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The Phillips Family, Waterville, Maine

April 2003

We have had a wonderful visit with Rufus in Maine! Elizabeth has had a busy time while he has been here! She has been to many ballet lessons and rehearsals at the Bossov Ballet Theatre (she's a fawn in Scheherazade at the end of May). She and Colin have both performed as orphans in their kids' choir production. She has completed all of her subjects for second grade except Science, and we should be finished with that soon.

We are planning more hikes and trips around Maine, so we'll be getting lots of exercise this summer! Libby took Rufus to her quarterly endo visit in Augusta with Dr. Olshan. Her diabetes nurse educators thought Rufus was adorable (of course!) and had to check out all of his injection sites.

Libby's big adventure while Rufus was here happened while Mom and Dad were out of town on a weekend trip to the coast. One evening, Libby's blood glucose levels kept dropping and dropping even though Grammie and Grampie did everything right with her testing and her pump. Even when they gave her plenty of juice and glucose tablets, they could not get her out of the 30's and 40's. Libby ended up in the hospital so that she could get glucose and saline put straight into her blood. We came right back from the coast. Libby felt much better in the morning and went home later that day. We think she might have had a little bit of the flu and that her dinner had not digested enough to convert to glucose, but since no one knew this was happening at the time, she ended up getting way too much insulin. We have been charting her blood glucose levels extra carefully since then to help adjust her basal rates. We got a new meter that keeps track of all sorts of readings and trends, so that has been helping, too.

Now, we're getting ready for Libby's 8th birthday in two weeks. We are having cupcakes instead of a big cake, because the carb count is super easy that way!

Thanks for visiting, Rufus! You've been a big encouragement to Libby! Have a safe journey back to Laura and on to the rest of your travels!

The Phillips Family
Mike and Jennifer, Elizabeth (7, diagnosed 1/01, pumping 1/02), Colin (5), John (21 months)

Libby, Natalya, and Nicole

Colin and Libby

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