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One of my favorite interactions would probably be with a 3yo patient who was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and was being treated in the CICU. She underwent a heart transplant the week before, and I wanted to check in and see how she was progressing. This particular patient really enjoyed spending time with people and loved doing arts and crafts, so I wanted to have something prepared, but also knew that she may not be up for it, given that she'd just had a major surgery. When I arrived at her room, she was clearly very weak and somewhat tired. I still presented the activity to her, just in case she wanted to participate, but she shook her head "no." I tried to come up with different activities that she may be more interested in that would still allow her to rest, such as reading or singing songs to her, which from previous interactions, I knew she really enjoyed. It wasn't until I offered her her baby doll that I got a response. I asked if she needed to give her baby doll a bath, and she indicated "yes." So, we spent some time playing with her baby doll and I would gently help the patient grasp the washrag or baby's brush. She began smiling, and the nurse said it was the first time she'd really attempted to talk since her transplant. I really enjoyed this interaction because it kind of took me "back to basics" and really reinforced how play is so powerful for patients. It was also likely the first sense of normalcy she'd had since surgery, and I was grateful to be a part of it.