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Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

When Grady’s teacher asked if I would be available to help during their field trip for pretend hospital, I of course said yes. This has been the first year that I have really got to help in any of the kid’s classes and it has been great getting to see and interact in their classrooms. Alayna was of course very excited, I think possibly more excited than Grady, to get to go on the field trip with the “big kids.”

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

After confusion with jackets and pee breaks we were on the bus and ready for the trek across town. Grady of course snag the window seat but Alayna was perched over his shoulder to get a good look. That didn’t last long before Grady said, “NO Alayna.”

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Apparently it is funny being told no and being a pest. That or Grady told a joke, now I can’t remember.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

This goes against everything in me as an artist but I can’t take my eyes away from it, so it stays.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Everyone had to pick, do you want to be a doctor or a nurse. I love seeing what kids naturally gravitate towards. We had some kids who tried to do take backs but everyone had to keep what they originally had. Wouldn’t that stink in life to never be able to switch.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

First stop was Radiology. The tech, Diane, was saying, “See, she has a camera to take pictures of your outsides and I am here to take pictures of your insides.” Made me laugh because little did she know, and if she thought hard enough she would have remembered me, I have done both in my career. She was teaching the kids here about left and right and using markers to show which hand is which.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

The boy with his hand up lives down the street from us and for some reason this picture cracks me up. I believe she was asking if anyone had broken a bone or had an x-ray before.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Grady got picked to be the boy with the broken arm. My kids were magnets during this field trip for being the examples and they loved it.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Next room was admitting and the kids were less than thrilled. Luckily she had these cute little figures to talk about what might happen during an accident and how they get helped at the hospital.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Admissions clerk: “Do you know your birthday?” Grady: “No.”

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Admissions clerk: “Do you know your birthday?” Alayna: “No.”

Well I am glad that none of my kids know when they were born. Maybe this means I can skip having to buy birthday gifts!

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Down the hall and to the next room.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

To the blood… This was the only picture I took in here because I was too busy watching the big eye balls from the kids as she showed the needles. This might have been the room the kids were the most quiet in.

I skipped a few rooms due to a bathroom break with Alayna. Those rooms were all about healthy eating and good foods. There were lots of funny ‘my mom does this’ or ‘my mom does that’ stories.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

We re-joined in the cardiac room. The kids loved seeing the heart and all the different moving parts. One really awesome thing they had was an iPad showing the heart moving in real time. For a potentially boring subject, they did a great job making it fun.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

“I can’t find the beeping.”

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life“Let me try.”

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the lifeNext room was surgery and the ladies were so fun! They, I believe, knew the neighbor boy but were so personal with all the kids. They were pretending that he fell and broke his arm on the playground and were showing them what might happen.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life“Oh no, it looks to be broken!”

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the lifeField Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

The stations seemed like they were getting shorter and shorter so the ladies really had to rush through the presentation but the kids loved it.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Meet Sadie. This was the sick little girl in the next room. Of course immediately Alayna had to raise her hand and say with big eyes, “My cat’s name is Sadie!” Funny how once you name someone or something, you notice that name everywhere. She seemed pretty proud!

This room they talked about if you were to get sick and how they take care of you. They talked about getting an I.V. and lots about not letting our family members smoke. Lots of kids were happy to share that their parents or grandparents smoked. I am sure they were all getting a lecture later!

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the lifeTo show how it feels to be a smoker they gave all of us straws and that is how we had to take in a breath. The kids of course loved it. The little girl on the end was very proud that she even knew how to hold a cigarette. That of course got the eyeballs from every adult in the room.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

The straws were fun but the goodies were even better. On to the next room.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Oh no, Grady again with the broken arm. They are starting to make me worry that my kid is going to have a broken arm here soon!

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the lifeField Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Even Ana and Elsa had signed the casts!

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

The kids really loved playing like they had broken arms. This being the last station, things got a little rowdy in this room. Lots of trying to have a battle of the broken arms, and touch, touch, touch everything. But at last it was time to go.

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

The kids weren’t too interested in getting a group picture. They wanted to go through those goodie bags!

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

Field Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the lifeField Trip to Make Believe Hospital, lifestyle pictures, day in the life

I didn’t know what to think going into the day but it was such a fun morning. The kids really loved seeing all the different stations and all of the hands on activities. Being that the hospital can be a scary place, putting on a trip like this might help the next little boy or girl that has to come in while being sick. Definitely a kudos to Joint Township District Hospital and their staff!

Until next year!

jessica klaus, beyond the wanderlust

 

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