Beads of Courage

Paediatrics is unlike any other experience of hospital I’ve had before. Not that I’ve spent much time in them as a whole. My experience is limited to visiting poorly relatives and of course, giving birth to our two beautiful girls. There’s definitely a different feeling here though, as if the children and their interests come first, and their illness second.┬áLike the time Poppy interrupted a discussion with the doctors on their morning round to ask if she could go to the park, and the lead consultant sat next to Graham tapping her phone, showing him how to get to the nearest one. Or the many times anyone enters our room while we are reading, and waits patiently for us to finish before resuming their duties. Even joining in with their favourite parts on occasion, as with the appearance of the Gruffalo fish in ‘Tiddler’.

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