For just a moment
DREAMING THE DREAM
For just a moment, imagine you are a child and you are thinking about going
to the hospital... again. It really doesn't matter if its for chemo or surgery or
physical therapy. You know that you will follow an adult who leads you into a scary
room full of equipment that is suppose to help you, but also usually hurts you.
Now imagine a different scene. Suppose you are a parent and your child has just had
an operation on her leg and needs follow up physical therapy. At the hospital, your
child visits a playland village where everything is just her size. There are other
children making a train go around the small village... and a girl is driving down the
street in a pedal car... and there is a bridge that goes to the ice cream store... and a
school house where your child gets to be the teacher and writes the lessons on the
board... and so many other fun things that you can hardly list them all.
Sure... its still gonna hurt, but its not a sterile room with a picture or two on the
wall. Couldn't those dredful physical therapy parallel bars be
the railing for the bridge that goes to the ice cream shop? And, couldn't there be a
refrigerator with real ice cream in the ice cream shop? And, why couldn't those
little cars be designed so they strengthen weak legs when the children play with
them? And, why couldn't writing words on the black board increase the range of
motion of an injured arm. And, when children use the "lat pull downs"
couldn't they make a monkey jump up and down instead of making a weight go up and
down? Why indeed!
What would it be like, if the entire hospital experience was designed for the emotional as
well as the physical needs of a child? Imagine if you can, a child looking forward
to going to the hospital. Wouldn't that be wonderful? Is such an
Can you catch the vision? Dream the dream? Is your facility ready for this
kind of thinking? Are you cutting-edge material? Do your administrators
and board members have vision? Could your foundation raise the required funds?
Is there a donor who would give a thousand or two... or several million to see a dream
come true? Are there members of your staff that that can provide the necessary
leadership to utilize this kind of facility? If so we would like to be part of your
team. Let's work together and take children's healthcare to places no one has ever
Big dreams and little dreams come true all the time. Sometimes in one big rush and
sometimes in small steps. If you don't think that this is true... just look around.
People like you and Kay and I, built the pyramids... they sailed around the world
in tall ships... they went to the moon. It all starts with a dream. I can
remember sitting on my mother's lap, and I can still hear her voice "and the little
train said, I think I can, I think I can."
Our lives are like paintings. Each
time we do something, we put a bit more paint on the canvas. With this in mind lets
create a masterpiece!
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