Posted by Yes This I Know
Hospital staff are amazing people
You need only spend Halloween at a children’s hospital and see the nation’s leading medical specialists padding around dressed as giant Dalmatians and Disney princesses to conclude that hospital staff are usually compassionate, warm, and quirky people. My stays have been enriched by making friends with the quickly-familiar faces around me. One of my nurses brainstormed toddler activities with me as we simultaneously planned her grandkids’ upcoming visit and my son’s birthday party. When I was caught off guard by the pronouncement that June could start wearing clothes instead of using the warmer, June’s nurse produced an adorable onesie she had bought for her which became June’s first outfit. Rowan has netted two stuffed animals from random staff members so far. When I was on bed rest at the hospital, one of the room service employees always stopped in to watch a few minutes of football on game days and trade fantasy team updates with me. And my bedside quilting has attracted some attention over the last two months, and many people- from doctors to phlebotomists to house keepers- stop by, even when they are no longer assigned to June or me, to see how my project is going.
Med center parking a clear illustration of the law of supply and demand at work. The prices are outrageous (maybe only to a suburbanite like me), and I often have to wind through several garages to find a parking spot. Late one night I witnessed a Robin Hood-like thievery of the parking industry when someone on a motorcycle zipped around the metal arm, avoiding the $18 fee. Having no motorcycle of my own though, I just choose to park outside of the med center and take the metro rail in (or hitch a ride with a helpful friend or family member) whenever I have the time.