Count on us

A new year's greeting from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Elizabeth is 15 years old.  She spends 1 week out of every month at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital receiving IVIG treatments for autoimmune encephalitis.  But Elizabeth makes the most out of her time at Mott. Alongside our music therapy team, Elizabeth has learned to play the ukelele and piano.

Elizabeth is one of the many reasons we come to work every day.
Everyone from our doctors and nurses to our scientists and social workers are committed to extraordinary care.

From all of us at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital,
may you have a healthy and joyful 2015.
You can count on us to care for your family, today, tomorrow and always.

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
www.mottchildren.org

Friday is cupcake therapy day

Cupcake therapy at Mott Children's HospitalSpending time in the hospital isn’t a piece of cake, but on Fridays at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital it’s cupcake time. Every Friday afternoon, we host Cupcake Therapy in the Family Center. Cupcake Therapy is a great informal time for family members and patients to relax and enjoy decorating cupcakes.

Each week we have a theme based on the season or what’s happening at the University or in the Health System. We’ve done St. Patrick’s Day, spring flowers, March Madness, maize and blue and even made Despicable Me-themed Minion cupcakes. Chef Steve Shifano and his staff bake the cupcakes and the Family Center provides the frosting and all the decorations. Ann Hendrick, Family Center Coordinator, and I roll out the cupcake cart each Friday. We create a few sample cupcakes each week and those who come down to decorate use our theme and then express their own creativity.

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Nothing can hold us back: Our family’s tube feeding journey

Ava Jones When Ava was born in February of 2011, all was well in our home as we were figuring out how to juggle a newborn and her two siblings, who at the time were 3 and 2. We noticed that Ava was not gaining enough weight, but we were not sure why. One day in May she developed a high fever and we brought her to the emergency room where we were quickly admitted. During that long inpatient stay, doctors discovered what was causing the fever and the answer to why Ava was not gaining weight — she had difficulties swallowing and was aspirating liquids into her lungs.

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Coping with pain and discomfort

Tips and advice for kids, from kids

In this week’s new Kids4Kids video, patients from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital talk about tips for dealing with pain and discomfort from chronic illness and medical procedures.

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What tips do you have for coping with pain and discomfort?  Use the “reply” tool at the bottom of this post to share your advice with others!

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The role of friends and family during your treatment

You’ve probably heard the lyrics, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

In this week’s new Kids4Kids video, patients from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital talk about the important role their friends and families play in supporting them during treatment or living with chronic illness.

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What tips do you have for letting friends and family help you through illness?  Use the “reply” tool at the bottom of this post to share your advice with others!

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Keeping up with medications

Advice for kids, from kids

Living with a chronic illness often means taking medication…sometimes, a lot of medication.

In this week’s new Kids4Kids video, patients from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital talk about their experiences keeping up with complicated medicine regimens, and some of the tips they’ve used to stay on top of taking meds.

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What tips do you have for kids and teens on keeping up with medications and treatment regimens?  Use the “reply” tool at the bottom of this post to share your advice with others!

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