Death, Jesus and Memory Making

I was asked this question a month ago: “I  have always wondered about how child life services are implemented for death and dying situations, specifically coming from a fellow Christ-follower. I know it’s not professional to bring spirituality into the interventions, but it gives me conflicting thoughts. What are your thoughts and experiences…?” Death and…

Procedure Prep: Take Your PICC

PICC lines are often used for long-term medication or for patients who have veins that frequently “go bad”. What I mean by “going bad” is that these veins often stop working due to being overworked or because the patient has small, thin veins to begin with that collapse the second a small straw (IV) is…

Aromatherapy: Smells Like the First Day of Spring

I had met 9-year-old, Emma* the week before on her last day on the pediatric unit. She was hospitalized due to the stomach bug that was making it’s way throughout the community and taking everyone down with it. She was one of the unfortunate ones that needed to be hospitalized for some quick IV fluids…

In the Wake of a Trach

When I first began my pursuit into child life, I quickly learned that it all revolved around meeting children right where they’re at; looking at them at the same eye level requires physically squatting down speaking to them with words that they understand requires the use of developmentally-appropriate language expanding my “kid-smart” knowledge similar to…

Anxiety Checkpoints: MRI Think I Can

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a special scan that takes pictures of the inside of the body. On the pediatric unit, we often have patients admitted for EEGs and MRIs after experiencing a seizure or multiple seizures. This is normally a quick, 24-hour stay as we can typically get them in for an MRI…

VCU-Gee I Wish There Was A Different Way To Do This

VCUG’s are hands-down one of the worst procedures. Depending on the age of the patient, the way you provide preparation/how much time you have to prepare, and how much the parents prepared the patient at home throughout the week leading up to the procedure (this is SUPER important) can make all the difference. However, even…

creativi-TEA-party

Some days, we’re called to help with things that feel like it’s hopeless to even try… like pill swallowing and drinking water. “Could you help my six-year-old buddy learn to swallow pills?” “Oh sure, I’ll go grab my magic wand, wave it over his throat and magically he’ll feel comfortable enough to swallow his pill.”…

Show Don’t Tell

What did you learn in your practicum that you hope to take with you into your internship? The student simply said, “Show don’t tell,” and proceeded to talk about how if you’re not putting yourself out there on whatever unit you’re on, no matter how much education you provide the multidisciplinary staff