camping blues

My son and I signed up to go to summer church camp,and now I am thinking this may not be suitable for my son and his needs.My son as mosyt of you already know is a special needs child,who gets easily over stimulated with lots going on,he also has severe kidney damage and has to be

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    maria
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    My son and I signed up to go to summer church camp,and now I am

    thinking this may not be suitable for my son and his needs.My son as

    mosyt of you already know is a special needs child,who gets easily over

    stimulated with lots going on,he also has severe kidney damage and has

    to be cathed every 4 hours.He goes to a medical camp every year and

    does just fine,and figured he would be ok in a normal camp

    situation,but after talking to the youth pastor about it I'm having 2nd

    thoughts..He told me that all the boys would be in one cabin(meaning

    the teens with the little boys excetra) and the girls in the other,my

    son needs alot of guidence,as to what to do,and im afraid he wont get

    that because there will be too much going on. I also asked him about

    the cathing,he told me well he can be cathed before bed,I told him he

    needs to be cathed every 4 hours,he looked at me and then said well

    theres going to be a nurse there and we'd figure something out,to me he

    didnt seem he wanted to be bothered by it,so i now dont know if we

    should go,what do you all think??








  2. #2
    Karen
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    Other than having to leave the group and go to the nurse every 4 hours -

    will he be able to keep up with everything else? Will he remember to

    go to the nurse every 4 hours?? Unless this camp is set up for

    children with disabilities, I'd be really careful. A lot of camps have

    teens helping and they are going to be pretty overwhelmed with all the

    kids to supervise and have activities to run. At a lot of the camps

    the kids are here for an hour and then they switch to a different

    activity - so there may not be anyone to know when your son's 4 hours

    are over. Would your son remember and then leave in the middle of an

    activity???? or would he put it off?? KarenMO












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    lisa griffeth
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    Unless your son has his heart set on going, I'd keep him home for your peace of mind.


    JMHO


    Lisa






  4. #4
    Rhonda Bates
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    Well, my special needs son does not go to summer camp. His school district

    is required to provide him with summer school and he does activities there

    that are appropriate for him.



    Rhonda in TX






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    R NORTH
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    if he's not cath'd doesn't that increase the possibility of infections? if they are not trained what happens? is it a real nurse or not? many people call anyone who sticks bandaids on the kids a nurse

    what are the results of over stim? does he have behavior issues? will it cause a meltdown when he comes home?

    if he has to be cath'd will the kids make fun of him at school?
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  6. #6
    maria
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    the reason for the cathing is to stop the urine from backing up into his kidneys(refluxing)and he will get UTIs if he doesnt cath. AS for the camp nurse i dont know if she is an LPN or not but i attend to be there with him when its cathing time.As for over stimulation,yes he tends to mis behave when this happens,he also has melt downs but i think sugar triggers that,because he hasnthad one in a great while,or coming down froma sugar high one of the two

    R NORTH <hslinks@gmail.com> wrote: if he's not cath'd doesn't
    that increase the possibility of infections? if they are not trained what happens? is it a real nurse or not? many people call anyone who sticks bandaids on the kids a nurse

    what are the results of over stim? does he have behavior issues? will it cause a meltdown when he comes home?
    <BR clear="all">if he has to be cath'd will the kids make fun of him at school?
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    R NORTH
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    Don&#39;t you just &#39;love&#39; the scientist who say sugar has NO EFFECT on kids?

    I&#39;ve always wanted to lock them in a room with my kids on sugar (especially my middle one)

    If you are going to be there anyway, any chance of bringing him home at night? this way he will not have as much chance for making bad choices at the end of the day (when he&#39;s tired anyway) .. Kids usually end up doing the creepy stories, dares etc at night

    Ria



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    Lynne Gardner
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    I think it totally depends of the nurse available. I also wonder if the 4 hrs is

    set in stone. I have been an RN for almost 30 yrs and many of my pts have been

    straight cathed at 6 or even 8 hr intervals. Why the 4 hr timeline? Is he

    incontinent if he is not cathed? and if so how would that be managed in the camp

    setting? I am also pretty sure that youth pastor does want him its just a

    question of how to meet his needs and help him have a most blessed experience

    while with others at church camp. Also, how does your son feel about this

    opportunity?Lynne Gardner

    " Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in

    Christ also has forgiven you." Eph. 4:32










 

 
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