They have a bunch of Child Life Specialist at the hospital and they are basically there to play with the kids, bring them games, paints, crafts, whatever they need. Millie and I made this puppet from the supplies they provided for us.
In the process of being at the hospital Millie's hair turned into the biggest rats nest I have ever seen. It took 2 days and a deep conditioning to get it completely out. I was afraid it would make her hair come out but we have recently found out that it shouldn't for the next month. I wasn't sure if it would right away, we heard a few different things at first.
The Child Life Specialists also provide different dolls, books, or ideas to help the kids wrap their head around what is going on. We read Millie a couple different books about other kids with cancer and at the end she said, "mom, I don't want my hair to fall out". I cry even thinking about it. After that night her persona changed completely. Before we were able to cheer her up, get her to smile, and giggle. Once she knew about her hair she was heart broken. It was her icing on the cake. Now that we have officially been home a week and we are trying our hardest to make life "normal" for her. Today she painted (pictures to come) and yesterday she played dress up for a minute.