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Patients who go through a bone marrow transplant, experience isolation from many aspects of their social life. The need to protect themselves from infections requires families to remain home, avoid crowded areas including large social gatherings and children are not allowed to attend school. This results in families doing school at home, never attending social functions, not visiting public areas and only having one or two visitors at a time in their home. This type of lifestyle occurs over a span of one to two years for some families. As one can image, friends can become distant and patients begin to feel like life is happening around them and not with them.
In 2016 a small group of staff, child life specialist, nurse practitioners and social workers, decided to change that for the teen patients by hosting a teen lock-in. After the success of the first lock-in, a larger team with in the bone marrow transplant group began to develop other social events for the families. In March of 2017, the bone marrow transplant team held their 2nd annual teen lock-in at Texas Children’s Hospital. This year’s event had 14 teen participants and quite a few staff. The event was filled all night and into the wee hours of the morning with activities and food. The event had a gaming truck, team building activities, a visit from the Mad Science, hospital “Selfie Scavenger Hunt” and several other group games.
Hosting social gatherings for bone marrow transplant patients give them an opportunity to develop new friends, to feel “normal” and to spend, if even for just one night, time to not worry about all that medical stuff. As quoted by one participant “ If this lock-in happens again next year, I am coming back.” The lock-in would not have been possible without the gracious donations from His Grace Foundation, Faulk Foundation, Riley’s Cause and Stuff the Sleigh.