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IVs and iPads

Emma gets IV fluids

We got back to Boston Wednesday morning, and by that afternoon Emma was throwing up again. She kept throwing up all night, so Thursday we went to see our family doctor, and he sent us over to the ER. I’m so grateful for the existence of IVs when they are needed – and I am even more grateful that we have typically healthy children! I was dreading getting the needle in, but the hospital sent in someone with an iPad, and Emma was so busy with it that she didn’t even notice. I’m sure the numbing cream helped, too!

Lily tries to help Emma feel better

Lily helped take care of Emma until a friend showed up to take Johnny and Lily to her house. The little bear Emma is cuddling in the top picture came in the pink gift back, which was from the hospital. They had coloring books and crayons for Johnny and Lily, as well. Our time at Emerson Hospital was much more positive than Johnny’s Boston Children’s trip back in 2009. Of course, iPads didn’t even exist back then. Apple, can you please donate some to hospitals across the country? It would be good marketing; I was feeling tremendous love for that shiny gem of technology! =)

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

14 thoughts on “IVs and iPads”

  1. Oh Mary Anne, this is pitiful. I am so glad she was ok. It is wonderful that her hospital visit went so well and was a positive experience for her!

    I have never used an iPad, but here they are awesome!

    1. I’m not convinced owning an iPad is worth the price, but it was perfect for this situation, and I was so grateful they had it on hand!

  2. I am so sorry that Emma has to go through that. I pray all is better now. The photos are very sweet, but I am certain it was so hard for you to go through it with her. Happy that the Ipad and Teddy made it easier!

    Kerri

  3. Glad to hear she is doing better but poor thing… Sounds like that was a good experience minus the whole reason you had to be there…. How sweet of Lily to comfort her sister… awwww

  4. I am so sorry that you had to go to the hospital, but I am glad that Emma took it as a trooper and feels better. She doesn’t look like her normal cheerful self in these pictures.

  5. I’m glad to read that she is feeling better. Poor thing!

    My kids love my ipad and I can definitely see how it would be a great tool in a situation like this. I’m all for good distractions!

  6. I’m so behind on reading, because I was on vacation. I’m sorry about Emma being sick. Poor thing. Thank goodness for the iPad! I was glad to see in the comments that Emma is much better.

  7. Poor thing! Hope she is feeling much, much better. That pic of Lily comforting Emma is priceless. What a great idea to use iPads to entertain kids in the hospital!

  8. Elisa | blissfulE

    What a great use of technology – distracting children from bothersome medical procedures! I clicked back, and what a difference from Johnny’s terrible experience. No wonder you were bracing yourself for another traumatic moment!

    Glad Emma’s rehydrated, and hope she’s feeling back to 100% soon!

  9. Two Chicks and a Hen

    Oh, poor thing! I can’t believe she had an IV. I hope she’s feeling better soon.

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