Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Our Busy & Wonderful Summer of 2008

Video of Saebo Flex--go Cams

Vacation Bible School with cousin Clare

Beach Time! We love Florida and the Gulf Coast!!

Watching fireworks on the 4th of July with cousins at the beach. Happy 4th!!

At Gigi's house before heading to Baltimore for Cam's follow up

Girls acting silly at the aquariam in Baltimore....

Heading to Victory Junction Gang Camp!!!!

Cameron's room at camp--purple stock car bed and gas pump!! Go Pirates!!!

Vegas baby!! Outside of Cameron's camp house....

Another picture of Cameron's casa at camp..awesome place for sure!!

We picked Cameron up from camp today! We had not seen or talked to her since Sunday. She fished, rode horses, went bowling, did crafts, "rode" in a hot air baloon, went swimming, made friends, and had an super awesome fun time. On the way home she said "I wanna go back to camp!!" She is in bed early tonight so it was a full week of fun & games for her for sure. Thank you to the staff at Victory Junction for taking care of our sweet angel!!!

Here is their website if you are interested in learning more about the camp or if you would like to donate to this wonderful place for special needs children to have a week of just fun:

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Victory Junction Gang Camp

Hey everyone. All is going very well at the Mott household. Cameron is at Victory Junction Camp in Randleman NC. Yes this is an overnight camp. Wow, how far we have come. This is an amazing camp that was created by Kyle Petty (Race car driver) to honor his son Adam Petty. This is such a great opportunity for Cameron at it is truly a dream camp with everything you could imagine. We are not able to talk with her but I know that she is having a great time and hopefully she is bonding with some other wonderful children. My hope for Cam's this week is increased independence and FUN, FUN, FUN.

We also returned from a trip from Baltimore week before last and it was amazing to believe that it had been one year since Cameron's hemi. We saw all of her doctors and they were very excited with Cameron's progress. They were also very excited about the progress she is making on her left arm. We still have a long way to go but she is using a SAEBO flex (device made for stroke patients) that allows her to do exercises to strengthen her arm. She also did Neuro Psych testing and analysis. This was really exciting b/c Cameron has a Normal IQ. IQ's are done on a bell curve and hers is within the normal range. What does this mean for Cam's? That she will never have an educator believe that she is not capable. We still have our challenges cut out for us. Mainly with attending or focusing for longer periods of time. The Neuro Psych bascially explained it like this. Cameron has less brain that she is utilizing for the same things that everyone else is doing and this can make her tired. Works for me. It is helpful to understand why Cameron is the way she is. ---------Amazing.

School starts at the end of the month and I will miss all of my time with the girls. They have been quite entertaining this summer and we have had so much fun. Caroline our four year old saw a large cross yesterday and said " Hey, that is what Jesus got pinned to". Another funny moment happened when Caroline came running into my room to tell me "Mommy, Mommy, Cameron is going to be a tattletale". "About what" I asked her. "I hit her". Casey promises that he will put up a little video of Cameron using the Saebo and some pic's tomorrow so take another look soon. I am also going to list some blogs of other families who have undergone Hemi's. One family the Hall's have created a hemispherectomy Foundation that benefits children that are going to college or other higher educational training. Please take a look and read the essays of the three scholarship winners. Love y'all. Shelly