Lurie Children's Hospital opens June 9th (you know this, right?)
I have heard a million commercials and seen a billion bus stops that have mentioned that the new Lurie Children's Hospital opens June 9th (props to their pr folks for a clear, concise and simple message). If I asked my three year-old when the new Lurie Children's Hospital opens, he would likely tell you "June 9th."  These people really did their job. I wanted to quickly post about the new hospital --- just to make sure that you all know that it opens on  . .. . . . . all together now . . . JUNE 9th. But also wanted to acknowledge that Chicago-area families are so flipping lucky to have this amazing resource right in our backyard. In my view, this resource is literally one of the very best things about raising kids in Chicago. Now, we are a generally healthy little family (thank goodness, knocking on wood). However, I have needed the services of the talented and kind folks at Children's Memorial many, many times. A short list:
  • A consult to determine whether my tongue-tied first-born needed surgery
  • Numerous blood tests for subsequent jaundice babies
  • Outpatient surgery for Brendan to have his adenoids removed and ear tubes placed
  • Emergency room visits for middle-of-the-night ear infections
  • Routine blood test for Colin's food allergies
  • A bloody, frantic emergency room visit to have Colin's head stitched up after a nasty fall
  • God only knows what is next.
And we are a pretty healthy family (I swear). I have been grateful to the expertise of the staff at this hospital many, many times. I know that many other families (facing far more dire circumstances) feel the same way. I feel better knowing that this resource is here when I need it (because we will certainly need them again). I missed the opportunity to attend the press tour a couple of weeks ago because I had a kid home sick from school (although I once again swear that we are a generally healthy family). However, my doctor friends who have seen the space say that it is totally mind-blowing. Please take a minute to read on so you are in-the-know about the fabulous new Lurie Children's Hospital (here's is hoping that you don't need it -- but you will be glad that it is there if you do)...