Camp is almost over for my son this summer. Such a bittersweet feeling. I hate that we even know about it, but so so SO grateful for the wonderful experiences he has while there. I seriously LOVE that place. I'm sitting here watching the final campfire live, catching glimpses of my son, laughing and being goofy and it's just so valuable, this time he has with people who just GET it. I'm watching an adorable 6 year old play the piano right now, oh my, what a sweetie. Then I start crying because that sweet six year old, not to mention my amazing 17 year old, has this cursed disease and why can't the craziness just STOP. No real point to this post other than to say that D CAMP ROCKS!! Seriously, if you are on the fence about sending a kid, go for it, it's just such a valuable experience. And yeah, last year there was some controversy about Sweeney, and I fully expect my kid to come home with the sniffles, what we affectionately call sweeney flu...you just can't have 100s of kids in one place for 3 weeks and not expect illness. But it's worth it. I've missed him so much. But I can't say I have missed diabetes. This year in particular I have relished the time without worry, without doing the little dance of "what's your sugar" without irritating him or causing him to go to his room. I haven't missed his high blood sugar rages or his ravenous lows. I haven't missed diabetic confetti, though I have laughingly enjoyed my runs every morning and seeing the 7 strips that are scattered a MILE away from my house, where we leave the trash for pickup. Went to the store yesterday and stocked up on sausage and chocolate milk, some ramen noodles and peanut butter and ritz! LOL, I don't think I've cooked more than twice since he left, and I've definitely not thought about carbs. (and just for the record, that's not what I COOK, that's what he eats in between meals...and he wonders why he's high???). So, send your kid to camp. He'll make friendships that are invaluable, he'll fill his emotional toolbox up with folks he knows are there for him, thick or thin, and he'll have an amazing time in the meantime. Dh and I take the time to have a night out, no kids, on the return trip home. Win-win!