The Camp Overnighter

One thing that is great about being in charge of the oldest group in camp is the great trips we go on.  We also do events that are after camp hours.  This past week we had our annual in camp overnighter.  Here is how it usually goes.  We all go to camp for a regular camp day.  For this year, we went on this past Thursday July 27th.  After everybody goes home from camp, my group of campers go to the patch of grass (they chose) to set up their tents.  We want to make sure that the tents are set up before it gets dark.  After we set the tents up, we get ready for diner.  The camp owners have a BBQ for us.  They serve regular hamburgers, hotdogs, and veggie burgers.  Not the greatest when you have Crohn’s, but it was better than starving.  I had red meat for the first time in three months.  My body definitely knew it.  Not five minutes after eating, I was in the bathroom.  I started to get nervous…

I know that the mind plays a huge part of my Crohn’s activity.

Well, I was nervous to begin with.  I do not like staying overnight at camp.  There are no showers, and I was already disgusting from the day.  The bathrooms are accessible, but its “camp bathrooms,” so how immaculate can it be.  I don’t do well with being out of my routine.  Who does?  So that added to my anxiety.  To make it worse, my colleague pushed me in the pool, not realizing that my phone was in my pocket.  So my stomach wasn’t great because of “camp food,” I was out of my routine and my phone was broken.  I was doing great….

As it got really dark at camp, my anxiety was getting worse.  I will have to admit that if it wasn’t for the kids and how awesome they were, I would have left camp and went home.  Just wasn’t feeling it.  I woke up around 5:30 in the morning, I guess because I couldn’t wait to get the day started, so I could go home and shower!  As the day went on, I started to feel better.  I took my medicine and my stomach calmed down.  I wasn’t in pain; I just was very anxious.  I do blame myself. I blame myself because I should have been more prepared.   I was thinking negatively the entire sleep over.  So what could I have done differently?

For one, I really should have tried to enjoy myself more.

If I set my mind to it, I would have had a calmer stomach.  Secondly, I should have been more prepared.  If I knew that the camp food was not going to be great for my stomach, I should have packed meals that would be more suitable for me.  Also I should have just asked the nurse if I could use her bathroom as it is much cleaner.  She wasn’t going to be in camp that evening anyways.  I have to say, I did not own up to what I have preached in my earlier articles.  Camp is a great time of year, a time to relax from the school year.  I should have thought about before starting the overnighter.  Well there is always next year!

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