The second was that we weren't going to have to watch our baby strapped to a table that gets turned on its side while she screams herself hoarse during the procedure - they had a machine that moved above her, while she lay unrestrained on a table. Very cool. Results to be discussed on Friday.
The first cool surprise was this guy:Didn't get the best picture with my phone. He's a college-aged guy with a cart of instruments. He had guitars, drums, xylophones, and shakers. He parked in the already well-outfitted waiting room for 2 hours and makes music with the kids. He sang with them, encouraged them to try various instruments, just had a ball with them. This is his thing: then he goes to another department and does the same with those kids. The kids ate it up. I ate it up. I wished we'd have brought our "active" three year-old along for the hour-long wait for the baby's procedure, that's how cool it was.
I don't know if this is standard, I don't frequent children's hospital waiting rooms, thank God, but I was just plain impressed. The children were spellbound, actively engaged, and not bugging their parents - or zoning out in front of the TV.
This goes under both the category headings "This is why you go to CHOP", and "This is why Music is invaluable".