It looks like Ally is not alone in thinking about Diabetes Summer Camp. Haley and Kelly wrote about their Diabetes Camp experiences on Naturally Sweett's blog last month.
My initial reaction to sending my soon to be 8 year old away for a week is NO WAY!! I know my girl and I know that she is very timid. It takes her so long to warm up to a new situation and feel comfortable. I worry that she will be homesick. I'm concerned that she will worry about her health needs. Will the stress of being away from home cause the exciting camp experience to backfire?
I promised myself that I would give it a hard look...with an open mind. I need to do this for her.
It would be a good opportunity for my husband and I to have special time with the other two girls, especially Jessi. I only say that because Lexi is probably too young to understand that Ally gets a lot of D related attention. You and I know that neither of the girls would really appreciate the kind of attention I'm talking about, in the D sense. But they don't see it that way. They only see that someone else is getting more attention than they are...a lot of the time.
I would be able to sleep a whole night through (although chances are that I will be lying awake wondering if she is ok).
Above all I KNOW that this would be the BEST opportunity ever for Ally! She would have the chance to feel that "SAME" - the way that I felt when I started making connections in the DOC. It is an amazing feeling to know that you are not alone. I want Ally to feel that. I can't imagine how isolated she must feel at times. I try so hard to imagine what it is like to live with diabetes every single day...but at the end of the day I don't have diabetes.
It would also be a great chance for her to gain some independence in her own diabetes care.
Ok...I'm about to hyperventilate here just thinking about it. sigh. breathe. breathe. breathe.
I cry every time that I think about Ally being gone for a whole week. I can't imagine how I will hold it together when the day comes that I have to drop her off at camp. I can't imagine what I will do with myself all week...except for missing my girl.
I'm afraid she will be homesick. I am slightly worried about puting her diabetes care in the hands of strangers for a whole week! I am just going to miss her beautiful spirit.
Now, with all that being said...did you notice that I said "I am going to..." If she feels ready, I will totally encourage her..I'll just be going crazy on the inside. I know what a wonderful opportunity this will be for Ally and I want that for her. So, we will just have to see if she feels ready this year. But if not, I know that she will be ready sometime in the near future.
Now, tell me. Is your child going to sleep away camp this year? Will this be his or her first time? If not, I could use all the tips I can get...just in case this ends up being a go for us this year!
**Ironically, just as I was about to publish this blog post, I received an email notifying me of this program offered by Lilly Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association...
Today Lilly Diabetes announced it will help children with diabetes attend summer camp by donating 88 scholarships to the American Diabetes Association’s 2011 campership program – one scholarship for each year Lilly Diabetes has supported the needs of those living with diabetes, beginning in 1923 when Lilly introduced the world's first commercial insulin.I love that they are making Diabetes Summer Camp a possibility for some children who may not otherwise have been able to attend.