When I became pregnant with my first child I was ecstatic. I fantasized a lot about what my child would look like, how their personality would be and what types of activities we would do together. They were mostly happy thoughts. If any negative thoughts tried to creep in about sickness or disease, I would make it go away by browsing online for baby items or think about baby names. Just something that would get me back to my happy place.
All of that changed the second my son was born and I was waiting for someone to bring him to me. It was probably only a few minutes before I saw him, but to me it seemed like a lifetime. During that time, I became really anxious and started to think that something must be wrong. I did not know that my level of fear and anxiety would escalate so much once I had children. It seems like the more they grow, the worse it gets.
Recently, my four-year-old son has begun to ride his bike independently and play t-ball. I did not think that him playing t-ball would bother me as much until his teammate did not see him standing behind him and came SO close to hitting his head with a bat. Oh, and the worrying does not stop inside the home either. Especially since my son believes that he is a superhero and can jump off of anything. It does not matter how high it is off of the ground. Then there’s my two-year-old daughter who believes that she can do anything that her big brother can, but BETTER. This causes me to be in a constant state of uneasiness because I know that my kids will explore and try new things. I also know that exploring and trying new things is important for them to continue to grow and learn.
The only thing that can and has eased my fears a bit is knowing that if either of my children get hurt or become ill they will receive excellent care from top doctors at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the CHOP Care Network. The doctors at CHOP truly care about children and making sure that they either stay healthy or become healthy. They are experts in their field and are able to treat all healthcare concerns from the common cold to an urgently needed surgery.
It does not matter what time of day or night that a child may need medical attention since there are over 50 locations in the network. This means that I do not have to travel to the main hospital location to receive care. I can visit a CHOP Primary Care location,such as Chestnut Hill and still receive top notch service. Also, if it is after hours I can take my child to a CHOP Urgent Care facility.
I can handle the fear and anxiousness that comes with motherhood. But, I cannot handle my child looking to me for help when they are in pain or ill and not knowing what to do. That is why I am grateful to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The CHOP Care Network because I know that a pediatrician will be available at anytime to provide the best care for my children. As a parent, all I want to do is provide my children with the best and that includes their healthcare.