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.

To Continue My Journey!!!

Hello Everyone,

Today I had an interview for child life internship!

I am praying and hoping and wishing and crossing all parts of me that can cross, that I get to continue my journey with this internship program!!!!

This month is the anniversary of when I went to complete my Bachelors to pursue my life’s purpose and PASSION of Child life!

This month is also Child Life Month!!!!!!

Please pray and have good thoughts that I continue my journey with this wonderful program!!!!!!

 

~Breathing, praying, wishing, hoping

Gratitude

Hi guys,

I noticed lately that people have been challenging each other a 7 days of positivity. I applaud those people who took the challenge.

I know I have said it before but it is still true. Even though there are every day details that can seriously fade out the things that are good in our lives, acknowledging even the smallest things can put a positive light on ones outlook.

Such as:

  • Sunny days
  • Overall health
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Strength
  • Love
  • Support
  • Laughter
  • Hugs
  • Flowers
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Babies
  • Puppies
  • Your voice
  • Your mind
  • Every day is a new day

I would love to see if people would do this every day for 1 month. As people say positivity is contagious. If you let yourself see and take in the greatness all around light will come into your life. It truly feels wonderful. Try it out 🙂

 

 

Pure Gratitude

  • My health
  • Strength
  • My Parents
  • Sister
  • Brother in-law
  • Dog
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Doing well in school
  • Learning
  • Music
  • Art
  • Child life
  •  Walking
  • Life is good
  • Meditation
  • Writing
  • Sunny days
  • Kicking RSDs Butt
  • Ability to help children and their families
  • Here at the right time and the right place doing the right thing

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

Hey all,

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 🙂

~Grateful