The J. Family, South Africa
2nd September - 10th September, 2002
Rufus has been staying with our family for the last week. We were all very excited to have him. D. was very pleased to see him and gave him lots of hugs and kisses, admired his clothes and badges, and lined him up with all her other teddy bears. So, things started well.
Then came time to test and inject D. and Rufus. D., as always, willingly offered her little fingers for testing, and had her insulin without a problem. When it was Rufus' turn, D. stood and watched the procedure with great interest, which soon turned to a look of shock. After that, D. refused to have Rufus near her. D.'s Mommy and Daddy have spent the rest of the week puzzling about this uncharacteristic behaviour, and trying to reestablish the original bond, but to no avail.
So, unfortunately, Rufus has had to spend the majority of the week as an onlooker, or snuggled up to D.'s more social teddy bears.
D. J. aged 2 and a half years, Diagnosed at 14 months
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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