The Allain Family, Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada
October 10, 2002
Mikel was excited as Rufus finally arrived today. It was on the same day that Mom entered the hospital and had surgery. Mikel slept with Rufus close to him as Mom spent 5 days in the hospital and he missed her. When Mom came home, she was unable to travel up and down the stairs and had to remain on the main floor. So she and Mikel traded beds. Mikel got to sleep with Dad for a couple of weeks while Mom mended. Rufus was his constant companion at night.
We didn't get out much for the first couple of weeks because Mom wasn't up to it. But on October 20, our local diabetic support group had a Halloween party for the kids (big and small). Rufus also went. A great time was had by all. There were approximately 20 children taking part in a bowling and pizza party.
Mikel very much enjoyed sleeping with the traveling Rufus as well as his own Rufus. Every night, he would either have one on each arm, or would lay them at the end of his bed and cover them with the blanket which came in the box along with Rufus' other souvenirs from his travels.
Because of Mom's recovery, we didn't travel much, but we enjoyed him a lot. He certainly pleased Mikel. Now it's time to say goodbye and send him to his next destination. We gave him a Canada pin as well as a couple of pins and some literature from our home town in Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada.
Have a great trip, Rufus. We enjoyed your company. God Bless you and your work with other diabetics.
Gerry (Dad), Paulette (Mom), and Mikel (diagnosed at age 7 on 9/12/2001)
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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