at break time, Rufus helped Amy do her finger poke. She was 3.3 (59.4), boy she must have worked hard during that first half. After break, I took a picture of Rufus doing the splits with Amy and her gym group. Amy and her sister Allison both spend 9 hours a week at the gym, so Rufus will get to learn a lot about gymnastics during his stay.

When gymnastics was over, Rufus and Amy went home to introduce Rufus to her Dad and her sister. Amy and Allison had a great time going through all of Rufus' belongings that travel with him. What a busy day for Rufus and Amy, it's no wonder; they both fell right to sleep.

Friday, September 20, 2002
Amy and Rufus woke up with great numbers. They both did a pump site change, then off to the school bus they went. Rufus is riding the school bus with Amy, Allison and their friend Ali.

Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2002
What a special weekend it was for Rufus. Amy, Allison, along with their friends Ali and Melissa made a "Quilt for Life" for Rufus. They worked very hard on the quilt under tight supervision from Ali's mom Denise. I also helped a little, but I'm not one to do a lot of sewing. Isn't the quilt beautiful? It's called a rag quilt, and it was made with so much love from Amy and her friends. Now, I better get started on making "Amy's Quilt for Life" so it can be at the Friends for Life Conference in Florida.

On Sunday, Rufus went to Amy's grandparents for dinner, and had a great time. Both Amy and Rufus' numbers were great, so they bolused extra for dessert.

Thursday, September 26, 2002
We've had a very quiet week, Rufus just hung out the gymnastics club and school with Amy, but today, Rufus got his picture taken with Amy's class, and Amy's teacher wrote a small story about Rufus with the class.

Friday, September 27, 2002
Amy and Rufus went to school today, then home to play. Amy's numbers were a bit high going to bed, so we made a corrective bolus. Then at 11:00 p.m. she was up to 21. Well, time for a site change. Amy doesn't like site changes at night, but who would. She was just really glad to have Rufus with her. As it turned out, her cannula was crinkled, then she tells us she fell at school, so that must have been the problem.

Wednesday, October 02, 2002
Amy was sick a bit this week, so we had a pretty quiet time. Her numbers were all over the board, so it was great timing to have Rufus with us, he really helped Amy handle her ups and downs.

Friday, October 04, 2002
Amy's feeling much better now, and we just found out that we might be doing a story in the Canadian Diabetes Magazine on Rufus. That was a great way to end Rufus' visit.

Well, thank you Rufus for staying with us. Rufus is off to the Allain Family. I hope Rufus has as much fun with them as he did with us. Happy Traveling, Rufus. We'll miss you.

Love from the Watkinson Family - Rick (Dad), Joanne (Mom), Allison (9), and Amy (7, diagnosed March 01)
Amy and Rufus doing the splits with the gym team

Amy with Rufus boarding the bus with Allison (Amy's sister) and our friend Ali

Amy and Allison showing off Rufus' "Quilt for Life" quilt

Amy, Rufus (and Amy's Ruby) with some neighborhood friends. They will all miss Rufus very much, and so will we.

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