There are few things in life that suck as badly as having a sick kid. My child has a kind of kidney disease that has not been well controlled by medication.
When his Kamloops pediatrician couldn’t manage him anymore, we were referred to B.C. Children’s Hospital where we could be seen by pediatric (specialists). I’m not going to lie; the road to B.C. Children’s Hospital was a frustratingly bumpy one at times.
However, once the referral was in, amazing things happened. The Shriners’ motor coach takes us to and from B.C. Children’s Hospital free of charge.
The Easter Seals House in Vancouver has a suite for us just four blocks from the hospital, again free of charge.
There is a family co-ordinator at the hospital that is absolutely wonderful on the phone and helps us through what will be the first of many appointments.
I know that not everyone has such a happy story, but I did want to let other parents travelling to Children’s with their sick kids know that there are resources out there to help them.
For help with transportation, contact the Care Cruiser at Shriners at 1-800-661-KIDS.
For Easter Seals House accommodation, contact 1-800-818-3666, and for help navigating the hospital, call the Family Resource and Support Centre at 604-875-2345 ext. 7037.
When you’re going through all the stuff associated with having a sick child, it’s nice to know you don’t have to do it alone!