Day trips seem to be trending with the Capes and Crowns crew lately. Although, this one wasn't nearly as far or adventurous as mine and Kylie's trip back in June to Lucille Packard at Stanford.
We received a nomination a few weeks ago for a little boy named Wyatt. Wyatt is a pretty special little guy. He was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and two years ago he received the amazing gift of a brand new, healthy, heart. Lately he hasn't been feeling too well, so he and his mother made their usual journey up to Seattle Children's Hospital. I had never been up to that specific hospital, but there's a first time for everything! When we received the nomination, I knew that I had to go.
The rest of the team had another session the same day that I was going to head up, so it was just me and Justin Timberlake (90's kid....I have no regrets) on the 3.5 hour drive up to Seattle from my little town just outside of Portland.
Like the terrible Pacific Northwesterner that I am, I had really only been to Pike's Place in Seattle, never beyond that (with the exception of the ferry, of course). I was surprised JUST how big that city is, but when I pulled off of I-5 onto the UW campus (where Seattle Children's is), it was like a whole other world. Beautiful paved walkways lined with endless amounts of flowers and trees, it definitely did not look like the Seattle I just sat in traffic through for the past hour.
Walking into a hospital room, we are never quite sure what to expect. There are always so many questions leading up to things before we meet the families, and it's never the same. When I walked into Wyatt's room, I saw a spunky little guy playing with a deck of cards. "I'm doing a magic trick!" he told me excitedly. "Do you want to see?"
Well of course when an adorable little boy asks if you want to see a magic trick, you HAVE to say yes. So I did. And you know what? That kid picked my card out of the deck! AMAZING! Move over, Criss Angel. Wyatt is going to take your spot at the Luxor!
Once doctors had done their rounds and Wyatt's mother (Amber) was informed of the plan for the next day or so, Wyatt begged to go down to the play room. I had never seen this before at a hospital, but maybe I just have never paid attention. This room had board games, a pool table, video games, absolutely everything a kid could ever want! He and Amber played a game of pools, though the rules were quite interesting. I had never before seen pool played the way that Wyatt played! Though, it did seem to work awfully well in his favor.....
From the playroom, we checked out a few board games. I can't remember all of the ones that Wyatt insisted that we HAD to get, but I do know that Operation and Sorry were two of them. Amber and Wyatt played another interesting version of Operation. It's so strange how children know all of these special versions of games! We then played Sorry! all together, and again, Wyatt won. That kid is one heck of a game player!
Wyatt and I spent the last bit of my time at the hospital playing Mario Kart...with me feeling especially old. I definitely did not understand how the controller worked, but that's besides the point.
I was so sad to say goodbye to Amber and Wyatt. I had a great few hours there and wish I could have stayed for more magic tricks and games. Watching these two together was just amazing. Their family has been through so much, yet the day was filled with laughs and smiles.
Until next time, little buddy. See you again. <3
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