Practicum Journey

Hello friends,

Today I started by creating a banner congratulating a teenage boy who received a heart transplant! Unfortunately I didn’t get to see him as he was sleeping all day, but its exciting news! Afterwards I worked with an organization who does monthly visits dressed as a character. Last month a woman dressed up as super Mario. Today a man dressed up as a ninja turtle. I escorted the woman and ninja to patient’s rooms as we presented the children with gifts and blew bubbles for them. Its such a pleasure to see the patients enjoy this! One of the patients we visited was receiving therapy in rehab. This teenager is non communicative as he had a stroke and his body needs a lot of support. However he responded to the ninja turtle. Everyone was gathered around watching as he was smiling and flexing his muscles at the turtle. It was such an awesome thing to see.  I then spent time with my 9month old patient Khaleesie. I came at the perfect time as the nurse needed assistance while bathing her. I then stayed and played with her. I was very happy to spend more time with her. Afterwards I helped host the golf activity. Every Tuesday an instructor comes and we recruit patients to join. Its pretty awesome how they adapt as needed for each patient and they children really enjoy themselves. It was a nice day. I am looking forward to seeing and doing more tomorrow.

New Beginnings

Hey Friends,

Wow I cannot believe it’s November!!!!!

So much happened in October…

I completed my Bachelors with a final GPA 3.77!!!!!

I am well into my child life course!!!!

I just started a new job as an assistant teacher!!!!

I became First aid and CPR certified!!!

I am closer to getting certified in Child Life!!!!!

And AHH I am turning 30 on Tuesday!!!!!

 

This time last year was a challenge. Today I am in a lot less pain and getting more and more active. I am working on eating right, losing weight, and keeping it off.

I am learning so much and I can’t stop!  I am so very grateful for everything!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

*To new beginnings!!!!!

 

 

 

The Joy of Making a Difference

Hello all,

As I have mentioned last post I have continued volunteering in the child life program at the hospital. I have been working in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit for almost a year and the General Pediatric unit for 7months. I have been able to help so many children and several of them have found a special place in my heart.

Last month I met an awesome 10 year old girl. She was expressive and creative and incredibly strong. She blew me away. While in the hospital she wrote and illustrated a book about Cancer. It was so beautiful, powerful, and inspiring.

A few days ago I saw a patient who was in the hospital a couple of months ago. This is a precious little girl and her mother who I formed a bond with last visit so they were and I was happy to see them. They were saying how happy they were that I’m there. It felt so great. I remembered from last time how creative she was and how much she loved to paint and design. When I took her to the playroom I set her up with a painting station. She said she had a surprise not to look. When she was finished she handed me a painting that said I love you! I was so touched!

Another adorable little girl who was a sibling of a little boy who was the patient joined. A moment later a little boy wanted to paint as well. Before I knew it I was running a little art class.  It was a fun eventful hour and change of working with multiple children at once. It didn’t phase me, they were adorable 🙂

When it was time to close the playroom two of the kids’ parents came to retrieve them and I  took the other peanut back to her room. About a half hour after cleaning up the playroom, I went to see all the kids in their rooms. When I went to see how my little friend who made the painting for me was doing she gave me another picture that says I love you and made me one of those rainbow loom bracelets. So sweet, I couldn’t believe it.

 

It is such a joy to help make a difference for these families!

 

 

Hello September

Hello virtual ones,

It has been a while. I am now in my final term in school. In October I will complete my Bachelors degree in Psychology with a concentration on child and adolescent development!!!!! It’ll be here before I know it! 🙂

This past month I have recovered further from RSD. I have been able to exercise harder on my body. I have also gotten to the point where I am able to work now. I am still volunteering at the hospital in child life program. I just accepted a part time job as an associate teacher for preschool aged and toddler kiddies. I am also working on getting a part time job in child life. I begin my child life course requirement the end of september! After the class is complete I can apply for a course review and then apply to the internship for the January applicant deadline!

 

I am so excited for what’s to come!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Child Life in General Pediatrics

Hey guys,

Today was my first day volunteering in the general pediatric unit in child life. I am also continuing my weekly shift in the PICU.

The day was great. During the day I showed a new volunteer how I do things as she shadowed me for the first hour. I have to say I felt great about that.

I made my rounds to every patient. I had some great one on one time with a 19day old baby boy. I don’t know what is wrong with him but he’s precious. He was pretty alert for young little one. He had the hiccups so I decided to hold him for a while and it worked. He fell asleep in my arms for a minute. So sweet!

One of the kids I spent time with today was my little friend that I worked with in the PICU. It was nice to work with him as he feels comfortable with me and the family knows me.

I also spent time with a 6 year old boy who happens to have ADHD. His doctor was rewrapping his head trying to cover the chords attached to the electrodes all over his head. He wouldn’t stop moving. It was pretty apparent that his doctor was losing his patience. I assisted the mom in getting the boy to stay still. He was a handful but I got him to behave briefly. When I had to leave him he didn’t want me to leave saying I’m his friend and he was hugging me. Poor thing doesn’t understand. One thing when his mom left she came back with candy for him. I don’t know that that could have helped him. I also spent some time with a teenager from china. The poor thing was telling me she was bored so we played Jenga.

I found out today that I already have 100 hours worth of volunteering experience in child life!

~I love this and I am so grateful!