Happy Thoughts: NYC Children's Hospital Gives CAT Scan Room A Pirate Makeover To Help Kids Relax

September 5, 2013


Hospitals: they're terrifying. I can't even remember being in one as a child but probably because I've completely blocked out those memories along with the one of me pooping my pants while jumping on a tractor tire on the playground in kindergarten. Just kidding, that one will haunt me for life. I had to ask the teacher permission to go to the bathroom after the deed was already done, then took off towards the building using one hand to hold the load up in the back of my shorts so it wouldn't fall out. To this day I can still close my eyes and hear her and my classmates laughing while I ran, tears streaming. This is the new and improved pirate-themed CAT scan room at the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital (or NYPMSCH for short but still pretty long).

"There aren't scary pirates -- there's a pussycat pirate and one that looks like Curious George," says Dr. Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro, chief of Pediatric Radiology. "The parents have been really positive too. It makes it less scarier for the kids."

"Kids who are sick know so many ways of distancing themselves from what is going on physically," says [Registered Nurse Naomi] Hawkins. "Much more than grown-ups do. I mean, we pay for yoga, it doesn't work. We're told if you can meditate you're smarter -- the children are the smartest."

It's true, children are the smartest. You might think adults are the smartest, but that's just your stupid getting in the way. The smartest person I know? Me. The second smartest? A kid. "Which one?" Uhhhhhh *pointing* that one -- that one over there. "That's a doll." You trying to say she's smarter than me?!

Hit the jump for a couple more shots.





Thanks to Adam M, who's holding out for a ninja themed CAT scan room. Dude, I appreciate your ninja loyalty but if you really need to get checked out now is no time to hate on pirates.

  • Angila

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  • Abi

    Am i the only one who wishes they did this for adults as well? A star wars themed one maybe?

  • WheelchairNinja the SpeedDemon

    I spent too much of my youth in children's hospitals. Trust me, none of those cutesy distractions will matter to a six-year-old when they're alone inside that giant machine and it suddenly starts making scary noises.

  • Old but Gold. Gives me the feels. You guys should check out the TED talk on this.

  • PBRthur

    *All the feelings*

  • I had to go for an MRI a few years ago. I put on the ear buds that they gave me and closed my eyes. I nearly fell asleep. When I came out, the tech said, "How'd you do? Not so bad, huh?" I replied that I thought it was rather relaxing. He stared at me and said, "That's not the response I usually get."

  • McGarnagle

    I got one when I was sleep deprived, and it was really difficult for me to stay conscious during the car ride to the hospital. That thing pretty much startled me awake for like a week.

  • m8kin

    Arrrrr, puts a new 'spin' on walking the plank!

    But good on em!

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