Stories about: Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham

How to survive six months in the wilderness with Type 1 diabetes

Hiking in Vermont

Every January, for a few short weeks, the population of picturesque Marlow, New Hampshire, grows just a little larger.

A dozen or so high school students converge upon the storybook New England village to begin preparation for an epic adventure: a 600-mile circumnavigation of Vermont by backcountry ski, white water canoe, rowboat and bicycle, led by Marlow-based wilderness school Kroka Expeditions.

Under the mentorship of guides and woodsmen, the students learn skills to navigate the six-month, semester-long journey through the wilderness. There is no “how to” book, no survival guide—just a few unwritten rules to live by. But 18-year-old Rachel Hemond, who has Type 1 diabetes, doesn’t need much direction when it comes to survival.

She’s figured that out on her own.

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Hospital becomes playground for 2-year-old with ear tubes

Luke Park

Distracting and entertaining a toddler during a doctor’s visit is no walk in the park. But what if the doctor’s office has all the bells and whistles of the playground, plus it makes your child feel better?

Luke Unsworth is an active and healthy 2-year-old who lives with his parents Marybeth and Andrew Unsworth in Norwood, Mass. After six painful ear infections in six months, Luke’s pediatrician referred the Unsworths to Dr. Eelam Adil at Boston Children’s at Waltham for Myringotomy tubes (ear tubes).

Dr. Adil says ear tubes “decrease the frequency and severity of ear infections, improve comfort, allow for using antibiotic drops instead of oral systemic antibiotics and improve hearing.” About one million children in the U.S. each year have tubes placed in their ears.

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Boston Children’s at Waltham turns 10!

2–year-old Luke Unsworth is a patient at Boston Children’s at Waltham.

Today we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Boston Children’s at Waltham. From 80 patients on opening day in 2005 to 110,000 patients today, our Waltham facility offers the same high standard of care of Boston Children’s Hospital, with the feel of a community hospital. “We have grown exponentially in terms of capacity and complexity, while keeping the patient-centered, efficient, highest quality of care,” says Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief Peter M. Waters, MD.

Patients agree. Marybeth Unsworth came in with her 2-year-old son Luke this week for minor surgery. “The nurses, doctors and staff at the Waltham campus are amazing…a total class act. We were all nervous, but the nurses kept us at ease, brought my son stickers and bubbles and by the end, he thought it was a treat that he went there. Pure joy!”

Congratulations to Boston Children’s at Waltham, celebrating 10 years of care in the community.

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Our patients’ stories: Treating “all” of Courtney’s headaches

left to right: Alyssa Lebel MD, patient Courtney Macari, Victoria E. Karian, RN, MSN, CPNP, and Lori McDonald-Nolan, RN

School can be hard for any kid, but do you know what it’s like to be in class with really bad headaches that make you want to go home every day, or just not get out of bed? That was my life for some time, until Boston Children’s Hospital helped me get better.

My name is Courtney Macari, and I am 12 years old. When I was only five I had a traumatic brain injury. One day when the whole class was out in the playground, a boy ran into me, bouncing me into the playground slide. When I got up off the ground all of my friends told me that I had a huge bump on the left side of my face. I went to the teacher and told her what had happened, so she sent me to see the nurse. The nurse looked at me and then called my dad, Reggie, to take me to the hospital. At the emergency room the doctors told us that I had a concussion and sent me home. Hours later I had a terrible headache and severe vomiting, so we went back to the emergency room. On that second hospital trip my mom, Nancy, my dad and I were told the worst news—I had a bleed in my brain and needed to be taken in an ambulance to Boston Children’s.

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