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Re: [IPk] US summer camps



Karen - you certainly have sold Sweeney to us!!  (we have already bookmarked 
session 3 dates in next year's diary) A few, hopefully simple queries about 
Sweeney that aren't answered on their website...

In the last few years that you have been going, what do you do with 
yourselves - do you stay locally? travel around the US or even travel 
internationally? - would any of these options be inadvisable in your opinion 
and experience? We are hoping that we can use the time exploring some US 
cities, maybe NewOrleans and maybe others too....

I notice that they base the personal meal plans on the US 'exchange 
system' - I'm not familiar with this, we carb count as Alice is pumping. Are 
there any things like this that it would be worth genning up on before the 
trip?

Looking at the booking forms, they require statements from Doctors and 
Insurance details etc - I assume I would ask my DSN's and would refer to our 
standard travel insurance - is this right?

Alice is already completely hooked on Sweeney (as we are) - thanks for 
sharing Sarahs experiences of her time there.

Take care
Angie
Mum to Alice 5, dx 02/05, pumping Cozmo 12/07

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "K Persov gmail" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2008 7:41 PM
Subject: [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
> way.
>
> 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
> me.
>
> Karen Persov
> .
.
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