Written by Sheila Radziewicz
At the age of 18 months, a neighbor asked my parents if he could sponsor me so I could start receiving services at Shriners Hospital. This offer changed my life and opened a world of opportunity. Shriners became my second home figuratively and literally. I had check ups twice a year, multiple surgeries, leg braces, in patient and out patient care for almost 20 years.
My memories of Shriners Hospital are many. I had most of my care at the old hospital. The brick building that started with the large open clinic room and stretched back to the school. As a child I was very curious as to what was happening and asked many questions. I remember how Dr. Kruger would stop everything and answer my questions. He always made it known to the students at clinic that a patientâ€™s questions came first even if she was only five years old. I remember bringing pictures to him every visit and I always felt that I was his favorite. As an adult looking back I think that many thought the same as me and that was important. I was never afraid of going to the doctors and believe me I had reason to be afraid. Every visit put me one step closer to a surgery or surgery itself. It also brought me one step closer to being able to walk, and then walk without leg braces. It also brought me closer to being able to do the same things that my friends could do and that was very important to me. At a young age I decided that I could do anything and no one was going to tell me I could not. My mom saying “The impossible only takes a little longer” is how Iâ€™ve lived my life.
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Please join us Saturday, September 25, 2010, for family fun including the Melha Shrine Clowns, Melha Mini Scooters, Springfield Armor Basketball Station, magician, face painting, music, etc. This year’s celebration promises to be a great event with all proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenÂ® in Springfield.
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The upcoming school season is just around the corner and kids everywhere will be packing up their backpacks and heading off to school. Here are some things to keep in mind when using a backpack.
The Weight of Your Backpack
If the backpack weighs more than the carrierâ€™s body weight multiplied by 0.15, itâ€™s too heavy. Someone weighing 100 pounds shouldnâ€™t carry a backpack heavier than 15 pounds. Consider using a backpack with wheels if the total weight of the backpack is generally greater than 15% of your body weight.
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To help you learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, Springfield, MA, Here is a quick list highlighting some facts about the hospital, what we do, and what we can offer out patients.
1. To encourage independence and participation in sports, music and dance, etc, the orthotics andÂ prosthetics department custom designs prosthetic adaptation devices.
2. The Clinical Outcomes Assessment Laboratory isÂ involved in the study and application of biomechanics and gait analysis; including the use of a 3D bodyÂ scanner to measure body shape.
3. The Cleft Lip & Palate Clinic follows 360 patients. The team has been recognized nationally for itsÂ development of less-invasive treatment options forÂ cleft lip and palate repair.
4. Inpatient and outpatient satisfaction surveysÂ consistently score services in the mid to upperÂ 90th percentile.
5. The hospital uses Telemedicine to reach out toÂ children throughout the world.
6. $1.8 million dollar outpatient department renovation recently completed.