The Morgan Family, Lenoir, North Carolina
November 24, 2001
Today, Rufus came to Lenoir, North Carolina at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2001. Luckily, Biz, Jenna, and Natalie were there to welcome Rufus. As soon as we got him, we saw his site was coming off, so we gave him a new one. He also got to be in a special home video, so we can always remember him!
On Sunday, he went to church and sang with the congregation. He also went to my brother’s and my Sunday school class. He got to meet my Sunday school classmates. He also got to play paper football while waiting for our Sunday school teacher.
December 1, 2001
Today Rufus got to be in my gymnastics exhibition. He did a balance beam routine. He got nervous, which made his blood sugar go up to 304, but he did fine. Jenna did her balance beam routine, also.
December 4, 2001
Today, Rufus got to meet a bunch of kids who also have diabetes. It’s just a coincidence, but at Jenna’s middle school, or 450 students, 8 kids have diabetes. Six of them have type 1 diabetes (4 of those have insulin pumps), one boy has type 2 diabetes, and one of the students was diagnosed this summer, and isn’t on insulin, so it’s not known if she has type 1 in honeymoon or type 2. They all liked Rufus very much, and made a cart to put in his journal. After support group at school, he stayed with Jenna all day and met lots of other kids, and the teachers, too.
That night, we had our JDRF Catawba Valley C.U.R.E. (Care, Understanding, Research, and Education) meeting. We meet at a church with a pastor who has type 1 diabetes, also. Rufus played Pictionary with the kids, and had his picture taken there, too. Each family brought a diabetes heatlhy snack, and he really enjoyed the treats. He must have bolused pretty well, because his sugar was 158 when we got home.
December 5, 2001
Today was a big day for Rufus. The Olympic Torch Relay is passing through our area. Rufus started out in Hickory, NC (about 20 miles from our house) where he got to do the virtual-reality ski jump, then see a runner take the torby by. He got a pin for the Olympic Torch Relat to add to his collection. Then he went to Charlotte, NC, for a big ceremony. Just as he was walking down the street, all the torch runners were gathered for a meeting. He got to meet a lot of the runners, and even hold one of the torches. He tried to get on the news, because one of the tv stations was there, but it didn’t work out. Rufus is very excited about the Olympics, and hopes he gets to go one day.
December 9, 2001
Rufus helped our family decorate the Christmas tree. He is very excited about Christmas. He knows a secret. Jenna likes Rufus so well, she wants a Rufus of her own. Her new Rufus will be under the tree on Christmas morning.
Decmeber 12, 2001
It’s tme for Rufus to move on. His box got wet and was kind of falling apart when he got to our house, so Mom is going to look for a new box for him, and get him on his way to Virginia. Take care, Rufus!
From Jenna Bowen, and her mom, Nancy Morgan