Despite attempts from staff to make procedures more cheerful — it’s hard to ignore, amidst the prodding and poking — that the new experiences can, at times be scary.
“Children here at the hospital are experiencing a lot of different things and new things.” explained Meghan Kenison, a child life specialist at Inova Loudoun hospital.
But what about the “fun scary” experiences — like trick-or-treating on Halloween?
Each year, Inova Loudoun staff members dress up on Halloween, delivering treats and toys to children.
“A lot of kids can’t leave their rooms, and they’re on isolation precautions, and so it’s a way for them to be able to participate in Halloween, in the festivities that we do here in the hospital.” Kenison explained.
Cathy Cardova is one mother of an Inova Loudoun patient who appreciates the tradition.
“Samantha has been so disappointed to miss out on trick-or-treating.” Cordova said of her daughter Samantha, 6. “She’s been crying that she wants to go home so that she can trick-or-treat, and she’s just not gonna be able to go outside. So this was an amazing replication, that was safe for her.”