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summer camp?

My daughter is 9 and went to a "spend the night" church camp last year. This was before we new about her epilepsy. She wants to go back, but I am so worried to let her go for a week. She has absence, myoclonic, and atonic seizures. She is taking Depakote, and seems to be doing well. However, this week she had an appointment at the eye doctor, and the intense light in the eyes, really set something off. Appeared to be having absence seizures during. She was wobbly after and needed to rest. Later in the day she literally fell of her seat. Did not see it but heard the thump, she says she just lost her balance, but she felt terrible the rest of the day. Pretty much unable to do anything the rest of the day because she felt so bad. This now has me worried again. What do others do when your child wants to go to summer camp? I don't want to constantly stop her from doing things, but really would like others opinions. Lori

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Re: summer camp?

Submitted by Mollysmama on Mon, 2007-04-02 - 20:48
Hi Lori, I have that same worry too. My 11 yo is going to science camp in May and I sooooo don't want her to go. She is also on Depakote and is doing okay, but I'm scared for her. I have made a huge list on rules for her - that I'm giving to the Principal. I'm going to meet with the cabin counselor (a high school girl) and I'm going to hold my breath until she comes home. Good luck to us all, d

Re: Re: summer camp?

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2007-04-04 - 00:01
Hi d - have you seen any of the camp info on the site? Wonder if the medical form would be helpful to share with the camp staff.

family and summer camp info

camp medical form

While nervousness is normal for parents, try to keep in mind all the positives, and plan some special time for yourself while she is at camp!

Epi_help

Epilepsy.com Resource Specialist

family and summer camp info

camp medical form

While nervousness is normal for parents, try to keep in mind all the positives, and plan some special time for yourself while she is at camp!

Epi_help

Epilepsy.com Resource Specialist

Re: Re: Re: summer camp?

Submitted by Mollysmama on Wed, 2007-04-04 - 12:20
Thank you so much - I am printing them out today!

Re: summer camp?

Submitted by lisaltstheresa on Tue, 2007-04-03 - 23:07
There is also epilepsy camps too that your children can go to. I am a counselor at one and the kids just love it. I have been doing it for six years now. Even the counselors enjoy it too. take care and dont worry Lisa http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/EpilepsyApproach1/ http://www.sleep-safe.co.uk/id90.htm

Re: Re: summer camp?

Submitted by Mollysmama on Wed, 2007-04-04 - 12:21
Hi Lisa, I saw a little bit yesterday, but they were in the NY area and we live in Northern CA. I was going to check on ones close to us. Thanks so much, d

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