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[IPk] US summer camps

About US diabetic summer camps. Please note my posting referred to Camp
Sweeney in Gainesville Texas. My daughter's friends in the US do have
experience of other camps, but their consensus is that Sweeney is best. Over
the 3 week program alot of emphasis is placed on educating the kids about
diabetes, diabetic management and complications.. all in a fun and rewarding

All the major drug companies help sponsor Sweeney and provide tests strips,
insulin, lancets etc.. Sarah leaves each year with a bags of freebies from
Roche, Animas, Bd etc/. The local ranchers provide free cows (for steaks,
BBQ's, burgers etc), the local cinema gives them free movie trips, the local
bowling club  bowling, even a fair ground comes and sets up in the camp
grounds for 1 night per session.. etc. The top endos and diabetic
specialists also donate their time. Sweeney therefore has amazing facilities
and is run as a non-profit making organisation. From experience.. it seems
that the Texans are more charity-minded than here in the US and I suspect
this is why we don't have such special dedicated facilities here.

They test Sarah's blood continuously, including as many times during the
night as they deem necessary, which with Sarah's lack of hypo awareness is
at least 3 times during the night. Yes I wish we had a similar facility
here, but we have also made many, many good friends over the years going to
camp and somehow the Americans seem to have a much more positive approach
than us. Sarah is doing 2-three week sessions back to back this year and
leaves on June 28th. She's missing the last week of school because the
school is doing a 3 day trip to the Isle of Wight.. Sarah could be allowed
to go only if my husband or I accompanied her AND she would agree to sleep
in a cabin with us not her school friends.. and they wanted #200 each for
that too.

Any mums having problems with school care/nursery care, please contact me..
Sarah has a 33 hr full time carer funded by the local authority under a SEN
statement. Anyone wanting to get their young kids Statemented can contact

Karen Persov
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