Every visit to the cancer clinic (about 40ish, so far, with three years left to go) begins in a procedure room. Here Harrison is “accessed,” which involves sticking an inch-long needle into his chest to access a port embedded just beneath the skin. Nurses draw blood and administer chemo through this port.
In addition to accessing patients, nurses perform all sorts of other treatments in these small rooms before kids go into the larger area for their chemo administration.
Of course, kids DO NOT like these treatment rooms, as this is where they get poked. All the pain happens in these rooms.
So the nurses and child-life specialists have developed some great ways to distract the kids during the painful and irritating procedures. The most effective way of drawing attention away from the procedures and pain is to display short videos. This might be the “Duck Song” or “Phineas and Ferb” or “The Gummy Bear Song” or any number of other short vids.
In each of these rooms there is an old computer (probably donated) with tiny 15″ monitors attached to the walls. Kids squint trying to see the little screens.
Tuesday while Harrison was being accessed the nurse and I were talking about how pitiful those little screens were and how nice it would be to “upgrade” to something more useful for these kids. So I thought I would ask for some help from anyone out there who might have access to a few larger (preferably 19″ or greater) monitors. We could really use 2-3 larger monitors.
On Tuesday over 50 kids went through those procedure rooms on their way to treatment. They could really use some help.
Perhaps you work for (or own) a company looking to get new computers and you have a few monitors you could donate. Maybe you know someone who is getting rid of monitors. Or, perhaps you might want to either donate one yourself (or make a donation towards a monitor). No need for anything fancy. When I see what these kids endure, any small amenity is a great help.
If you can help, please let me know. You can either leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for considering this.