Joshua has a really good relationship with Dr. Rivera, his cardiologist, and has no problem going to doctor appointments. However, I was afraid that the hospital atmosphere might scare him & I was nervous about how he'd react.
Well, he was just normal Josh! Talkative & social. He wasn't thrilled to trade in his Batman t-shirt for the hospital gown, covered in clowns...but who would be? But other than that, he was in a great mood all day.
Since we were the second case of the day I worried he would have to sit around for countless hours, bored & hungry. That was not the case. The minute we walked into the unit he was surrounded by nurses who couldn't believe how big he had gotten, nor how confident he was. Then he was whisked to his bed and the next thing we knew his vitals had all been taken & he was wearing the clown hospital gown...it happened that fast...no time to think about being hungry!
It was only about 30 minutes before we were up at the lab waiting to go in for the cath. In that 30 minutes he met Beatrix, the child life specialist, who was amazing. She kept him in good spirits, and distracted. He was also given a dose of some anti-anxiety meds while he waited to be taken. When the meds kicked in his eyes got wide & he began slowly swaying. He was a happy boy. He was "balloon guy" as he called himself!