Saturday, December 11, 2010

hello dolly meets bye by birdie

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!

5 comments:

Annie P said...

We made these a couple years ago for a family service project. It is a great one. We sewed and the kids stuffed. Perfect. Cute Lucy. Love her artwork. :)

The Dell Family said...

While we were living there Alix visited Primary Childrens for 5 days for what they ended up calling a 13 day unknown Virus. Anyway I remember one of her last days she was able to play in the nursery and they gave her one of those dolls. It means the world to me and we still have it.

Thank for sharing!

sara said...

hazel had a vcug a few months back- and they found out she had hip dysplasia during the test- not exactly what they were looking for!

Becky said...

I was just looking for a new service project for R.S., I think we are going to make these!!

brooklyn said...

I love these! Thanks for sharing!!