In all this over packed chaotic place that is pediatric ward, I absolutely love being stationed in Bona 1. Maybe it’s the air conditioner (properly working one), maybe it’s the bright lights, maybe it’s the easy access to the outer world, or maybe maybe it’s the pack of patients that win my heart. I’m sold. See, compared to the other rooms, Bona 1 is very alive. You can see the nephrology and hematology patients running around the room like cray kids -in a good way. Not to mention their chubby cheeks! They’re always so alive and positive. Plus, they rarely cry! Whenever you come close with manset and stethoscope ready (even with needles and syringes to draw some blood), they’ll just stick their chubby arms up and smile cheekily, no mess no fuss. I love being around them, either just casually sitting on their bed playing plant vs zombie or running around chasing them. They spend the day playing with other patients on this massive carpet being spread on the floor or on each other’s bed; creating huge mess afterwards. Sometimes they go to this little park hand in hand –although it doesn’t fit the major criteria of a park which is “fun”, they don’t seem to mind. And I may or may not coo at the sight of them holding hands. It’s also way too funny watching them walking around with urine bags attached on their hips! I’m like HAHAHA GUYS STOP YOU HAVE FRICKIN URINE BAGS HAHAHA. Anyway. When it gets dark they stay on their beds, cocooned in their blankets, snuggling with their parents. Almost each one of the patients here has tablet or other sophisticated gadgets on hand, so it’s very common to hear the sound of various online game, anime, sitcom, even dangdut and India music –courtesy of their parents each night.
Looking at these bouncy and happy kids, you won’t believe that half of them have diagnosis far too long to be put in the observation sheet. Some of the parents often get stunned, and shake their heads in disbelief looking at how energized their kids are. Maybe it has something to do with them having chronic diseases like CKD, lupus, leukima, etc., which are slow progressive, mean they basically look good and healthy outside, at the moment. They go in and out of the hospital for countless time, you can only imagine how familiar they are with the protocol, the ambiance, they know what to expect, when to cry, when to put a strong face and such. They are by the definition of pro. And it really helps the medical workers do their jobs. The parents are also very supportive. No matter how late it is for TTV time they always welcome us, DM, with such understanding smile. And they’re educated too. Forced to be. They have little books of vital sign and urine output, they keep track of the amount of chemo, transfusion, or other meds being given, lab results, etc. On Monday the doctor will put this blood smear result, consisting of leukocyte, erithrocyte, thrombocyte, eos neu bas stab segmen count, and it pretty much decides whether their kids need another transfusion, being put on hold for chemo, or being granted for some. When the long list is finally out, they’ll be rushing to the wall, pen and book open and ready. They’re trained. They also take turns in keeping the room clean, like you can find them sweeping the floor at 4 in the afternoon. The bond between the parents are also quite strong. They don’t hesitate to comfort other kids when their families aren’t available, they make jokes, share foods; they basically treat other kids as if their own.
No matter how hectic it’s gonna be, I’m always looking forward to be in Bona 1, not dreading it, like some of my friends. The kids, have became my kids, in a way. And they never failed to warm my heart in the most hectic situation. Putra with his cheeky attitude, Marco and his long lashes, Maulid the leader of the pack, Risna and her hello kitty obsession, Safa and her wild wild hair, Ivan and his silly mom, and the rest of Bona 1 patients… Love you lots! I sincerely hope you guys feel better soon. May Allah bless you! Pure souls. X.