Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Stay

When people would come and see the Princess while she was in the hospital they were really surprised that she still has a smile on her face. She wasn't feeling the greatest when we first got there, but as soon as she was feeling better you could tell! Everyone at Primary Children's Hospital were AMAZING! She loved every single one of her nurses, techs and doctors! I honestly think they all liked her too!

Here are a few pictures of her stay there.

This was taken the night we got there. We made sure to take her teddy "Dot" and another of her favorites "Kung Fu Panda" but while she was in the emergency room the doctor took her down the hall to go pick out a prize. She came back with this silly looking doll named "Sweet Cinnamon". The other doll was her Hospital Buddy named "Ivy" everything they did to Princess they did it on Ivy first. This really helped her feel more comfortable.

After she started feeling better she started having a hard time getting to sleep at night. One night before bed I took her on a walk. I loved this picture of her just wondering down the hall at midnight in her princess robe and slippers.
We always had to stop to say hi to "Dori" the fish. I took this picture as she was trying to wake her up. Too bad fish sleep at night, she was bummed that she couldn't see her.
She really did LOVE everyone there! They all took the best care of her and made her feel special. This is Dan and Beckah. They were both her favorite! There was another Dan that she loved but I didn't get a picture of him. These two took her out to the nurse's station and colored with her ALL afternoon! I listened to her laugh and make friends for hours! These guys saved me. I was SOOO tired and really wanted to veg and they made this possible! Dan is an awesome artist, that sent home the coolest drawings.
They made these cool High School Musical 3 hats because she was going to see the movie that afternoon and was so excited! Beckah taught her how to draw some pretty cool flowers and has been practicing ever since. She even thought she saw Beckah the other day. Boy was she sad when I told her that it wasn't her.

They were good sports when Princess wanted to take their picture with the hats on!

Don't mind me. I was SOOO tired, and so not looking great! But I couldn't pass up a picture with her too! She was my support the entire time!

She proudly wore her hat to the movie! There is a story that goes along with all this too, that I have been meaning to share. Hopefully soon I will get to that.

Her penny jar that her first nurse Dan made her! This was taken the morning we where leaving. She ended up with over 60 pennies. 1 for every poke!
Since she spent almost the entire day with the nurses I had to take pictures too! I think she was there for entertainment. Well and they all thought she was cute too!

Thanks to the PCMC staff! You guys are all so awesome and made such a big difference in her stay! I don't know that she would have been as brave if she didn't have you guys helping her! And thanks to the Nurse Jen that spent a few minutes with me in one of my moments of weakness!
I hope we never have to go back, but I know if we do, she will be in good hands!


Rosa Budd said...

I really really do love your pictures. Thank you for sharing. Make some time for me k! I wanna shoot with you soon!

Holly | Reed Photographic said...

The staff really is what makes a difference. I am so glad you had great nurses!

Penny said...

Hi Shannon!
I just found your blog via a comment on "A Shot in the Dark". My son, Riley, was diagnosed with T1 on October 6, 2005. He was three at the time.

Three years later as I read your story I can feel the pain flooding back of when he was dignosed. I can empathize with all the sadness, frustration, and anger that you are feeling right now.

I just wanted to send you a (((hug))) from one mom to another. I've been there. While it still gets frustrating and upsetting sometimes, it is easier than it was at first.

Feel free to email me anytime you'd like if you want to vent or have any questions. (

alisonwonderland said...

hooray for PCMC! and hooray that Princess is doing so well! i love seeing her beautiful smile! hugs for both of you!

Robin and Stephenie said...

we love that place We never want to go back but was so gald that we had a wonderful place to be. I am so glad taht your girl is doing better. I will get that number to you soon. Sorry things have been crazy here as well this little baby of ours really wants to come way to soon. love ya

Kim said...

They are great up there aren't they? She looks so smiley...glad she is home. Best wishes and hoping that you guys don't have to go back.

Maureena said...

This post brought tears to my eyes because we've been at PCMC countless times, and the staff have always been so great. Aren't we so blessed to live near that great hospital?

And your daughter is so cute. Kids amaze me at their strength. Good luck with everything!

Rosie : ) said...

I'm happy to see she doign well. :) Adjusting to new challenges is tough, but you seem to pull trhough very well.

Wonder Woman said...

This post is just adorable! I love it, love it, love it! and of course I love you and your Little Princess. You and your family are very strong and personal heroes of mine. It's been far too long since I've seen you. I miss you all, and will be calling soon. Count on it!

Nicole P said...

First of all, she's gorgeous! :) I love that she has a grin on in every one of these photos. What a strong, beautiful little girl.

You know I'm thinking of you.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Layne said...

Wow, this is a flashback to my childhood when I was in the hospital after my diagnosis. I saw your comment on another diabetes blog and wanted to introduce myself. I'm Layne and I was diagnosed at 8 with Type 1 diabetes. Also, right before a holiday. I ended up watching July 4th fireworks from my hospital window. We had a great view. And I remember being scared to death because they were making me give myself a shot before I was allowed to leave the hospital.

Anyway, that was a long time ago. I just wanted to say hi and tell you that if you ever have any questions or just need to vent, I would love to talk and help in any way I can. My email address is Good luck. It sounds like you are doing a great job with the Princess. :-)