Thursday, June 26, 2008

Welcome Home Kody Bear!!

We showed up right on time to pick him up yesterday...but the little booger kept us waiting a good 15 minutes while he hugged on every last girl at Camp Boggy Creek.
He seriously did not want to leave that place. :0)

Here he is right before we left to go home. He's with his camp "pals/counselors" who took the very best care of him. One in particular that checked on him all throughout the night to make sure his head was propped up on his pillows so he wouldn't wake up with a headache.
How cool is that? :0)



You can see by this quick snap that he was pretty upset to have to go.
Leaving kids/friends that have medical issues similar to his own, who know what it's like to be teased and treated like outcasts by the "normal" kids, just wasn't something that he or hundreds of others just like him wanted to do. Six days of constant spoiling, playing, laughing and loving just isn't long enough.

For most of these kids, leaving camp yesterday meant being smacked back into reality.
Although it is summer vacation just about everywhere, reality to a cancer kid isn't all about sleeping late, swimming and hanging out with friends.
It's more like...
Waking up early to get to another Dr's appointment.
Popping prescription pills at set times, all day long.
Needles, tests and hospitals.
Teasing, stares and rude comments made by other kids.

Kody gets alot of that.
Honestly..his voice problems and his eye and face tics are so bad again that leaving the safety net of camp or home is something he'd rather not ever do anymore.
The medications are not working again. The new med's are doing virtually nothing and again, we are confused as to what is going on and how to help him.
Hopefully, next month when we see his neurologist again, he'll have researched enough to give us some answers.

Anywho's...back to some brighter news.

When we picked him up yesterday, from the second we went through the front gates..as soon as we mentioned we were Kody with a "K's" parents...absolutely everybody there knew him, hung out with him and partied Boggy style with him.
Absolutely everybody there loved him. :0)

Some of the comments we heard were..

He's incredibly polite.
Has sooo much energy.
Is the happiest kid they've ever seen.
Is a leader.
Has a personality and an ora about him that you never forget.
Makes friends so easily.
All the other campers loved him.
The younger ones wanted to be with him all the time.
The older ones thought he was just the coolest.
Is soooo funny.
He's definitely not shy.
He has TDF hair.
Is awesome, in fact so awesome that a camp counselor made him a wooden necklace that says "Kody is Awesome".
I'll have to snap a picture of it later..it's so sweet.

And, this is my favorite..

Another camper who's name starts with "S" and who is Kody's same age fell head over heels in love with him.
Kody actually admitted to me that on "Dance Night" she came up to him, put her hands on his heart and said "Kody, I love you".

Ummmm...I now have a 12 year old boy who wants to travel south to be with his girl.
OK, like..no.

Oh...I can't leave out the two 20 something "hot" {Kody's words} camp counselors whom Kody has the ole' hots for.

And he's only 12....

I'll get some more pic's up a little later.
Right now, I've got to take care of a few things around here before teh morning turns into afternoon.

Kolin's last day of summer school is tomorrow and you can bet he is thrilled about that. :0)
Incase you can't get enough of him..here's a quick snap from a couple days ago when Karl took him and Kaysha fishing.
I went to..but I don't "fish". Gross.



Have a great day everyone!!!

Love, Kim

4 comments:

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Awesome blog lay out Kim!!

Sounds like camp is a safe wonderful haven for Kody. How nice that he gets to enjoy a period of no worries.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that all gets worked out with his meds. That must be supremely frustrating for you all.

Yeah for Kolin and the end of Math School!!

What the heck is TDF hair?

Hallie :)

Lisa said...

I'm sure that Kody would make a great councillor himself one day at Camp Boggy Creek. Love to youall and welcome home Bear.

acutescrubnurse said...

Kim and Family,
Sounds like Kody had a great time at camp...sounds like alot of fun!! My son is in Atlanta this week. He is competing in the National FBLA Convention....he went to camp last summer, but this is more his style, (who wouldn't want to live in a 5 star hotel for a week??) However, I miss him like crazy and we are only on day 2!!
Hope you all have a nice weekend!!
Rita

Erin said...

I never wanted to leave diabetes camp as a kid either! I am so happy that Kody had an amazing time at Boggy Creek! I noticed in one of your pictures that its part of the Hole in the Wall Camp (which my sister went to & loved)- how cool!!

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