Sunday, April 5, 2009

Cook Children's Transitional Care Unit Weekend at Camp John Marc

This weekend, we were treated to the Cook Children's Transitional Care Unit Camp at Camp John Marc south of Cleburne. Cooks does this camp every year for children whom have spent time in the Transitional Care Unit and their families. It was a wonderful experience, and we had the honor of meeting almost 30 other families with tragic, yet miraculous stories of brain rehabilitation. We will all get to go until Jessie is 12 years-old. At that point, she can still go, but we have to stay at home. She gets to go by herself.

We spent a marvelous weekend at Camp John Marc, and the kids got to do all kinds of fun stuff. We had a cabin to ourselves, and got to see all of the staff from Cook Children's hospital in-patient rehab unit. It was a memorable weekend. Below are a few pictures.

This is Candice and Josh. Candice is a volunteer who stuck with our family and showed us the ropes. She is a Criminal Justice major at UNT, and this was her first year to volunteer at the camp. Before, she had always been here before with her brother who was inured by a drunk driver and spent time on the unit. Matt asked her if she could come home and live with us. She was very sweet. The same accident that injured her brother took her Mom's life.

This is "Sugar Momma" or as Jessie called her at Cooks "Sugar Plumb" Everyone loves Sugar Momma and she loves all the kids. This lady needs a raise, because she keeps every one's spirits alive when you are on the rehab floor. Jessie loves her.

This was our "Egg Drop" physics project. We Lost! :-( Our Egg broke. But it was fun.

This is what the kids like the most. The Ropes Tower!

If you make it up, you get to go down the Zip Line!!!!!!!!!

Even Old Dad gave it a shot.

And Made it.

Jessie can't do it until she is one year post surgery, but she enjoyed watching. She'll do it next year.
We met another Hemi family there. The little girl had her Hemispherectomy due to an in-utero stroke that caused intractable seizures.
All-in-All, it was a growing experience for all of us. When you think that you have problems in life, go to a camp like this, and you will meet people with stories that will put perspective back in your life. It was a very humbling weekend.
We ended it with a beautiful outdoor church service in a chapel in the woods. A perfect end to a perfect weekend.
God Bless and have a GREAT week. Cris

1 comment:

Holly said...

that is so nice that they have this for the children