The Romaker Family, Columbus, Ohio
Rufus arrived in Ohio just in time for Chloe's 8th birthday. It was a swimming party, so Rufus had to watch from the sidelines. But he was a good sport and sang extra loud. Chloe had a joint party with her classmate.
October was a very busy month for Chloe and Rufus. As part of the "Drink Milk" patch program for Brownie Girl Scouts, Troop 2018 visited the dairy farm at the Ohio State University. Two of the highlights were meeting the baby cows and watching the mommy cows get milked!
Chloe was diagnosed with diabetes on December 3, 2002. At first, our world was turned upside down. How could we ever leave the house, let alone live a normal life with all the new tasks that were dropped on our shoulders? But, slowly we pulled together and worked diabetes into our day to day life. Chloe has recently started on a purple MiniMed pump. The pump has made this a lot easier. We are about back to 'normal' and can take care of most of her diabetic needs on the fly.
Chloe's two siblings - Jim 10 and Lily 3 have grown used to the extra attention Chloe sometimes needs.
While Chloe was in the hospital for diagnosis, we discovered her dad is a type 2 diabetic.
After a busy time at the Romaker house, Rufus packed his box to go. Luckily, he was able to stick around long enough to watch Chloe '58' play soccer for her school's 1st and 2nd grade team.
Tony, Eva, Jim, Chloe, Lily
Chloe on the right with her birthday cake
With Brownie Girl Scouts at the diary farm
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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