Masks, Social Distancing, COVID-19. The year that was 2020. Patients and families taking ever precaution to keep themselves and their kiddos safe. Healthcare workers, nurses, and doctors putting themselves on the front line and sacrificing their own health for those in their care. On today's Live, Learn and Play podcast we talk with nurse superhero Amanda Andrews. You may remember Amanda from our Instagram story featuring Arkansas Children's nurses who went to New York City to help with one of the early outbreaks of the pandemic. Amanda discusses her nursing experience on the front lines in New York, what she learned, and offers a look back to where we where in 2020 and the hope and optimism going into the new year.
The holidays are a joyous time of year. There's always a lot of anticipation. Getting or giving the right gift, cooking, shopping, etc. You're opening presents, you're spending time with family, you're putting ornaments on the tree while White Christmas plays through your cozy home. But for the McFerron family and their little daughter Genevieve, the anticipation wasn't a present wrapped under a tree, it was waiting for a phone call.
In life, taking the first steps can be the hardest, but with love and support from people like our next guest, putting one foot in front of the other becomes a mission. On today's episode of the Live, Learn and Play Podcast, we sit down with Carrie Andrews, Jayden's Mom, to discuss his adoption, challenges and successes, and the strength from being in a wheelchair all day to walking and talking a mile a minute.
Proton Therapy, Targeted Therapy, and innovations in Pediatric Cancer! September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month so join us on LL&P as we sit down with Dr. Joanna Mack of Hematology/Oncology at Arkansas Children's to discuss exciting and emerging tech and ways to support the brave kids fighting and beating cancer!
Going back to school, especially during a pandemic is stressful for kids and parents. We talk with Marisha DiCarlo, VP of Community Engagement,Advocacy, Health and Hope Mullins, Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children's about ways to keep your kids safe when going back to school. We cover physical safety with COVID-19 and school transportation, mental health and signs that your child may be struggling, as well as online safety and trends to be aware of when using the internet.
Going into a 20 week ultrasound can be exciting, scary, and everything in between. But imagine hearing the news that your unborn child has something wrong with his spine, and that something is Spina Bifida. On this episode of the Live, Learn, and Play Podcast, we sit down with Arkansas Children's Ambassador Evan Lee and his Mom Amanda as they recount stories from Evan's diagnosis, his ambassadorship at Arkansas Children's, and his medical journey into adolescence.
Here at Arkansas Children's we know that one size definitely doesn't fit all when it comes to your child, which is why the Pediatric Sedation Team is so dedicated to providing right sized care in a safe and compassionate way. On this episode of the Live, Learn, and Play Podcast, we talk to Dana Thomas, RN III on the Pediatric Sedation team as she describes the Pediatric Sedation program at Arkansas Children's Hospital and how beneficial it is for kids and families of Arkansas and beyond. Please do not delay care. Arkansas Children's is ready to see you now.
What are the psychological effects on children during the COVID-19 outbreak? We sit down with Dr. Karen Farst, Medical Director for Children at Risk, and Dr. Nicholas Long, pediatric psychologist at Arkansas Children's to discuss how to best handle the mental and physical stresses for you and your children during this unprecedented time. We also discussed the potential for an increase in child abuse cases in the state due to families being at home more during this time. We are also so grateful to all of healthcare workers who are on the frontlines and who continue to be heroes for the patients and families they are treating. We are so thankful for you...more than ever.
Pediatric Hospitalist Dr. Rebecca Cantu joins the podcast to discuss COVID-19, where it started, how it spreads and ways to keep you and your family safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
When we think of comic books, we think of the typical things. Soaring through the air, the capes, the symbols, beating the bad guy. You know, superhero stuff. But for the kids at Arkansas Children's their superpowers are even more page turning and for some cardiac patients the symbol on their chest makes them a superhero come to life. On this episode on the Live Learn and Play Podcast we talk with Adam Cherepski, Alex's Dad, about Alex's origin story and how he's using his powers for good.
Type 1...Type 2. One of the first things that comes to mind after hearing these words is Diabetes and the complications that come with it. Faithful, loyal, funny, witty. A true family hero. The first things that come to mind when describing Finley Kate, a precious 8 year old with Type 1 Diabetes. On this episode of the Live, Learn and Play podcast Finley Cate's mom, Heather Patterson, joins us to discuss Finley Kate's journey that led to her diagnosis, how Finley and her family are maneuvering the complicated path of Type 1 Diabetes, and how you can support and impact the diabetic community.
To protect and serve. A police officer's creed. But what happens when a devastating diagnosis attempts to take away a father and policeman's ability to protect the most important thing, his son's health. On today's episode we talk to Steve Chamness, a North Little Rock Police Officer to discuss the medical journey of his son Zach who was diagnosed as a young boy with a stage four brain tumor.
We all make lists. Grocery lists, lists of goals, and just regular to do lists. But for some people a list can actually save a life. On today's episode of the Live. Learn. & Play podcast we talk with Ruby Peeler's Mom, Betsy, about her daughter's story and about a list she never expected to be on.
A discussion with Parent Partner Jodie McGinley about the power of patient centered care, the importance of Family Advisory Boards at Arkansas Children's, and her own testimonial about her and her family's journey from heartbreak to giving back.
Teenage cancer survivor Alex Hinerman joins us on this episode to talk about the difficulty in getting diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, the battles with cancer and treatment, and the special memories of her time at Arkansas Children's.
Diagnosed in 2015, with Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer, Kaden Peebles understands the affects and inner strength it takes to battle cancer. This is her second battle with the disease but this time with Secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia, caused by chemotherapy from her first fight with cancer. We sit down with Kaden to discuss her cancer fight and the next steps in her courageous medical journey.
Erin Johnson, Tori's Mom, sits down on the podcast to discuss her 4 year old daughter's difficult and scary journey with pediatric cancer and how Arkansas Children's made a difference in the lives of Tori and her family.
In this episode of Live, Learn & Play, mom Heather Honaker sits down to tell the story of her youngest daughter, Ellie who was born Down Syndrome and underwent further health complications in the earliest time of her life.
In this episode of Live, Learn & Play we sit down with Taylor Long, a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, to chat about the culture of nursing here at Arkansas Children's, the values of being a nurse, and a behind the scenes look at what makes Arkansas Children's different as a pediatric hospital.
Imagine your child suddenly not being able to hear you, family, friends, or the rest of the outside world. That was the reality for mom Katie Clifton and her five year old child Mercy. In this episode we sat down with Katie to understand what Mercy's diagnosis was, the impact it had on Mercy and her family, and how cochlear implants offered the hope that she would hear again.
Happy Nurses Week! Nurses Week runs from May 6th to May 12th! We love our Nurses here at Arkansas Children's and to celebrate we sat down with Angel One Transport Nurse Matt Whaley to discuss his 15 years here at Arkansas Children's, stories from his work, and how Arkansas Children's nurses provide care and hope to children in the state and beyond.
In this episode we talk to Ashley McNatt, Levi's mom, about his cleft diagnosis and how the experts at Arkansas Children's and most importantly his family, bonded together to help Levi smile even bigger.
In this episode we are talking to Lindsay Uekman, Reed's Mom, about Reed's heart transplant journey at Arkansas Children's and how even a hurricane couldn't come between Reed and his family's journey to a new beginning.