Kids in the Hospital
|I asked my student nurse Aimee to take me out on the porch at the hospital, so here we are. Is it ever sunny! When I'm out here, I have so much fun that I almost forget I'm still in a hospital. Did you notice that my arm is all fixed up for an IV? Well, the skinny tube is still in one of my veins, but since I don't need any of the IV fluid right now, Aimee was able to disconnect the tube from the IV and from the blue machine. Isn't that neat? What it means is that I can play without having to drag a pole around. And later, when it's time to get some more medicine, it won't hurt AT ALL. The IV tube will just get connected to the little rubber tip that you can see next to all of the tape on my arm. That means the nurse won't need to use any needles, and that's perfectly OK by me!|
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Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468
Last updated: November 14, 2004