Yesterday we had a day of appointments to meet all the members of the team who will participate in Lucy’s radiation. We were surprised that the other patients were mostly older men who had come for radiation to their prostates. I asked for a 2 for 1 deal getting my prostate pre-emptively radiated, but they said no such special existed.
At the proton center Lucy met the team: Social worker, 2 nurses, Dr. Marcus and his resident, as well as a new nurse practitioner who will coordinate the care with the other hospitals.
The team won Lucy over with their skill at making the experience as low-stress for children as possible. She experienced a barrage of smiling people who knew her name, were patient with reluctance or protest, and kept asking her preferences on everything from juice to hobbies. She decorated her chart with stickers, which she concluded over dinner was the best part of her day, and was given a pig whom she named Ella.
It was an anxious bedtime, as Lucy said Ella had just been adopted from China and kept crying because she was not used to her Mommy yet. But eventually she settled down and everyone slept well.
Thanks for all the love sent our way this week!!