At Memorial Sloan Kettering, the rooms on the Pediatric floor are shared. This was an adjustment for us, but we ended up meeting some amazing parents and kiddos who we could relate to on a very specific level. I do believe that shared rooms are hard for these kids who are going through so much to then have strangers just a curtain away during times of vulnerability. However, they are resilient!
Sophi's roommate was having a very hard time with a procedure that is generally easy and quick, but this time was hard and taking a long time. Her roommate was in pain and scared, it was hard to listen to. We put headphones on Sophi and had her listen to the Disney Pandora station and hoped it would be over soon for everyone involved.
A few days later I was feeling out if she had any lasting questions/effects from listening to a friend in pain and she said, "Mommy, I prayered for her. I didn't know what to do, and I know a lot of people prayered for me, so I thought it was the right thing to do."