When we arrived at the Hospital, we entered the first floor hallway where the Children's art gallery is located and we met up with Linda. Mattie was happy to see her. I am thrilled this event was on a weekend, so that Peter could experience the caring community I have been describing day after day in the blog. After talking to Peter one weekend, I realize we experience the hospital differently. I am not sure why that was a revelation to me, but it was. Of course it makes sense though. Peter works during the day, and comes to the hospital after hours. After hours when Linda, Jenny, Jessie, Linda's interns, and most volunteers are not around. I could try to describe how fabulous having these ladies around is, but I assure you no description does it justice. Sometimes you have to just live it. Peter lived it today, and I think after leaving today's event he felt energized. We are thankful to be a part of Georgetown's community, and to have an event to celebrate the artistic talents and expressions of the children was simply special and memorable.
Once upon a time, in the Lego City, there was a hospital made of Legos. It had a hot tub with scrub brush, a computer, and a huge garden with a fountain and parrot, and flowers and trees, and a bench to sit on and read and enjoy the fresh air. It also had a playhouse with a swing. Some people called it a “tree house,” because there were trees on top of it. You got into by climbing up a ladder. There was also an ambulance, a stretcher, and a helicopter.
One day at the Lego Hospital, there were two bad boys, Steve and Paul. They did not like the food there, so they planned an escape to The International House of Pancakes. First, they ran into the IHOP, but they were caught by Joe, the helicopter pilot, who spied them as he was flying by.
Next, they stole an ambulance, and this time they made it to IHOP, but crashed the ambulance in the parking lot. They even managed to get a table before Joe, once again found them and flew them back in the helicopter. Luckily the hospital had Mattie, the engineer, who was able to fix the ambulance.
Next Steve and Paul, snuck out, and while Joe was getting reprimanded by the hospital staff for spending all his time chasing down the boys, and not rescuing people, the boys stole the helicopter! Again, they crashed into the IHOP parking lot. But this time, they were able to sit at their table, and order a nice stack of pancakes. But, just as the pancakes arrived at the table, steaming hot, in drove the ambulance driver, Sam, right into the restaurant, crashing into the pancakes!
So Sam drove the boys back to the Lego Hospital, and waiting for them there were their parents! They were angry. Thankfully, Mattie the engineer was able to fix both the helicopter and the IHOP.
The boys’ parents agreed to pay to have pancakes delivered fresh daily, to the boys at the hospital.
Storage, or an assigned room, would be nice:
Room at an inn,
For the times we know we’ll be back
For our child’s treatment.
Always moving in, or moving out:
Sharing the same bathroom,
Showers away from home,
The difficult parking…
All I want is a room with a view;
Anything to look at but these blank walls,
The monitor; the steady drip of medicine,
Marching into battle.
Buzzers, bells, and footsteps.
Marking hours that mock time:
Sounds that my noise-maker drowns out
In a waterfall of rain, to wash away pain:
A blessing on my sleeping boy.
And I sit here, amazed at the maze of the hospital:
The noise…. Stuck here for months on end,
Wanting movement of any kind,
To multiply “Child Life” by ten,
Support groups: a place to meet other parents
That is not too small or cold….
Maybe, in my dreams, a terrace:
A garden for children to play in, to be with our son,
And breathe in open air.
For M’s parents, and for all…..
By Liz Pester, Studio G artist
Right: The Group!
When we got home, I had to contend with laundry. I wanted that out of the way, so that I could pack up again tomorrow to head back to the hospital on Monday! While doing laundry, we had a lovely visit from JP (our neighbor). JP introduced us to his mom, Jackie. Jackie is visiting from Spain. She brought Mattie a cute stuffed bull and mug. We had a delightful visit with Jackie and Mattie also appreciated the dunkin donuts they brought.