It’s hard to you see your child upset or sad, and it’s even more difficult when all you can do is watch and feel powerless. This is how mother Julie Meyer Taylor felt when she watched her son being carried away farther and farther into a long hospital hallway.
Her son, Andrew was diagnosed with bone cancer. Julie stood helpless as he was being taken away for his first MRI test, yelling for her to rescue him.
And so for the next test, she requested that she and her husband be with him in the room. Still Andrew felt agitated and couldn’t calm down. Julie tried comforting him by rubbing his head and telling him everything was fine. But, it didn’t work.
That is, until her husband thought of turning the noisy and intimidating machines into something more exciting: “The mask is part of your spacesuit!” he told Andrew. The machines were part of Andrew’s spaceship, and he was visiting funny aliens who told jokes.
Since then, Andrew has been more accepting of his MRI tests because he knew that the tests and the masks and the scary machines were part of his space gear. It was a time machine to take him back in time to visit dinosaurs, or a spaceship to circle the Earth or travel space to Jupiter.
And the best part of the story? After 15 more MRIs, Andrew’s treatment has been a success and now his tests are all clear.