Monday, July 22, 2013

Camp 2013


Brakes don't fail me now

Translation: WELCOME BACK!

Diabetes camp 2013 was a
really good year! The sign
to the left signals that we are
only a few minutes away.
And they are not kidding about the "hill". 
Straight down to the river valley.  

               


What was your favorite part about diabetes camp this year?
  Roo: Meeting so many great people  (sorry I didn't get pics!)
  Pink: The people in my cabin


"This year I could stay longer." ~Pink
What exactly do they lance
their fingers with at night?
"Best year ever!" ~Roo

The girl in front of us in line was diagnosed only 2 months earlier.

Main lodge

Name one thing (anything) that you learned at camp this year.
  Roo: You have to have graduated to work there 
  Pink: Nothing





No scary stories this year.  Last year Pink had a T1D counselor need some help from some Glucagon at some point.  She was fine and I am still confident of the care given at the camp.  They even do night checks on all the campers and T1D counselors (and sometimes nonD counselors - OOPS!)  

One of the cabin areas


really roughin' it

What was your least favorite thing about camp this year?
   Roo: No chocolate
   Pink: The heat


Apparently there are multiple discussions about the regularity of one's bowels. Well, in Roo's circle anyway. Topics include "have you yet", "how many days has it been" and the like.

speech before getting kids back



Would you recommend diabetes camp to other kids with diabetes?
  Roo: It should be mandatory
  Pink: Definitely



diabetes care everywhere
BGs: 402 and 155

The kids come marching down from the cabins chanting (see movie at the end of this post) and give a small presentation on the stage in the above picture.  Pink was looking at her pump during the presentation which is alarming because she doesn't have a CGM so the pump must have been alarming.  Zero units left.  Great - I didn't bring any insulin with me...well, because I'm picking them up from diabetes camp where there's tons of insulin. So I zipped into the med cabin to fill Pink's reservoir and they just tossed me an entire vial of insulin.  Score!  We filled up in the van.


Add'l swag: backpack
towel, water bottle


If you had to choose between diabetes camp and Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference at Disney World which would you choose?
  Roo: Camp
  Pink: Both c:

This was the first year both girls went the same week.  It takes three times longer to check in two campers as it does one.  It takes four times longer to check out two campers as it does one.


At the end of the parent's speech they shoot off a really loud canon to signal we are ready for the kids.  Here is a video of the campers and counselors marching down to join the parents. This was our third year of camp and I have yet to keep my shit together when all these beauties march by.

video

25 comments:

  1. I loved camp as a kid, and I don't think anything can compare. But now that I'm an adult, I can't imagine not going back to Friends for Life!

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  2. Ok, first hilarious..the massive blood drops!! Second? The KIDS talk about their bowel habits? That's a mom thing! ; ) haha!
    Glad they had a blast!! Lifelong friends for sure ; )
    Thanks for checking in!! Hugs, holly

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  3. Thanks for the blog comment! it means I found THIS blog.
    cute post.. I loved reading their reactions.

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    1. Hi and thanks for commeting! I've gotta tell ya...yesterday I shared your blog with the girls' dental hygientist, whose husband has Type1, when I overheard her saying he was missing RAGRAI this week (https://www.facebook.com/#!/RAGBRAI).

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  4. No chocolate?? I don't know about that. Friends for Life has chocolate. ;)

    And happy #dblogcheck day!!

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    1. The councelors that work all summer always comment about no dessert during diabetes week. But then the girls tell me they had giant cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Go figure.

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  5. Bahahaha about the bowel movements... What a strange thing to discuss if you're to 70.

    My daughter's not old enough for camp, but I will say that FFl is pretty awesome. Like Karen said, there is chocolate!

    Thanks for the comment... I didn't even know today was dblogcheck day. Looks like I have some commenting to do

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    1. I know - the poo talk cracks me up. So out of character.

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  6. Camp is so awesome, and it sounds like they had a blast! Ironically, I went as a kid right after being diagnosed, and didn't enjoy it - but that was only because of the mosquitoes that attacked me! Now, I'm on a camp board and it's completely heart-warming to see how camp makes a difference to the kids. And of course, to the D-parents! Thanks for sharing this camp experience here, and overall for the great blog. Oh, and about no chocolate... just think about having chocolate in that kind of heat - it'd be wasted! So, saving chocolate was in mind!

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  7. Love This!!
    Would you recommend diabetes camp to other kids with diabetes?
    Roo: It should be mandatory
    Pink: Definitely
    TRUTH!

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  8. I got so terribly homesick as a kid that I only made it to diabetes camp once. But I am so glad your girls had a wonderful time!

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    1. This is Pink! The first two years she also was terribly homesick but kept it mostly to herself. Poor sweetie!

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  9. This sounds like so much fun! (And like Jess, my experience wasn't so pleasant, but this isn't about me). But I'm pretty sure that adults discuss bowels because regularity is important; kids discuss it because talking about poop is funny. There's a difference.

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  10. No chocolate?! ... That's just not right :)

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  11. I'm so happy I found your blog! I am a T1D, and my sister is a T1D - four years younger and diagnosed about four years after me (not four days, ZOINKS!)

    I loved diabetes camp, too!

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  12. So awesome! Sounds like they absolutely loved it. :-)

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    1. I bow to the master of commeting.

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  13. We sometimes discuss bowels at FFL too, just a warning.

    I like the "both" answer ;)

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    1. That doesn't scare me! I actually like to talk about things people don't like to talk about.

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  14. "Which one?"

    "Yes."

    Sounds like a smart kid. :)

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  15. I loved diabetes camp when I was a kid and I wish I could go back! I'm glad your girls had fun.

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