New to Area...son with Leukemia

Updated on January 26, 2008
L.K. asks from Virginia Beach, VA
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My son has been receiving treatment for leukemia at MCV for over 2 years now. We have recently located to Virginia Beach...no family, no friends...very scary. We are considering treatment at Kings Daughters, but know nothing about it and our son is very reluctant to change clinics. Any help...connections...thoughts would be so appreciated. I have heard wonderful things about Kings Daughters, but want my son to feel comfortable. Feel free to visit his web page at www.caringbridge.org/visit/aaronkarvellas
Thank you so much for your thoughts!!! And if possible putting us in touch with other families.

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H.W.

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Hi L., my name is H. and I live in the area. My heart goes out to you. I want you to know that Kings Daughters is a wonderful facility. My stepson and cousin received treatment there when they were young. My stepson had 3 open heart surgeries and had extensive care. Your son will be in good hands.

Virginia Beach is a great place. I've moved away 3 times and have come back. Hope this helps!

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C.C.

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L.,
Welcome to Va Beach. It's going on three since my husband duty satation changed and it ok. I have heard many people from this area say that "its a nice place or they save a child close to them life". Good luck on getting use to the area and Lil Aaron story is very touching so I wanted to tell he to beleive in God and he can do anything he wants to do. I will end this note since I haven't had any personal experience with the hospital. May God continue to touch you family in many ways.

C.
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A.H.

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Welcome to VA Beach! Our 5 yr old daughter has a heart condition- diagnosed at 5 weeks. CHKD has taken excellent care of her from the very beginning- I wouldn't take our children anywhere else. They not only take great care of their patients, they take great care of parents as well. I am not familiar with MCV, but I am certain that they will make sure that his time spent there, while not always a pleasant experience, will be the best that they can give him.

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J.W.

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my name is J. and I live in Deep Creek (Chesapeake,Va) so we probably live only minutes away from one another. CHKD is awesome! Until last night I never had to admit my girls or go to the ER but had taken my daughter there for a doctor app (hearing check). LAst night my daughter ahd the 12 hr flu bug that is going around here. She ahs never been throw up sick before really, other than throwing up one time and that was it. She threw up off and on from 4pm until we wnt to CHKD. We went becasue I talked to the doctor on call in her office and told them that she wasn't keeping anything down-even a teaspoon of pedialite. They told me to go for fluids. I was scared to deaht but we left at 10:45, just me and NAtlaie (my husband stayed home wiht my 1 year old). It wasn't busy and we were in an ER room within 30 minutes upon arrival. We had a tv in our room and NAltie got to name a movie she wanted to watch and they put it on. She was dehydrated and still vomitting so they gave her an anti-nausea pill, waited 20 minutes and gave her juice and pedialite mixed. That pill was awesome-they did not have to give her an IV. They were very thourough I thought in asking questions, talking to NAtlaie, making her feel as good as possible under the circumstances. They even let her keep the sippy cup her juice was in. She calls it her "special cup" and she even wanted to bring her hospital nightgown home so they let her (of course it ahs been washed/etc by now). Anyway, 3 hours in the ER made an amazing difference! She still is not eating much, but she is drinking and feeling better. I was very pleased wiht our ER experience and how they catered to my daughter. I am sure that they are very familiar with adjusting to changes and new places since they see so many children. After last night I feel confident telling you that I really believe they will be wonderful wiht your son. (A side note: they are so well known in our area and most people have them on thier "on call" list. The doctor on call told me to go to CHKD becasue, although a little further away for me then Chesapeake General, the doctor told me that CHKD was the only hospital they could guarentee would have space available to admit my daughter to a room at any given time or on any given day if that was needed. Also, my daughter had Nemo thorax when she was born and had to ahve a little procedure done in the chest cavity. Her pediatrician had CHKD on call during the procedure so that if they were needed they could get her and take her right away. They were not needed but while it was scary they ahd to have them on call it was comforting to know they were there.)

I hope I have helped and that I have not been to long winded. If you want to get in touch wiht me about anything-the area, a playdate,etc please feel free to E-mail me: [email protected]____.com put that you are from mamasource in the subject so I won't delete it.

Thanks, have agreat day.

J.

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J.H.

answers from Norfolk on

Hi L.. Welcome to Virginia Beach! I just want to echo the other Moms' sentiments about CHKD. My son has had neurological issues since before birth and continuing after and he has had EXCELLENT care at CHKD. It really is a wonderful facility and I know that children from all over the world go there for treatment. I know it is scary, but I think you can feel comforted by having such a wonderful children's hospital in your back yard! Good luck. My family's prayers are with you and yours. Hugs to Aaron.

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S.W.

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Hi L. welcome to the area. Change is hard I know this becasue we are a military family so we get to change alot too. CHKD is full of wonderful and caring nurses and doctors. My daughter is 4 years old and was born with a hole in her heart or ASD. She had the surgery to correct this when she was 2. I could not ask for a better hospital for her to be at. The were so kind and caring. They understand the needs of children and also the parents during difficult times. When ever my daughter had to have an ultrasound after the surgery to be sure the device hadnt slipped they would put her in a wagon and take her to the different areas. She loved riding in the wagon. They brought her teddy bears to cuddle and toys,books, and movies to play with while staying in the hospital. They are just great. I recommend them. I would choose them again in the future for care of my sick child. I hope this helps and that you and your son feels more at ease as time passes.

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S.M.

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L., Hi, I live on the Peninsula in Hampton, but I just wanted to wish you a happy welcome to the area. I am blessed to have 2 healhy kids, but I also know how hard it is to make new friends for you and the kids. If you need something or just want to talk, let me know, VA beach is never too far when it is for a friend!!!

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