Thursday, December 6, 2007

Winter Wonderland

While the kids at home played in the snow, Henry and I (Tara here) had a great day here in the hospital.

To start with, the Child Life department at the hospital hosted a make-your-own gingerbread house. Each kid got their own fixin's, in the (maskless) comfort of our rooms, but we watched on the inhouse hospital channel how to do it in real time. It's a neat system, you can call them up on the phone and ask questions or give's like a virtual, germ-free playgroup. Anyway, we did pretty well, as you can tell by the pictures. Henry took great delight in my sticky icing fingers.

We also got a visit from Dr. Boots and Dr. Spats, who run the CCU here at Hopkins - that's the Clown Care Unit. Henry took great delight in hiding under his blanket before they came in, and as highly trained professionals, they ran with it. They had him laughing out loud, and we hope to see them again soon.

We also took several trips around the hospital. Henry really enjoys getting off the floor, and as long as he keeps his mask on we have been allowed to travel away. We hit 2 restaurants and the coffee shop, as well as watching the constructions workers search for things under the light cover of snow.

All in all, it's been a great day. His spirits are good, he's accepting of being here, and he seems to be making the most of a less than ideal situation.

Let it snow.


Anonymous said...

So great to hear Henry is making the best of the situation... Children are remarkable! I love seeing pictures! Tell him his cousin Cody says HI!
I hope this round of chemo is over and he can start mending again quickly from it's affects. Hello to the girls from their cousin Cody too!
Let it snow!
Cousin Susan H.

Granya said...

OK - enough of the snow!!!

The car ride from Hagerstown to JHH was a little
unnerving on Wednesday - all was completed safely however.

The interactive playtime via television sounds so creative and perfect for the population of little people who can't be together face-to-face. The gingerbread house looks just right for Henry's age group.

And the clowns - I would have loved to see and hear Henry succumb to their antics and have laughter exude from him, unguarded.

Keep it up Henry - you are doing this all so well.

Love, Granya

rlbates said...

I'm with Grany, would love to see a video (like the bumper cars) of Henry with the clowns. Glad you are all able to laugh! Have a blessed day!