Lucy had to get special x-rays taken at Primary Children's Hospital yesterday. (It is called VCUG if you want all the details.) It is something we have to do every year to check up on a urinary tract abnormality she has. The procedure is fairly quick and easy but can be traumatic none-the-less. This year, they gave Lucy a "hospital buddy" which I thought was the most brilliant thing every. It's a simple muslin doll that someone has sewn and donated. The doll is nondescript except for the hospital gown. The children can personalize it with markers or bandaids and are even encouraged to stick it with needles. . . it helps them deal with anxiety and feel more comfortable with what is going on.
Lucy took to hers immediately. Even though we brought several of her favorite dolls and stuffed animals with us, they were left in the bag and "Birdie" (yes, that's what she named her) got all the attention.
Here is a nice article talking about some amazing kids that have made and donated these dolls to other kids.
And here are the instructions and patterns for how to make them (scroll to the bottom). . . I'm going to keep this in mind for next time I'm looking for a service project!
(That's the backside, tee hee!) I think Birdie is adorable and Lucy loves her. Thank you, thank you! whoever made her!