Gifts for Therapists

Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists – are your lives as full of therapies as ours are? If your family has a therapist who has made a difference in your lives and you wish to express your appreciation with a gift, we’ve gathered some ideas for you!

Everyone Deserves a Voice Bracelet

metal bracelet with stamped tags

Perfect for your favorite speech therapist, this bracelet acknowledges the role he or she has played in your or your loved one’s life – giving them a voice. $19

I Teach Kids To Talk Back tumbler

A white tumbler with words

This funny tumbler is perfect for a speech therapist with a sense of humor. $27

Wash Your Darn Hands!

A vinyl hand santizer holder with the plague doctor and Wash Your Darn Hands!

I know all of my kiddo’s therapists were big hand-washing advocates long before all this pandemic stuff happened – and what therapist doesn’t need their own personal bottle of santizier? $11

You Make a Difference tag

Stamped metal keychain.

Nice for any therapist, this tag lets them know they’ve made a difference in your life. $24

Thanks for Helping me Grow Keychain

This is a neat little keychain for an OT – the same shop also has one for a PT $6

PT Journey of a Thousand Miles Keychain

And a similar keychain for a PT, complete with a tiny dumbell! $9

Gifts for Nurses

Does your family have a special nurse or two? Maybe you or your loved one started dialysis this year, so you’ve relied upon your dialysis nurse for support and education. Or maybe you have a home nurse who’s really made a difference in your life. Maybe you’ve got a favorite floor nurse who’s in your file as a permanent request any time you’re admitted. Looking for a way to show your appreciation, but need some ideas? Well I am here to help!

Personalized, Stamped Stethoscope ID Tag

Pink Stethoscope with a metal, stamped tag.

These are adorable. They are hand-stamped and slip right around your favorite nurse’s stethoscope. $9.00

Organ Hand Sanitizer Holders

A group of hand sanitizer holders with different organs, like kidneys, lungs, etc.

Personalizable with a name, our organ sanitizers are great for nurses in specialty clinics. We can also make them with initials instead of organs! $12 at Wallypop.

Personalized Badge Reel

Resin Badge Reel that's sparkly pink with initals LPN.

These are available in a range of colors and patterns, and can be personalized with your favorite nurse’s initials, or her professional designation. $9.50

Wine Glass

Wine Glass with Vinyl lettering with a prescription for wine.

This wine glass cracked me up when I happened across it. If your nurse enjoys wine after work, this might be the perfect gift. $10.50

Personalized Heartbeat Keychain

embroidered red vinyl with a heart and a heartbeat with an initial

Personalize this keychain with your nurse’s initial. Can be made in any color – or even sparkly if that’s what you prefer. Show your nurse that you appreciate her or his heart. $7

Personalized Water Bottle

Lidded, insulated cups in three colors with a stethoscope and name in vinyl

I don’t know any nurse who doesn’t carry a water bottle with them. Show your nurse your appreciation with these personalized, insulated, reusable cups. About $17.

Gifts for your Doctors

I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I should get a gift for our main doctors at the end of every year. Just a way to thank them for keeping my kid alive for another year, an acknowledgement of their time and effort. But I also sometimes struggle with ideas. I spent some time combing through the internet to find the best doctor gifts in a variety of price ranges so you wouldn’t have to!

Personalized Hanger for their Coat

image of coat hanger with the horizontal part being wire bent into the shape of a doctor's name.

I think this hanger is completely amazing and it’s only $25-26. Obviously, you can’t spend this on every doctor, but if your family has a doctor that’s special to you, this is a thoughtful and practical gift.

Organ Hand Sanitizer Holders

A group of hand sanitizer holders with different organs, like kidneys, lungs, etc.

Obviously I love these, since I make them, but *they are so awesome.* Most of the hand sanitizer holders we’ve sold have been purchased as gifts for doctors – whether that’s a GI doctor, a cardiologist, a nephrologist, etc. These are also personalizable with a name or short phrase on the back. $12 at Wallypop.

Shot Glass

Shot glass with lettering that says Doctors Need Shots Too.

You’d need to know enough about your doctor to know whether this gift would be appreciated – but so many of us medical families do get to know our doctors pretty well over the years. If you’ve got a doctor who like a shot of whiskey (or whatever) at the end of the day, this shot glass is pretty funny. $9 on Amazon

Personalized Figurine

a clay doctor figurine.

This shop also makes female doctor figurines! I just had to pick one photo, and this page loaded faster in my browser, lol. These are adorable. You let the artist know skin, hair, eye color, hairstyle, etc., and she makes a custom clay figurine just for you. About $58.

Organ Ornaments

embroidered christmas ornaments, white circles with a heart, a kidney, or lungs

These are also available in other organs – Brain and Uterus – and they can be personalized on the back with a year, a date, or a name. (Or really, anything.) $10

Wearing our Pixie Style Scrub Caps

Since we’ve been getting a ton of orders for our scrub caps for women with longer hair, I thought I’d throw together a quick blog post that walks you through putting it on, in case you are confused when you get it.   (want one? Get them here.)

The cap looks giant when it arrives. Don’t panic.

Start off with a tidy ponytail or bun for your hair. Don’t be like me. I had the messiest mess back there. It was a disaster.

Find the front center – it’s more or less opposite the back. 🙂

Put that part up to your forehead.

Smooth it around over your ears. Is it wierding you out that the letters are backwards? I couldn’t figure out how to flip the image in my image editing program.

I like to hold the cap at the place where the ribbons come out with one hand and the ribbons with the other hand and pull snug at this point. Don’t be me – tuck that hair up inside.

Make a knot. (Note: My cap is made just a smidge different from the ones I sell – it’s looser here at the bottom because it does NOT have the same elastic placement as the ones I sell. I made that design change after I made this cap and gave away the second round of samples…)

At this point, you may finish off with a bow.

Or you can pull those ribbons back up over your ponytail. (OK, but don’t wear a ponytail in the middle of your head for this like I am. Obviously this photo shoot was super impromptu and not thought out. Also, sorry I’m tilting my head down…)

And tie a bow on top of your ponytail.

My goodness, I’m sloppy.

Thriving on Home SubQ Infusions for your Child

Have you just learned that you will need to start home subcutaneous infusions with your child? Are you new to home infusion? It can feel overwhelming and scary, but you’ll soon find the process isn’t difficult and it’s easier, cozier, and less germy than dragging your kid to the hospital or clinic for infusions!

We were recently able to switch back to home subcutaneous (subq) infusions after doing in-hospital IV infusions for 6-8 months. While I didn’t mind letting someone else do all the work for a change, having to drive 4 hours round trip and spend several hours in the infusion suite on a regular basis was getting pretty old. We’re both happy to be back on home infusions!

Starting home infusions can feel intimidating at first but, like everything else, it’ll soon become routine. Here are our top tips for learning and thriving on home subq infusions.

1. Do it the same time, every time.

I don’t know about you, but I thrive on routine. I am less likely to make mistakes or forget things when I do them the same time, every time. I set things up in the same room, in the same place. I get out the supplies, look them over, sort them the same way every time (things I need to get ready for the infusion, things I need for the actual stick, things I need for wrapping up the infusion), etc. And I do the process exactly the same way, every time. The more routine it becomes, the less likely I am to forget something important.

I don’t need to for infusions, but if it’s helpful, write out the steps in a way that makes sense to you and set it where you can see it while you prepare. Your infusion supply company, or the manufacturer of your infusion medications, probably supplies some sort of training materials that include a checklist, as well, but feel free to write your own if theirs don’t work for you. Just don’t leave anything out!!

2. Put it on your calendar.

Schedule your infusion day like you schedule everything else. We have a lot of flexibility as far as what time of day we can do my son’s infusions, but we still need to do them on the same day every week, so I have it in my calendar as any other appointment. It not only ensures I don’t forget, but also helps to make sure we don’t overschedule on that day and end up infusing at midnight or something.

3. Set up code words or mantras

I don’t mean code words, like using baby names for the process. I don’t personally believe there’s any benefit to making up innocent sounding substitutes for medical words. (Like nurses sometimes say “arm hug” instead of “blood pressure.” That’s idiotic IMO.) We call the infusion an infusion, and the needle a needle, but our code word (or phrase) is “it’ll hurt for just a minute, then it’ll feel better.” He needs me to say this every time. He will ask every time. “How long will it hurt?” and I am to respond “it’ll hurt for just a minute, then it’ll feel better.” We have a few little call-and-response tidbits like that we use for various medical things – it’s like a mantra that’s reassuring both for the information as well as for the predictability.

4. Have a preferred activity, snack, drink, or treat

Subcutaneous infusions involve a fair amount of sitting around with a needle stuck in you. I usually offer up a treat of some sort. A movie or TV show of his choosing, a device he wants to play on, an activity he likes to do, a sibling to come play with him while he sits, stories of his choosing. A special snack. If I did infusions on myself, I’d sure set myself up with a snack, drink, and preferred activity!

5. Figure out what time of day works best

Though we’ve done infusions at other times as necessary, we eventually figured out that doing infusions right before bedtime was ideal. He’s already winding down, the routine of getting into bed and being still was already established, but being allowed to watch TV or play on devices is enough of a treat to make it seem special. Maybe Saturday mornings work best for your family. Or some afternoon after school. If you homeschool, perhaps starting an infusion at the start of the school day would work best. Play around and figure out what works best for your family.

6. Find a comfy spot

Let your kiddo pick where they want to be for their infusion. We usually do infusions in the bedroom, which is comfy and where all our supplies are located, but occasionally we’ve done them in front of the Xbox, lol, and sometimes in the family room while we all watch a movie together. He’s the one who has to sit there, so he gets to pick where to go.

7. Play Therapy

Ask your supply company to send some extra tubing and dressing so your child can give a toy an infusion or two – either before you get started, or while you do his infusion, or after you finish up. Teddy likes to wrap up each infusion by giving several of his favorite stuffed animals their own infusions, and we keep a box of supplies for this purpose.

What ways have you found to thrive on home subq infusions?