Hospitalized girl, nurse find simple way to interact during pandemic

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Nurse Jamie Gent, left, plays games with a young patient. Photo credit Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge

Being a hospital patient is not easy for anyone, but kids — especially kids in isolation being treated for COVID19 — may find it especially lonely.

A nurse at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge helped change that.

The 12-year-old patient, named Ana, was in isolation with coronavirus — and bored.

So, she asked her nurse Jamie Gent if they could play a game and write on either side of the glass panes of the door to her room.

Gent said yes.

“I didn’t have to wear my whole PPE outfit, so it was a little more intimate,” Gent said.

She and Ana played tic-tac-toe, dots and hangman.

“Hangman was difficult, as we had to right the words backwards so she could read it the right way, or the letters backwards. So, those three days I had her, we got really good at writing backwards words and backwards letters.”

Gent says Ana won most of the games.

And by the way, she’s home from the hospital now.