Chris Under Cover

Chris with mask, gown and gloves

You may have a hard time figuring out who I am under all of these funny clothes, but I can see you just fine...that is, I could if you were in the hospital with me! My name is Chris, and I'm getting some strong medicine to get better. The problem is, the medicine doesn't know the difference between cells that help me and cells that hurt me, so it messes up the cells in my body that protect me from germs while it's doing its good work! 

What that means is that I have to use a different type of protection for awhile. Bet you guessed what it is! That's right...the gown, the mask, and the gloves are sort of like the armor that the knights used to wear in the old days. They protect me from everybody else's germs, so that I can come out of my hospital room to play. If you'd like to see me with my brothers, tap me on my nose. That is, if you can find it! 

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

Last updated: November 14, 2004