"I cannot go to school today," Said little Peggy Ann McKay. "I have the measles and the mumps, A gash, a rash and purple bumps. My mouth is wet, my throat is dry, I'm going blind in my right eye. My tonsils are as big as rocks, I've counted sixteen chicken pox And there's one more—that's seventeen, And don't you think my face looks green? My leg is cut—my eyes are blue— It might be instamatic flu. I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke, I'm sure that my left leg is broke— My hip hurts when I move my chin, My belly button's caving in, My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained, My 'pendix pains each time it rains. My nose is cold, my toes are numb. I have a sliver in my thumb. My neck is stiff, my voice is weak, I hardly whisper when I speak. My tongue is filling up my mouth, I think my hair is falling out. My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight, My temperature is one-o-eight. My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear, There is a hole inside my ear. I have a hangnail, and my heart is—what? What's that? What's that you say? You say today is. . .Saturday? G'bye, I'm going out to play!"
It was a challenging week for Cam. Unlike Peggy Ann McKay, he didn't pretend to be sick but truly had an annoying cough which sidelined him for the first three school days. He rode the bus on Thursday and had a decent day. That evening, he agreed to keep his scheduled haircut and we all enjoyed dinner at a Mexican restaurant right next to the barbershop.
On Friday, Cameron was very proud to be able to honor his dad at the high school Veteran's Day assembly.
Friday evening, Ms. Amanda stayed with Cam while Chris and Jane attended a fundraiser for the Adaptive Ski Association of West Michigan at the Downtown Market. Although they didn't win anything from the auction, they were excited to see the new ski sleds and snapped a picture of one for their son. As a family, we will return to the slopes in January with the Adaptive Ski group.
Saturday was a relaxing day at home for Cam. On Sunday, we met Oma and Opa for brunch in Spring Lake. The Village Baker serves breakfast and lunch and offers an array of homemade breads and pastries. Cameron chose a BLT sandwich while the rest of us settled on breakfast items.
It was good to see the sunshine and after our leisurely meal, we headed to Grand Haven and noticed that the village of Spring Lake was already decorated for Christmas.
Even though we haven't celebrated Thanksgiving yet, we helped Oma arrange the holiday items around their abode. It was fun to see everything so festive.
Cam is a big fan of Alexa. Oma uses it to set timers and play music. We asked Alexa to play one of Opa's favorite bands, The Glenn Miller Orchestra. While he was resting in his recliner, he began quietly snapping his fingers and smiling. It was a highlight for Cameron as he noted how truly happy the songs made his grandpa feel.
When Cam is dealing with any illness during the school year, he has a difficult time determining when his body is well enough to return to activities. Thursday morning, he announced a new plan.
"I am making a confident cheat sheet to know all of the things that make me confident that I can return to school."