The Day Family, Alberta, Canada
I (Ruby) have decided to write this diary entry in my own words so I have asked Kylie's mommy to transcribe for me.
May 16, 2002
I arrived at the Day home safe and sound. I was glad someone was home! I was unpacked from my box and introduced to Kylie, who just turned four years old two days ago. I was also introduced to Jared (5), and their mommy Shelley. They were just leaving to go over to visit a friend named Alec, so I went along. While the kids played outside, I had a drink of water and visited with Alec's mommy while she read my diary. I met Kylie's sister Rebecca (7) after school, when she came home with the daddy, Glenn.
May 17, 2002
After a good night sleep at the bottom of Kylie's bed, the mom dropped Rebecca off at school. Kylie, Jared and I went to a playgroup. The kids played in one room with a babysitter while the moms visited in another room. I met some very nice ladies who were all interested in my travel stories and read my diary. I remembered to take a break and have my morning snack.
May 18, 2002
Kylie's Aunties, Grandma and Grandpa came over for a birthday lunch for Kylie. What luck to arrive in time to help celebrate Kylie's birthday! They were all very happy to meet me. I discovered that Kylie's Great-Great Grandpa Woodham went to school in Windsor, England. I was just there in February! What a small world. Kylie's blood glucose number and mine were good today in spite of all the excitement.
May 19, 2002
I went to a 1st Communion Celebration for Rebecca's friend. Candice looked very pretty dressed all in white. Glenn did not go as he was called to work at the Hospital. He is a Respiratory Therapist. Kylie and I brought our own lunch to eat at Candice's house. Kylie has Celiac disease along with Diabetes, so it is easier to pack her own lunch that is pre-weighed and measured with the correct ingredients. I have decided to try the celiac diet while I am here just to see what the food tastes like. It actually tastes all right, but it takes planning to always carry your own meals.
May 20, 2002
We had Kylie's Aunties and Grandma and Grandpa over again. This time it was for Auntie Heather's birthday supper.
May 21, 2002
Kylie and Jared had their annual check-up with their pediatrician. I liked playing with the blood pressure cuff the best.
May 22, 2002
I had such a fun morning! It was bear day at thelLibrary's story time program, so I got to go along with Jared and Kylie. We listened to stories about animals and sang songs. Kylie's mom brought a snack for the librarian to give to Kylie since it was treat day. The librarian read my diary and thought it was really neat that I was able to visit families all around the world. I think so too!
May 23, 2002
We all went to watch Rebecca play soccer after supper. Our numbers were a bit low at supper so Kylie and I made sure to drink some juice before running around outside. Our bedtime number before snack was much better.
May 24, 2002
Kylie's mommy has to work at three weddings this weekend as a wedding assistant. She had to go to three rehearsals tonight and Kylie was a little sad, so I cuddled with her.
May 25, 2002
While Kylie's mommy went to work at the United Church for the weddings, we went to The St. Albert Rainmaker's Rodeo Parade. It was great! My favorite float was a truck dressed up as a lion. I also really liked the high school cheerleader routines.
May 26, 2002
Today was a very important day for me. I went with Rebecca and the Daddy on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk for a cure. I already was wearing my t-shirt so I fit right in!
May 27, 2002
I went with Kylie and Jared (and their mommy of course) to their "Magic Mud" pottery class. Since it is very messy, I only watched them make turtles. It would take a long time to get that clay out of my fur!
May 28, 2002
We went to watch Rebecca play soccer again after supper. Kylie, Jared and I played at the playground by the soccer field.
May 29, 2002
I went to watch Kylie, Jared and Rebecca's last swim class for this session. It is so hot out that I really wanted to jump in, but it would have taken me too long to dry out. Kylie needs juice right after swimming, as her blood glucose seems to crash. She had a bit too much juice though so her supper number was a little high. Both our bedtime numbers were good so it all evened out.
May 30, 2002
This morning we went to the St. Albert International Children's Festival. We saw people walking on stilts, had a balloon animal made for us, had a temporary bear tattoo placed on our arms, and watched a show with dance and music from Africa. There are so many shows and activities to see and do, but we were tired and had to go home for lunch. Our lunch number was high since we had such a big morning snack. Kylie's mom gave us a .5 unit of Humalog at lunch to bring our numbers down. Kylie usually has Humulin N and Humalog in one needle at breakfast and supper. Kylie had her first eye check-up with an optometrist. Her eyes are healthy, and she was able to see all the pictures of the tiny animals. There weren't any bear pictures though!
May 31, 2002
This is my last day with the Day family. They gave me a souvenir pin from St. Albert as a parting gift. It has been a great time and I will miss them, but I am looking forward to visiting with my next family in California. I am going to make sure to pack enough healthy snacks because it is a long way from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada to Alta Lorna, California. The Day family sends along their hugs and best wishes to the next family.
The Day Family
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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