Camp + cramp

Bigfoot not want cramp style, but think sit on folding chair hallway outside video game design camp Brown University. OK?

Filling in form for camp.

Should student be restricted from any activity due to health reasons, etc?

Bigfoot choose radio button “no.”

Does your child have any dietary restrictions? For instance, nut allergy.

Bigfoot puzzle over. Then choose radio button “no.”

Does your child have any past or current medical conditions (physical or mental) that would require special attention?

Easy. Bigfoot choose radio button “yes.”

Please explain:

Bigfoot try balance keep simple/keep it real. Say: Bubs has Type 1 diabetes and wears an insulin pump. If he experiences hypoglycemia, he will need to test his blood sugar and eat sugar to correct it. When he eats lunch, he will need to take insulin. I plan to stay close by in case he needs help.

Second guessing self: is this really necessary? But not see any way around it. It = folding chair. For summer camp…How? How this supposed work? How do we do this? School so easy with Dream Nurse. Camp nurse maybe college kid with band-aid in metal box.

Bigfoot not mind sit chair hallway, only mind feeling of doing wrong thing. Bad feeling if excessively nerd—-or worse: creepy. Good feeling if this correct diabetes parent procedure. Call camp. Camp rep. no idea what do this situation just, “Yeah…I guess…I guess you’re right…you could sit…in the hall. I think that would be permitted.” Permitted? Anyway, assume wifi abundant Brown University computer lab area. Get lots work done.

Meanwhile for good times, Dream Babysitter show up, slim little diabetes backpack over shoulder. Play Apples to Apples all evening Bubs while Bigfoot and Spouse out for white beers and dinner. When not able decide which card best match for “hairy” (George Washington v. Ladybug), Dream Babysitter award point Marvin Redpost by place game card on this book cover. “Looks like another point for Marvin Redpost.”

So funny! So kind! So diabetic! Love Dream Babysitter. Hard not hope for some current 2 year old Type 1 so Bubs can be some lucky family’s Dream Babysitter too.



  1. cbwinchild · June 9, 2012

    i will meet you in pawtucket for vegan snacks SO YOU CAN TAKE A BREAK FROM THE CHAIR. also: i’m hoping for dream camp nurse.


    • Katy · June 9, 2012

      But that’s the thing: can I LEAVE the chair? I can stand up, but I don’t think I can leave. How about you BRING ME vegan snax?


      • cbwinchild · June 10, 2012

        you can leave! i will keep you within a 5 mile radius, easy access if anything happens.


  2. Kim · June 10, 2012

    I attended a week-long sleepaway camp when I was a sophomore in high school, so my experience may be a little different. It sounds like a similar situation though. Basically, there was a nurse who kept ahold of my insulin and syringes (I wasn’t on the pump then), and then she would give them to me when I needed to use them. The rest of my care was on my own. I guess it was also like this at band camp each year of high school.

    Anyway, I think that if you and Bubs would be more comfortable having you around, that’s totally cool, but you might want to see how he does on the last day by himself or something like that. I found that, as I got older, unless there was a situation like camp to throw the usual care routine out of whack, I just let my mom take most of the responsibility for my diabetes, and, looking back, I kind of wish that I had done more sooner. I just completed my 21st year of living with T1 after being diagnosed at age 8.

    I think you guys are doing a great job!! And I really enjoy reading your blog (I came here via Kerri’s blog).


  3. Katy · June 10, 2012

    I think he would take on whatever responsibility I ask him to–he’s very capable and game. But then I think: GLUCAGON PEN. But then I think: what are the chances? But then I think: it’s his life! But then I think: any child could suddenly be in a life-threatening emergency. But then I think: everything about this is unsatisfactory. I wish there were a rule book. “Sit on a folding chair near your diabetic camper until age 11.”


  4. ktc · June 10, 2012

    I think this sounds like a great experiment… you sit in chair THIS time… if no problems, next time you try intermediate step of leaving, but being nearby… friends house, café and when all goes well, you put chair away. BTW, this sounds like AWESOME camp, i’m glad to now know about it.


  5. Reyna · June 11, 2012

    I’ve been the creepy gal sitting/stalking from the chair…for the past few years. Last year at hockey (HOCKEY) camp…I stayed for “ice time” ~ 3 hours…helped Joe with lunch check and bolus. Then left him for about an hour while Bridget and I ate…then less~obviously stalked him for the remaining 2 hours of his day. He was 8…and it was an activity laden camp. I think I would back off a bit more this year if he was attending it again. Live and learn…and they grow…and become more and more independent. Good luck Katy. xo


    • Katy · June 11, 2012

      do you teach the coach how to do the glucagon? i feel really shy (?) (presumptuous? insecure?) asking someone to learn how to do it.


  6. Nicole Purcell · June 12, 2012

    Katy – If you and your husband would like to have an evening out, I live right up the road – and I know I can handle the D – we could meet up beforehand so you can see I’m super cool, not a freak, and have my crap together. Let me know, I’m happy to make some time. I’m busy, but it’ll be worth it. I know how trying it can be – and you deserve a break here and there. You have my number from previous comment. 🙂 Nicole


  7. Nicole Purcell · June 12, 2012

    Oh nevermind… You already have babysitter – I thought that was a dream sequence… 🙂


    • Katy · June 13, 2012

      Nicole Purcell, of course I want you for a babysitter. That would be fantastic! We will meet one day! Yessss.


  8. shannon · June 15, 2012

    ahhhh i wish i had read this when you posted so then my comment could be all timely and shit and now it’s just an afterthought. 😦

    actually, too much to write here, will send in email.


Please say things:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s