When I was a student studying Diagnostic Medical Sonography, I took my daughter out to my clinical site to practice scanning. She was so little at the time, only in Kindergarten. On our ride out, I explained to her that I would be taking pictures of her internal organs like her liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, the abdominal aorta, gallbladder and so on. She tried her best to understand but was excited because I made it sound like such an exciting exploration that most kids her age don’t get to see. She’s always been the kind of kid who looks and learns about things around her with a lot of wonder and curiousity. I was banking on her being the same way with this and not getting all squirmy once up on the table.
Once we said hello to the receptionist, letting her know I had permission to practice doing studies there after clinical hours, we headed for one of the ultrasound rooms. She looked around the room noticing how dim the lights were and then spotted the table she’d be laying on for mommy.
“OK, mama, I’m ready!” she said, lifting her shirt so her little budha belly was showing.
I explained to her that I would be tucking a towel under her shirt to keep it from getting messy from the gel and then tucking one over the top of her pants, too, for the same reason.
“Is the gel gonna be cold, Mommy?” she asked me inquisitively.
“No, the gel I put on your belly is warm because we keep in it in the warmer. And it smells like baby powder. Doesn’t that sound nice?” I asked.
She nodded her head and watched me as I squirted some on. Laying the transducer on her tickled at first apparently because she cracked up and tried to move her little body further away from me. To help her cooperate, I turned the screen so she could see and she loved that. She got a little lesson on anatomy that day and learned how cool her internal organs looked. Unfortunately, her fascination didn’t last as long as I hoped but I did get some more practice in and the consolation that everything looked perfectly normal inside her abdomin from my newbee perspective.