A week or 2 before radiation is scheduled to start, there is a planning session when the Radiation Oncologist does her own CT & MR... Long story short, Emmett was still inpatient with fevers and low counts at Children's when he was scheduled for this appointment at MGH. So we got to ride in style (most expensive taxi ride ever, I might add... over $1000 to go just 3 miles). Emmett wasn't a big fan, as you can see, especially since he already wasn't feeling well.
He'd just had surgery a few days before. You can see the bandages still on his head from the Rickham Reservoir Placement. They use this to inject chemo directly into the brain; more specifically, where the CSF is produced, so then the chemo circulates with the new fluid around the brain and spine.
One day, Emmett would probably think a ride in an ambulance was exciting;
unfortunately, this wasn't the day, but we tried to document it well for him.
The EMTs were really nice and answered all our questions about ambulances ;)
They were happy to take pictures, too. They probably felt like celebrities.
I'm guessing their job is pretty mundane. Sounds like they don't respond to a lot of emergencies;
instead they just do a lot of planned hospital transfers.
When Emmett woke from the sedation for the CT, he was still pretty mellow. Usually he wakes up from sedation ok, but since he wasn't feeling great to begin with, he wasn't too lively. (Plus, the CT room he was in had a cat obsessed tech or something. There were kitty posters and cat calendars and probably someone's pet cat hanging out in there somewhere. Maybe it was a little too much)
They had toys waiting for him on his recovery bed. But instead, he saw the janitor's closet
open across from his bed and wanted this broom. That's my boy
This is after he's done and on our way back to Children's
Back 'home', safe and sound