The Value of Family- and Patient-Centered Care

December 8, 2014 5:48 PM

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It had been such a great day; one of those rare times between treatment courses when our son was well enough to be home for a few days. We knew the conditions: If he developed a fever, even a slight one, we would have to return to the hospital immediately. We all kept our fingers crossed and enjoyed our time together, hoping for the best.

By bedtime, I could tell his energy was depleted. He curled up in bed beside me and we watched a few of his favorite programs. I knew he was tired and would probably fall asleep quickly, but he didn't. As the night wore on, I tried most everything to help him settle down. Nothing seemed to work. I c...

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