While I'm waiting, I often watch the people.
There is the poor family that looks like they don't have a clue of what's going on..... walking around in pajama pants - wishing they could be home drinking the pain away.
There's the rich folks in their $500 shoes, typing on their fancy electronic gadget's looking like maybe the can work the pain away and wondering "how in the world could this happen to my child?"
There's the family that has kids at home and kids in the hospital - trying to juggle being a parent, visiting the sick kids, keeping up with the house and working a full time job.
There's the grandparents with the look of sadness in their eyes, as they ponder the seriousness of the situation.
There's the young parents who look like kids themselvese unsure of what's going to happen - not sure where to look to for help.
There's the tired parents that have been living in the hospital or driving back and forth for months... trying to keep it all together...
Then there's the kids - the brothers and sisters who are worried about their sibling. Or the kid in the hospital - always worried, sometimes in pain - wondering what tests will be next and when they can go home.
There's alot of sadness and dispaire in a Children's hospital.... but if you look around, you see alot of joy too.
You see nurses painting a little girls nails or singing frozen to a lonely child.
Doctors taking time to answer all your questions and put the kids mind at ease.
A stranger bring balloons and teddy bears room to room.
A church group making lunch for you and taking prayer requests.
Friends coming to visit.
Child life specialists bringing legos and toys to help pass the time.
Therapist playing music or playing games - helping to get the kids mind off their pain.
So although a kids hospital is a sobering place to be, don't forget, that you can make it a more happy place for those that are there.