Recently someone and his family faced the tragic one year anniversary of the murder of his mother and sister!
This awful unspeakable pain that he and his family struggle with is unfathomable.
I can’t imagine how difficult it is for this family!
The case is on-going and He and his family really need closure in order to let things rest.
I pray for their strength and sense of peace!
Please have warm thoughts and prayers for this family!!!!!
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!
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!
Today in the hospital I worked with a couple of kids. I spent time with a great five year old boy for a while. Two of the kids I spent a lot of time with are developmentally delayed and so sweet! I love working with all of the precious kids but I have to say when it comes to communicating with these developmentally kids it takes me to another level. It is truly something special. They are frequently non-verbal and we find alternative ways to communicate. The infant was gripping my hand and copying the movements I made with my lips, she was adorable :0)! I also spent time with a precious two-year old boy. He was holding my hand and gripping each finger as I spoke to him. As he held my fingers I went through each of them and pointed them out by name. When I had to go, it felt like he didn’t want me to leave. Every child is special in their own wonderful way. It is so important to me that I show these children that they matter. Every child needs to know they matter, that they are strong, and they are loved.
Another great day in the hospital 🙂
On Wednesday at the hospital I spent time with a few babies.
I spent time with this precious 6month old boy who has been by himself every time I see him. He was very squirmy I got him to focus on a shaker toy. He seemed to like it. I also spent time with my little 2 year old boy who had the surgery Tuesday afternoon. He was out of it the poor thing but I got him to smile a bit. I also visited a 6 month old baby boy and his mom for a bit. Quite a few of the children I was assigned to visit had rough nights and or procedures so they were sleeping most of the day so I didn’t get to spend time with them.
I also visited a precious brand new baby and his mom. Poor mom is exhausted and tongue tied being cooped up there. This baby was so sweet. I helped her bathe him and kept the baby company when she needed to step away.
It was a nice day. I’m sure going to miss the munchkins for the next two weeks!
~Happy Friday 🙂