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The playroom

October 19th, 2009 No comments

A bright spot for a younger hospitalized child.
Through the eyes of a child, a hospital is a big, scary place where much is out of their control. This creates stress. One of the most powerful and effective means of reducing a child’s stress is play. Having a special place to play (playroom), allows children to be active while they are in the hospital and increases their feelings of having control over what is happening to them.
Each morning I go to Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital to work with the children from the Pediatric Oncology ward; sometimes I have my worries, but in the first moment I walk in, they go away because the children are surrounding me, I see them waiting at the door of the playroom…so anxious to enter, so curious about the activities that will have during the day… so happy to see me; for 6 hours I become the person who gives them the key from the doors of “Never land”.

Playroom at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital in Bucharest

Playroom at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital in Bucharest

I noticed a fact: that room is a place where children really want to be….it provides hours of fun and entertainment for them, and also provides hours of learning and healing, help them feel more normal during their stay in hospital and their hard cancer treatment, is a way to ease young patients through the physical pain and anxiety of treatment. Also, I can tell you that, when illness or severe injury strikes a child, feeling “like a kid” can be crucial to recovery and future development, so, one of the most important parts of being a child is being able to play…and knowing this, we apply it in the playroom, we give them the chance to express themselves and feel a sense of achievement and belonging. Often the children, who enter here, become so engaged in their learning and play, that they lose track of time and forget about their surroundings.
On the other hand, allow parents to take a break while their child is supervised at playroom. So, the playroom is also beneficial to the parents of these children (some of them very poor, with social problems and coming from the country side), by creating a warm environment to escape from the stresses of hospitalization and treatment regimens.
It really is hard to present in few words the true value of the playroom or the “time” I spend there. I tried to be brief, we (volunteers and me) think that we help lift their spirits and bring a smile to their face, at least for 2 seconds… or more!!!

Raluca Tănase – play therapist

A letter from Florin Raru

Let me introduce you to Mrs. Ecaterina Birt. She is 73 years old and, unfortunately, she lives alone for a couple of years, after her husband died.

She is part of Lawside Romania Project for 1 year and a half and I know her almost from the beginning (approximately 1 year ago).

What can I say about this wonderful lady? She is lucky and blessed for being part of Lawside Romania Project. God saved her from sad loneliness. The Church lends a helping hand, offering her many friends and protection as she lives alone. That’s enough reason to try our best to keep her company and visit very often. She is very happy when we visit her. She doesn’t have children, but she enjoys calling us her children. Although she is a very ill person, she keeps her spirit up, trying to live a normal life, always smiling and being nice.

She is very thankful for being part of this program because she saves money which she could have spent on food and buys herself medicine she needs for her daily treatment. She’s contented with the food she receives daily.

I am pleased to have this opportunity to meet this lady. I learned new things about life from this wise old lady. The most important thing: we are never alone, God is always with us. We are experiencing His love everyday in many ways: Church, protectors and friends.

Florin Raru – volunteer

A Letter from Ella

September 21st, 2009 No comments

Meeting mothers daily in and around Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital and listening to their stories can be a heart-rending experience.

Today I met one mother who currently has two invalid children in the hospital. Little 1 ½ year old lay on her shoulder while little 2 ½ old Florin hung on to her skirt – looking so pale. Despite this, mother admitted it was better for all of them to be in Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital as she has neither heat nor light at home – what poverty!

A second mother came to ask for prayers for her tiny baby. She and her husband were about to get out for Targu Mures where the baby would undergo a heart operation. How such a tiny babe could survive an operation is amazing!

Fathers too play a part in caring for a sick child in a hospital. Such one is Alex’ father – for a year he has sat at the bedside of his son who is now 11 years old. Alex was knocked down by a car and rendered unconscious then into a coma. For the best part of a year he has lain like that but – what a joy – Alex is sitting up and smiling now!

Ella