Well, Vampboy and I made it back from Chez Healing last night. Although it had the usual challenges, I have to say that life in the hospital is a different beast during the week than on the weekend, when I’m usually on duty.
For starters, the hospital is a noisier place during the week. Every bed has a patient in it, and Residents run around diligently after their respective Attendings and Fellows. The play room is staffed with Child Life Specialists, giving Vampboy ample opportunity to search for them through the halls. At one point members of the New England Revolution (league soccer team) came to visit, and all VB could do was try to coax the Specialist back to the play room with him.
Then their are those who VB truly considers to be Gods and Goddesses among us: the cleaning crew. Given my son’s propensity for ceaseless vacuuming and sweeping, he spent countless hours watching with glee as the floors were buffed and trashcans were emptied. His favorite is a lovely women who always turns their encounter into a laugh-fest, speaking in a high pitched voice while dancing around the hallway, flapping rubber gloves and smocks in the air.
Lastly, there was the “snack train”, which wheeled through the halls bringing patients — and their parents — a choice of cheesecake brownies or fruit and cheese.
What luxury! On the weekends, you’re luck to get an ice cream cup from the patient and family kitchen. The play room is available but unstaffed, so it’s a bit more quiet. All in all, I’d rather be there during the week than on the weekend — but hopeful that soon we won’t need to be there at all.