A Journey with Love and Laughter

Read about our family as we journey through life as a family, with siblings, school and spina bifida, and lots of fun and laughter along the way!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Teddy Bear (and turtle) clinic

We got to go to the Teddy Bear Clinic again. We went to the first one 2 years ago, and missed the one last year when the kids were sick. They were very disappointed and have been talking about the Teddy Bear clinic.

Since it is at my work. I'll put a plug in for Rouge Valley Health System.
The teddy bear clinic is held annually at Rouge Valley (this is the 3rd year) for children to learn and interact with routine medical procedures as their teddy bears get checked out.


First Elsa bear and Raph got signed in and we wrote out their arm bands


Measurements and weight were taken



And some vital signs.
Temperature and blood pressure, and Nick listened to his heart



They had some toys to help to breathe and use muscles.
After surgery it's important to take big breaths. And Child Life Specialists (like Alex who put the whole clinic on) have fun ways to help breathe and distract from pain.
When Nick had his surgery in August, I talked with Alex about some resources she had to help with the recovery.



We learned about taking blood and started an IV on Raph as well



Then it was time to learn about surgery. Nick was not very interested in the surgery table. Been there done that, I guess.


Nick dressed his Turtle up in the funny hat and mask that Mommy got to wear.


We practiced giving medicine to Raph


We also did some testing. Looking at what a CT scanner is like.


And looked at some cool pictures of the brain.
I talked to Nick about the ventricles in the picture and what his were.



They also got to put on a cast, and play with the casting material.



We also did some testing. Looking at what a CT scanner is like.


And looked at some cool pictures of the brain.
I talked to Nick about the ventricles in the picture and what his were.


There was a local photographer taking pictures for the Scarborough Mirror. He took some pictures of Nick at the CT pictures, and Katheryn at the surgery table.


Kyle said that the clinic was very unlucky for the bears. They went in for just a check-up and left with surgery and casts and IVs and had CT scans done.


Until next year!

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