Summer Camp Part 7 : Friday

By Erin Schovel Turnham

Friday, June 14, 2019

Home Again

Time to go get my boy from his summer camp adventure! Sunshine and I are ready for the trip. I’ve got my coffee. She has a notebook and crayons. Let’s go!

It’s a beautiful summer morning. I just had to stop to get a picture of the Camp ASCCA sign on this beautiful tree lined road. Yes, I stopped the car and no one was behind me.

Once we arrived, Sunshine and I went through the checkout process in the dining hall. A counselor reviewed with me the record of Grasshopper’s blood sugars during the week. Rhonda McDavid, Executive Director of Camp Seale Harris, stopped me on my way out the door. She said that campers are able to earn beads through the week for completing various tasks and for behaving well. Grasshopper got beads for listening to his counselor, changing his site mostly by himself, and for meeting his self proclaimed goal of not getting his hair wet while going down the water slide!

After we finished check out, we were able to walk to Grasshopper’s cabin to gather his luggage, and the boy himself. He saw us coming and greeted us with the best run up bear hugs EVER.

Sunshine gave him the drawing she made on our way there. Grasshopper was excited to show us he had lost his third baby tooth at camp! He was spilling over with joy to tell us about all the things he had done. It made my heart full to hear that he had enjoyed it so much. He had been on the zip line, he tried tubing for the first time, he went swimming, horseback riding, fishing, played some pretty elaborate games of tag or hide and seek (or both??), and so many more activities that I couldn’t catch because the words came tumbling out.

We said our goodbyes, shared hugs, high fives and fist bumps with counselors, nurses, and staff. Grasshopper admitted he didn’t want to leave! I am encouraged to know that he is excited about going back for more Camp Seale Harris fun. To ease the transition we had lunch at Niffer’s At The Lake with his good buddy and cabin mate W and his sweet mama.

Our drive home was fairly quiet. Once home the fireworks started. Post camp meltdowns. Multiple. It’s hard to be home after a week away.

The disrespect is going strong over here. And so are the “go back to your room until you can be respectful to the rest of the family “ moments. Woof. He held it together all week. They say kids lose it on the people they trust the most. So yay me!

Grasshopper is tired, hungry, and missing the freedom of camp. But I know that some dinner, and a good night’s sleep will turn his attitude around, so that is what I’ll tackle next. Thanks to the mental break that camp gave ME, I can stay calm in the midst of his storm and give him the stability he needs. It may be wrinkled from the suitcase, but the back of Grasshopper’s camp shirt speaks truth. There’s no place like diabetes camp.

Epilogue: As expected, with some food in his tummy and a solid night of sleep, Grasshopper was back to his usual cheerful self the next morning. He hasn’t stopped talking about camp. It makes me so happy to hear just how exciting it all was for him to be immersed in camp fun with 150 or so other kids who truly understand what type 1 diabetes is. Together we are stronger than we are apart.

Summer Camp 2019 Part 1 : Saturday

By Erin Schovel Turnham

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Wild & Free : Part 1 of 7

I’m trying not to hyperventilate. Tomorrow we drop Grasshopper off at a week long summer camp for the first time away from both of us. Ever. Continue reading →

Mud Volleyball

By Erin Turnham

This was in August, 2018 and it was a BLAST! $834 was raised for T1D Mod Squad.

You know when you get that urge to drive 4 hours to go play volleyball in a mud pit with people you’ve never met? Yeah. I’m there. Continue reading →

T1D Black Belt

by Erin

I shared with my blog partner, Alese, what I am about to share with you. She started sending me Chuck Norris memes and called me a type 1 diabetes black belt. I think I am still a white belt, but I’m adding stripes!

Thanks to resources like the books Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner, Sugar Surfing by Dr. Stephen Ponder, the Juicebox Podcast by Scott Benner, and online support groups like SHIFT: Proactive CGM Management, I’m figuring out the timing for my 7 year old Grasshopper’s insulin. I’ve been trying this stuff for maybe a year and a half now and I think I’m finally starting to get it. Continue reading →

Positive Change Talk at Auburn University

“Why did you forget your diabetes supplies??”

“You should check your blood sugar more often.”

“It is SO important for you to take your insulin on time because if you don’t you could go into a coma!”

by Erin

I spent my Saturday morning as a participant in a research study conducted by Dr. Jan Kavookjian at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University. The purpose of the study, per Dr. Kavookjian’s materials, is to “gather parent perceptions about what it is like to communicate with a child or teen who has type 1 or 2 diabetes.”

As parents and caregivers we want to FIX IT. Both the big things we know we can’t fix (our kids are stuck with T1D until there is a cure) and the smaller things (my kid won’t bring along the needed supplies). Continue reading →

Sugar Rush Survivors Playlist

What music moves you? What songs resonate with you?

When you are having a difficult day… or week… or year… with type 1 diabetes, or just with life, what do you listen to that helps you get through?

Leading up to the spring of 2017 I was having a rough time. I felt like a failure, like everything I was doing as a T1D mom and in life was not good enough. It turns out that depression tells a person those kinds of lies. Continue reading →

A Tale of Tuesday

by Erin

Now that Grasshopper is playing baseball we have some evenings when we have to grab dinner and head to the field early and stay late. Here’s our Tuesday evening in photos, from dinner in the car on the way to the ball field for pictures, to batting practice, the game, with Dexcom G6 graph screenshots throughout. Thanks to Sugar Surfing and Arden’s Day/Juicebox Podcast, we had a smooth night of blood sugars! We bumped it up with carbs when needed, reduced his pump a bit, and he had a ton of fun out there. The icing on the cupcake is that his team won, 14-3! Continue reading →