Amanda from confirmation sent me a rosary she made for me on the last day of the retreat when I was gone. The color of the rosary she made was orange which represents the fires of the Holy Spirit. It was a nice surprise that she was thinking about me after all that time. She wrote on the letter that there were many things that were said about me. Anyway it put a huge smile on my face when I received her card and gift! I miss my confirmation class/family so much, it's probably THE biggest thing I miss from Houston! I hope to start taking another class in Colorado or get started in their youth group but I don't think it will ever compare to what we all experienced together for confirmation. Thank you Amanda!!
Last Thursday night we had our first practice with the Colorado Rolling Rapids! My dad and some other guy has been working to secure a weekly facility to practice, which is Craig Hospital. It is supposed to be a top rehabilitative hospital in Colorado with a gym. It was quite nice! It was my first time being there. The Colorado Rapids haven't played in a long time since their coach left the team two years ago. My parents were anxious to get me playing again so my dad has stepped up to get the team back together, set up a practice schedule and coach the team. My dad wanted to get there early to set things up like a dork. Well, we got there WAY too early. I had about 45 minutes of playing time before the first person came in. We ended up with three players that showed up Natalie, Carson and Bjorn. I guess because it was the first day of school or something for some players so it wasn't the best night for a large turnout. It was pretty cool to get three players for the first practice though and a few others will be at the next practice so I think we are going to have a good team to start with. My dad let them all warm up and I had to turn the speed down on my chair before I joined in. They all thought my chair was pretty cool and they wanted to see me do a spin kick. My dad is going to try to work on getting some sort of funding to get metal guards for everyone's chair since it's kinda dangerous to practice with plastic guards. After we all warmed up, we played a little dodge ball., something we played at power soccer camp. They all had fun especially Carson and Bjorn kept on thanking my dad for being the coach for the team which I thought was really nice. Next, we did some drills. The first drill that we tried was weave through the cones. Next we did the zigzag drill that me and my dad learned from the power soccer camp. I had the most trouble doing that drill because my Strike Force chair is a rear wheel drive. Everybody else did better than I did because everyone else had front wheel chairs. After that we did stop play scrimmages. The star of the show was Natalie. She even got a goal on me! My dad thinks that she'll do really well in a Strike Force chair. After everyone left, my dad and I thought that it was a successful first practice and everyone enjoyed it. I can't wait until next week, four more players will be there!
On the way back from power soccer camp we stopped at a few places before we got back home. First, I have to tell you that we stopped at Cracker Barrel for breakfast and as my dad was getting me out of the truck, my G-tube ripped out of my stomach because I was still attached to the feeding thing. He was of course rushing because he had to go pee really bad and forgot to check it. I tried to tell him but it was to late. I swear that he's just like his mother. They both have pea sized bladders! After my dad ripped the G-tube out of my stomach, he sat left me in the front car seat without the seatbelt on and the door hanging open and went into the restaurant to go get mom for help. First off, does he not know me and know that I startle with loud noises and could of fallen out of the truck? Hello? When they came back and my mom saw the damage that had been done, she didn't really know how to put it back in because the doctor didn't demonstrate it yet for her to know. Then my dad swooped in, brainstormed for a little bit and saved the day. Luckily I was okay. In fact, I thought it was funny when l looked back at it once we sat down at a table. The part that was not funny is how it felt when the G-tube came out. It was a major pull. While we were waiting for our food, Vicki texted my dad and told him to take our time. Then my dad responded back by saying, "Yea, I probably should I just ripped the G-tube out of my kid". We all laughed at that. After we ate we started heading towards the town of Griswold in Idaho.
When we first started passing through the town, my first thoughts about it was very old and rustic, especially all of the buildings. My mom went into a store looking for shirts for Papa and I. Then we stopped in Red Oak to see the house where my Papa and his brother and two sisters grew up. Finally, we stopped by the cemetery where Granddad was buried at Elliott. My dad got out of the truck to see if he can find Granddad's grave before he got me out of the truck and put me into my mechanical wheelchair. My mom of course had to help him because he's so blind! Once we found his grave site and I went over there, I saw two generations of Broyles, Archie Broyles and Granddad right besides each other. My dad said that the military came to his funeral because he was in the military. Archie was in the military too, back in World War I. My dad was the only one of all of us who went to his funeral. So it was pretty cool getting to see Granddad's grave and Archie's grave along the way to Lincoln. I bet they were both very happy and was smiling down from heaven when we came to the cemetery. We said a little prayer for them and we were back on the road.
When we finally got to Lincoln, Nebraska and parked the truck at Vicki's house, my dad had to walk me in because there was stairs. Once I got inside their house, my dad sat me down in a regular chair. As I was waiting for my dad to bring the mechanical wheelchair up the stairs, my mom and I was talking to Vicki, Valerie, Leah and Tara. Vicki called Rowen and Wyatt to come and meet me. Leah said to my mom that Rowen was the one who is crazy and Wyatt is the calm one. Rowen reminded my mom and I of Caleryn a little bit. If she had been there with us, she would've dumped the basket full of toys in the living room and then spread it all over the place! Anyway, about fifteen minutes later my dad showed up with my chair. When dinner was ready I pulled up to the table while mom got food for me. Once everyone got settled, Leah was the star of the show, she's hilarious! Most of the dorky things that she said was in one ear and out the other, even though I laughed. The only thing that I do remember Leah saying was that her mother-in-law collects creepy baby dolls and has them all over her house. I laughed so hard that I almost choked on my food. I should have asked Leah if she thinks her mother-in-law has Slappy the Dummy from the movie Goosebumps but I didn't. After I was done eating and we had a nice visit, we said bye to all of them and we went to a hotel to stay in for the night.
The next day we didn't stop at anywhere cool. Although we stopped and got a bite to eat twice. It was a very boring drive. My mom and i started to break down after hours of driving. That was when we ate for the second time. After we all ate we were in a better mood. We were very uncomfortable and tired of being on the road. Once we finally got home I could not wait to get into my F-5 power chair. I was very glad to finally be home, even though it is small but at least we are all comfortable.
I had a great time at Vicki and Valerie's house. I think we all did. The drive really sucks but it's nice to be able to stop and see family. There were lots of laughs in the mix too. We are definitely going there every year after I go to power soccer camp. Hope to play better next year too.
This blog isn't going to be long because I don't really want to share anything that that we were taught because it was really a lot. I think my favorite person was Riley from Team USA because he controls the ball so well with his chair. It was as if the ball was glued on to his guard. Pete, also from Team USA was very nice and helpful when I wasn't sure if I was in the right place. I'm telling ya, being in all the coaches presence was really intimidating especially when you're really not playing your best and everyone is better than you. Towards the end of the camp I finally started playing aggressive and more like myself. I went up against him during the scrimmage and I got a goal. I had so much fun at that camp and I learned a ton!
Two weekends ago, I went to power soccer camp in Minnesota with my parents. Caleryn didn't go with us because she would not have lasted the thirteen hours in the truck and my mom thought that she would be so bored at the camp too. Honestly, I think she would of been too naughty. So my dad flew with Caleryn to Nanna's and Papa's house beforehand. While Caleryn and my dad was away, my mom started packing. I was trying to finish the blog about the atv ride. Unfortunately I didn't get that done before my dad got back. The next day, my mom and dad packed the rest of the stuff we needed, including my mechanical chair and my Strike Force power chair into the truck. Sadly my F-5 power chair wouldn't be able to fit 😟, which also meant I most likely would be uncomfortable all week.
Once we finally got everything loaded, we stopped at La Peep for breakfast and my dad looked up directions to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and finally we got started on the road. At around two hours of driving I got tired of sitting in the truck with no sound, you see, my dad broke his antenna so we have no radio in the truck. I told my dad to put on some music so my dad asked the Siri for Bluetooth audio and when she repeated it, my mom made fun of her because of the way she says the word Bluetooth. It sounds like Bluethooth. My favorite songs that I like to listen to is the Guardians of the Galaxy songs vol. 1 and vol. 2. When we got to Nebraska, my dad turned on Don Williams because there was nothing but corn fields. After he did that he said, "good luck not going to sleep". It was so boring! I eventually got tired of listening to that music and told him to change it to something else. We started seeing some Indian Reservations and housing which was different. And that's when my dad got pulled over for speeding through a town with a 25mph limit. Luckily the police officer just let him go and didn't even ask for his license. My mom kinda got mad because we really did everything last minute with this trip and she likes to stop at interesting places. She realized that we were semi close to Mount Rushmore but it was in the opposite direction that we were going. We really didn't have a lot of time to waste so we kept on going and finally arrived to Sioux Falls at around 12am central time. Part of the reason we got there so late is because my dad just passed by the town on the highway. He thought that there was going to be some hotels further along the highway, but there wasn't. Although, we did see one hotel and my dad went inside to see if they have any rooms but they were booked. It was probably a good thing because while we were waiting in the truck, there was a big group of people gathered outside the hotel and two of the guys started fighting and pushing each other. The check-in lady said to my dad that there might be something back in Sioux Falls. So my mom made my dad do a big loop back to the town. By the time we found a hotel and my dad hooked me up with an accessible room, everybody was dead tired especially my dad because he had drove for ten hours.
On the last day of our long haul, we took our time because there were only three hours left to go before we got to the power soccer camp. So we decided to have breakfast at Cracker Barrel and then check out the Falls in Sioux Falls. The Falls were pretty cool for pictures but that was about it. When we finally got to the camp, my parents started unpacking all of the luggage into the cabin that we were going to stay in. The only problem was that the cabin was the furthest away from the cafeteria and gym and down a big steep hill, a little too steep for wheelchairs. Luckily my dad would sometimes drive us over there in his truck when it was a little rainy. All of the cabins were pretty big because it was a family camp. Later on, my old rival from San Antonio, Corey, came in the cabin with his coach Jennifer and his parents and said hi to me. He also said that they drove in all the way from San Antonio with a trailer. He was able to bring his F-3 with him. That evening we just stayed in our room and rested. We could have gone to the camp fire and had smores after our dinner but nobody really wanted to because we were all kinda exhausted and I needed to get some gbutton food for the energy. The next time we drive to camp hopefully we will have an accessible camper so that we will be comfortable during the long drive cause I definitely want to go again next year...more to come on Part 2!
Last weekend my parents and I went to go atv riding in Estes Park. When we got there we met Karen, Brian, Madison, Ben, Colby, Nanna and Papa. We had to meet at the helmet place first to get directions and instructions. After the guy told all of the information that was needed, everyone started lining up to get helmets. What's funny is that I have a bigger head than my mom! I noticed that when my dad accidentally put my mom's helmet on me later on. It was too tight around my cheeks. Once everybody had a helmet with the right fit we had to drive twenty miles to get to the actual place. Once we got there, of course there was no parking spaces available. My dad's truck had a hard time parking backwards up the hill. And then when the guy asked my dad if his truck is a 4x4, I started snickering because I knew he'd say no and get all mad again because he should of got one in the first place. Instead my dad has a fat truck! Anyway when we got into the atv's and finally got going, it felt like riding my go cart. There were three atv's for all of us. One for Karen and Brian and their kids, one for Nanna and Papa, and another for us. We decided to go on the easy trail because Caleryn didn't have a car seat and I was super drowsy from the extra baclofen pumping in me caused by going up in the mountains. So we had to stop for a couple snack breaks. My mom thinks I'm like a diabetic! The easy trail had too many rocky places and not enough flat areas. The flat areas were the funnest to go on because you could go really fast and there would be huge puddles of water because it rained right before we got there. My dad was of course too scared of going the full speed (20 mph) when there was a big puddle in front of us because it would most likely get Caleryn and mom all wet. So my dad would gradually slow down until we drove over it. Now if I were driving, I would've just kept moving super fast and let everybody get all wet and then I would have yelled out, "Its shower time!" That would have been funny! But the downside into doing that is I would hear the two knuckleheads in the back seat yell at me. Anyway right after we got to the end of the trail and turned the atv around we saw Nanna and Papa pass by us. My mom thought it was so funny seeing that they were almost at the u-turn because Nanna and Papa were having back issues. Nanna said that the reason they could never catch up with us is because Papa was only going 6mph. After hearing that, I totally know how the conversation went. I bet it started with Nanna yelling at Papa, "Steve! Why are you only going 6mph! I'm sure you can go faster!". Then Papa says in a deep low voice, "What???". After we saw them, Caleryn fell asleep in the atv while we were going on the roughest and fastest part of the whole trail! Her head was slouching downward, so my mom held her head up so she wouldn't get a whiplash. We all couldn't believe that Caleryn was able to go to sleep with all of that shaking. On the way back, I was more awake because my dad finally started going really fast. Caleryn was a little fussy when she had to wake up and get in the truck but all in all she was a trooper and a very good girl during the atv ride. Once everybody got in the truck, my dad wanted to drive the atv longer to waste time because nobody else was back and he can't sit still for two seconds, just like his daughter. When everyone got back we went to the house that Karen & Nanna and Papa rented in Winter Park. Which was a two hour drive from the atv place and the highest elevation to boot. In fact, we were so high that the trees stopped growing and of course no railing on the edges of the road! During the drive I had to get fed pouches because I was so out of it. My mom sat by me in the car and used the syringe instead of the pump. I felt a little better after I ate but it didn't last long until I would absolutely crash again. I think we were around ten thousand feet when we got to the house. My dad had to walk me in because there was no ramp. That night I didn't sleep too well because at around eleven my mom came and asked if she could sleep with me on the pull out bed instead of the couch and I said "yes". Then about a thirty minutes after she got in the bed I heard her loud snoring behind me. I was like, "oh yeah, I forgot that you snore like a bear! This is just great". This was of course all inside my head. On the next day, I get up and eat one of the pouches with the pump on my mechanical wheelchair. Then once my mom set my pump up I drove outside and stayed out there with my Papa for a while. Thirty minutes later I came back inside because I was getting hot and then after that, it hit me. I was back to feeling drowsy again. So I wanted to lay down on the couch while everyone else went bob sledding and fishing or something. My mom stayed at the house with me too because she was having a migraine. Then when they all came back I still felt drowsy, even though I just took a nap. Mom and dad were having trouble with my stoma feeding because the pump decided to start acting up then me and my mom was kinda sick of being there and was ready to go back to the apartment. Caleryn was not on board with the idea of going home. She had a little hissy fit because she didn't want to leave her cousins. Even though she was with them for four days! Mom decided to start throwing up in the truck then started hyperventilating cause she couldn't get enough oxygen or something, so that was real fun! Good times! Once we got back down to six thousand feet I started feeling more awake. I had so much fun during the atv ride. I think that I would have had a better time if I wasn't so stinking drowsy during the ride. Maybe next time before we go up high like that, we will ask Dr. Stratton to bump the baclofin pump down a little so it won't affect me as much.
My name is Cameron Broyles, I'm 16 years old and I started my blog 5 years ago when I was 11. I have paraplegic cerebral palsy and cannot communicate in a traditional fashion. I am home-schooled now but I used to go to main stream public school. My love of exploring first began with going on field trips to learn about history. I play power soccer and it's become my sport of choice! I am originally from Texas but now I live in Colorado and LOVE it! I love to travel and explore but the majority of times it is much more difficult than the average person. I want this blog to not only be my mouthpiece for my friends and family but also give some ideas and maybe light a spark for other people with disabilities to get out and explore life! I was first coerced into starting a blog from my mom and dad and I have to admit that sometimes it's not my favorite thing to do but what I love most about having a blog for these past 5 years is that it's a daily reminder of all my blessings from God and how grateful and thankful I am for everything I have in my life.