Coping with Procedures

Mommy, I didn't cry but my eyes got bright.

—Four-year-old with ALL

the purpose of this chapter is to prepare both child and parent for several common procedures by providing detailed descriptions of each. Since almost all procedures are repeated frequently during the long treatment for childhood leukemia, it is important to establish a routine that is comfortable for you and your child. The procedure itself may cause discomfort, but a well-prepared, calm child fares far better than a frightened one.

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