It's amazing how different I feel about this each year. This is actually Kevin's 4th year at this camp, and is gone only a week. The first year (he was 8) I was a basket case. I had shopped for months for the things he needed ... trunk, sheets, towels, flashlight ... and probably had him packed 3 weeks in advance. The 2nd year, I re-washed all the linen and labelled his clothes the month before. The first year I cried the whole way home after dropping him off, and sent him letters almost daily. This year, the trunk is on my bedroom floor, I made sure that there are new batteries in the flashlight, and haven't even thought of what needs to go in there ... and he goes tomorrow! LOL The reality is, he'll have a great time, come back dirty and stinky, and everything in that trunk will have to be washed (twice!) The one 'thing' that gets to me is they have a dance each year, and this year decided to do a 'theme' with a different theme each week. For Kevin's week, it's 'formal' ... shirt/tie for the boys, dresses for the girls. At camp? Hello? What am I missing? 99% of the time these kids don't even shower! Well, Kevin doesn't even own a tie. I'm sending the stuff he wore to his 5th grade luncheon (nice shirt/pants/shoes) and that better be enough. If not, no biggie ... he comes home the next day.
The other 'difference' this year is that Kevin is doing this med-free. For those of you that don't know, Kevin has some behavioral challenges ... ADHD/ODD/auditory processing problems (to name a few) and has been on meds for the past 2 years. Meds helped him for a long time, but the beginning of this year, it wasn't working. Since then, the docs have tried different meds and combinations, without really seeing the results we had in the past. A month ago, I said ENOUGH! And, I pulled him off everything cold turkey (despite some apprehension of my own, and the raised eyebrows of the docs.) And, I'm (VERY) pleased to report that the results have been excellent. He's really done very well. It's a long story, and for those who really don't know or understand the life of a behaviorally challenged child, it's hard to explain ... and I'm not convinced (yet) that he's outgrown this, or anything, but I'm enjoying having some semblance of 'normalcy' in my life (like I can't even explain.) SO, this year, Kevin is going to sleep away camp without having to take any meds ... He hates to feel 'different' and I know it bothered him to have to see the nurse daily. Just hope that the good behaviors we've seen at home continue next week. Cross your fingers and wish us luck.