We came to Children's Hospital because my 6-year-old son, J, was having multiple seizures. He had been diagnosed with Doose Syndrome a few years back, which is a severe and rare epileptic disorder, and was having a flare-up of seizures. We were admitted from ER around midnight. The next day we woke up and Michael was our nurse. He ended up being our nurse all the days we were there. Not only did he listen raptly to anything we were telling him, but he was also amazingly fun and kind-hearted. He took time to play J's made-up game "crash the football into the shaky thing." He sat on the floor with J and interacted with him at his level. As J started to do a little better, he was encouraging and excited with us, as if he was thoroughly invested in J's recovery. Besides just being a cool and fun guy, he made the medical parts of the stay easy to endure like checking his IV lead or watching to see how his seizures were progressing. He spent time figuring out what was going on with the seizures and paid attention to them so he would know them. We felt listened to and looked forward to Michael coming back on the day shift. Even at the end of his shift, Michael was upbeat with a smile on his face. He never made it seem like we were just another patient - we definitely felt a little like family when we were discharged. It made a difficult experience - where our neurologist downgraded his epilepsy to a slightly worse prognosis of Lennox-Gestalt - seem less devastating. We hope that any future stays at Children's neuro unit, Floor 5, in St. Paul will include Michael.
Michael Aliperto, MS-HSA, BSN, RN
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Michael sat on the floor with J and interacted with him at his level. As J started to do a little better, he was encouraging and excited with us, as if he was thoroughly invested in J's recovery.