Jada’s Story: Living with hydrocephalus

Sep 30 2013

Jada Dandridge is a typical 13-year-old who loves fashion and dance. However, Jada has experienced much more in her 13 years than most adults. Jada was born prematurely, weighing just 1 lb. 12 oz. and was diagnosed early in life with hydrocephalus, a condition that causes a buildup of pressure on the brain. Although her condition worries Jada’s mother, Nicole, she takes comfort in her second family, the compassionate and cutting-edge neurosurgery team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). September is Hydrocephalus Awareness Month and we’re shedding light on the somewhat misunderstood condition. Hydrocephalus is characterized by cerebral spinal fluid (sometimes called brain water) not properly draining, causing pockets to enlarge and put pressure on the brain. “Some... View Article

Alexis’ Story: You Can and You Will

Sep 17 2013

Alexis Nichol was born three months premature, weighing only 1 pound, 15 ounces. She spent the first 72 days of her life in the NICU. Over the past six years, Alexis has been a patient at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) Brook Road Campus. The team of doctors, physical therapists and occupational therapsists at CHoR help Alexis manage living with spastic triplesic cerebral palsy. Alexis has been on campus a lot more frequently lately…but it isn’t to receive therapy. Alexis is on campus as a first year Junior Volunteer. CHoR offers volunteer programs for teens (ages 14-17) and adults. As a teen with a disability, Alexis easily relates to patients. On her first day, Alexis befriended Iceis, a... View Article

Life As a Resident

Sep 4 2013

What do baking and becoming a doctor have in common? A lot according to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU pediatric resident, Emily Godbout! “Instead of calculating and measuring the exact amount of almond flour necessary for a perfectly formed French macaroon, I suddenly found myself calculating sedation drips, morphine PCAs and carbohydrate to insulin ratios. Instead of adding lemon juice or powdered sugar to create various consistencies of royal icing, I was increasing and decreasing sugars and electrolytes in total parenteral nutrition for children with various, chronic conditions…” Hop on over to Emily’s resident life blog to learn more!