Ladehoff Family, DeWitt, Iowa
May 3 - 23, 2003
What a huge smile you put on Ellie's face today when you arrived! Elle, you, her sister Annie and Mom sat down and read about you. We hope that your stay in DeWitt, Iowa was as much fun as other places.
We can say that yours and Ellie's numbers stayed in good range. With a few exceptions. Ellie liked seeing your pump. She is on multiple daily injections 4 times each day with Humalog and Lantus, and she thinks a pump might be good for her one day. Ellie was diagnosed in January 2002 and has a cousin with type 1, too. Whew! We have stayed busy with soccer games and softball practices. I think school was one of your favorite places, though. Ellie had so much fun having you at school with her classmates every day. As you found out, Rufus, there are always kids that can use a good Rufus hug! And one of Ellie's classmates is from Canada where you came from!
Thanks for giving Ellie extra encouragement with her lunch shot. She has so impressed her school nurse, and everyone at school was impressed with you. Oh yeah, Ellie discovered that you like to be read to!
Another place you really liked was our Goosebarn. As you found out, this is where we make Canada Goose Decoys for hunters. Wow, you told us that you have seen lots of live ones on your travels! Ellie and her sister, Annie, gave you a fun ride on one. Ellie also showed you the incubator we had about 30 duck eggs in. Yes, you had a hard time saying that word. We can tell you that 27 ducks hatched. Ellie and Annie were sorry you couldn't see them. We know that you really liked your vending machine snack that day, too! We made sure we washed your paws, though!
Ellie wants to say thanks for so many fun times. Especially for sticking around to be interviewed with her, Annie, and her Rufus and Ruby. Ellie knows that she has to take insulin and from a seven year old's perspective, she educates people as best she can.
Don't forget your sleeping buddies, your movie trip, your school field trip, and more. The girls will miss you, but know that you made a good impact on the Ladehoff family and DeWitt, Iowa!
P.S. Ellie still hasn't grown her front teeth!
The Ladehoff Family
Ellie and first grade friends
Ellie and Rufus checking on duck eggs in the incubator
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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