"I am ready to face any challenges that might be foolish enough to face me." ~Dwight Schrute- The Office
Cameron's week started off with an after school pick up for an appointment at Mary Free Bed. After checking in with one of our favorite docs, we had talked about trying a new place for an early dinner. Hancock's was highly recommended for its chicken tenders and not far from where we were.
Mid-week brought a meowing request from Stella to be on Cam's bed for reading. Jane and her son were quite surprised as this has only occurred a handful of times. We don't think she was listening intently but we're quite certain she enjoyed the toasty bed.
For the majority of the week, Cameron's thoughts were consumed by his upcoming IEP meeting on Friday.
From on the onset of Cameron's education, he has been followed by IEP documentation. Each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document.
Cam was interviewed by his teachers about his thoughts for the future and his own ambitions. Chris and Jane arrived prior to the meeting time and with previous joint communication, agreed that their son would be in the IEP meeting for the first portion and then head to his computer class. The meeting went well and Cam interjected when appropriate. Chris and Jane were at the school for almost 90 minutes and felt that the time was productive.
We had plans to meet Brody and his mom for an early dinner at Applebee's. Both of the ninth graders are creatures of habit- Brody loves cheeseburgers and Cam loves chicken tenders. True to form, the boys ordered as expected. It was fun to sit and chat with our friends. When Jane brought up a story about Cam's friends arguing as to who would help him at school, Brody jumped in and provided input. Cam immediately responded with "Brody, no drama!" We all had a good laugh.
Sunday afternoon brought us back to Cannonsburg to enjoy our adaptive family skiing. A ski instructor questioned Chris and Jane as to why they were in the very short "lesson lane" and they explained they were skiing with their son. Cam's mom headed back to the lodge and was able to secure the ASA-WM (Adaptive Ski Association of West Michigan) vests to show that they were official. It was an awesome two hours of skiing. At one point, Cam and his skier went over a fairly big bump. After their run, Cam told us that when they went over the small snow mound and he went up in the air, it "felt like I was flying!"
After settling into bed one evening, Cam's eye was watering and his mom asked why it was dripping. He informed Jane that soap had gotten in his eye in the shower. The conversation continued.
"Cam, are you going to be ok?"