What I was most surprised with was how nice everybody was! From the moment I landed until I took off again, I thought everyone was so helpful all around. Unfortunately when I arrived in Houston, it was already pretty late so I wasn't able to really get to check out the area or the city. The only place I visited was Texas Children's Hospital and I was absolutely blown away by the insanity of this facility. First of all, it is HUGE!!! Texas Children's is the largest children's hospital in the United States with over 600 beds.....all for only kids!
|A giant tower with over 20 floors!!|
|Nighttime view. So colorful!|
At the end of my day at Texas Children's, we were played a short YouTube clip made by the camera crew at TCH showing the fight of the children as they battled various diseases and disabilities. It brought a few tears to my eye and some of my peers were just short of sobbing by the time the clip finished! The song was to Rachel Plattens - Fight Song
After my visit here, I flew straight out of Houston and into Dallas, a city that I've been wanting to visit so badly since I was 12. Why? Because, the Dallas Mavericks. I drove by American Airlines Center and nearly had a heart attack since the Mavs were playing a game that night and I was literally right next door. Also, the most prettiest arena EVERRRR. Once more, blown away. I fell in love with the city even though I mostly only saw downtown and even then, only specific parts of it. Plus: the hotel had free happy hour AND (the most important part) free milk + cookies at night. I'm in love.
What is it about Texas that everything has to be so big? Children's Medical Center of Dallas is the 6th largest pediatric hospital but when I saw it, it was monstrous! Humongo! It towered over everything else in the area and at night, with its bright lights, it was so visually stunning. The super adorable balloon logo is perhaps the cutest children's hospital logo I've seen yet.
|This building is practically a giant looming fortress!|
|One of the coolest backgrounds ever. The GIANT eye housed in downtown Dallas!|
After having the lucky opportunity to tour both of these major hospitals, I found myself once again so happy to be going into Pediatrics. Do adult hospitals ever get to look this amazing? Are adult hospitals decorated with colorful walls and pictures along the hallways? I'm just going to say no.
And there you have it, yet another reason to go into Peds :)