Friday, 22 March 2013

Kelvins ward

The doctor found me today to tell me that Kelvin had asked him if the singing lady can come and see him again. He had been in a lot of pain recently but is feeling much better today.
I spent ages in his ward. I felt genuinly needed there. There was a little boy who has just had both eyes removed. He was bandaged up and just sitting very quietly on his own. His dad had gone for a while, so I sat right up close him and played the videos on my phone of the gig yesterday. He politely said hello to me and when I asked if he like the music he said yes. It's so weird trying to gage someone's reaction when you have no eye contact.

The nurses then arrived to do stuff with their drips etc. One beautiful little girl who had been having fun in the school room just that morning screamed and screamed. I played her videos of Herbie and Maimi singing songs and playing in the paddling pool. It totally distracted her. Then I covered her horrid bloody bandage with stickers. She was crying again by the time I left, but for a while she forgot.

There is also a stunning Masai girl with both her mum and dad there too in this ward. She's called Katherine. I lay with her on the bed and we watched almost all my videos of Herbie and Maimi. She giggled and laughed and then let me take a photo of her and her beautiful mum.

As I left today I passed 2 mums in the corridor, both sat chatting happily with little ones on their laps. It all seemed so lovely and normal, so I stopped join them. Then I saw one child's whole entire face was bandaged heavily. I don't know why it was, but God that must be awful. The other little one had a big scarf all over her and when her mother lifted it to say hello she too was heavily bandaged and it was all weepy and horrid.
What's strange about this is how happy and chatty the mums seemed-but I guess when your child has been close to death and in unimaginable pain because of how advanced the cancer is, to have eyes or limbs removed you're just so so grateful that they are still here.
You really do get used to being around children with deformities. You just don't see it.
Maybe for them it's a small price I pay! But in the western world they would not have been left with sunken sockets or no hope of a new limb.

Kelvin having his drugs sorted and then with me.
Katherine and her mum


Anonymous said...

Lovely photos. I love to see their smiles! They are so brave! Xx

Sam W said...

reading through your blog makes you realise all over again what lovely privileged lives we lead.. what an amazing trip you are having Jo, and what great work you have been doing with those children - you will have left a lasting memory for them all xx