Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I am insane

One thing about Drew is he can be impulsive.  It is part of the executive function issues that comes with Tourette's.  I have told by many parents who have been where we are, that it will pass.  His brain just has to catch up.  That is one of the many things the school did not understand  It is part of the neurological process of Tourette's.  It got very frustrating at times. We know some things are not "typical 5th grade behavior" but the are typical Tourette's behavior.

We want Drew to have all the experiences possible that all kids his age have. He has no desire to play sports but he wants to go to camp.  He will be going to 2 camps this summer.  The second one he goes to will be Boy Scout camp.

We know that Drew would do alright at camp but we also know that things could go south fast if he gets overly frustrated and there is no one who knows the ins and outs of Tourette's.

Scott can't take a week off  in July so I am going to Boy Scout camp as an adult leader.  Anyone who knows me from my child is now laughing their BUTT off.  I HATED scout camp.  It made me quit scouts when I was 11.  I couldn't wait to get away from that place and never go back. The heat, the humidity in Kansas in July, the bugs, the camp food.  YUCK on all counts!

 I HATED camping until we moved to California.  We started camping with our homeschool group.  We would go a couple times a summer for 3-5 days on the coast.  We would go up around Fr. Bragg or the Mendocino area. I loved falling asleep listening to the ocean crashing on the shore.  It was so relaxing and peaceful.

Somehow I don't think this is going to be as relaxing as camping on a beach watching the birds fly over head and the surfers  in the waves. I think it will be about 34 boys and 6 adults and no wine and cheese for a week.

I will survive, I will be better for it and Drew will have an experience of a lifetime.  Who knows I may enjoy it so much I will do it ever summer. Or maybe not.

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