By Heidi Glaus
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It doesn't matter how old you are, being in the hospital is never a joy ride, but if you're a kid, this bed is really boring. Not to mention the poking and prodding.
So, two years ago a team at St. Louis Children's Hospital decided to turn things up a notch.
"We thought what can we do that's kind of different for that demographic, like the tweens, the kids that are too cool to play bingo," Christy Merrell, a music therapist at St. Louis Children's Hospital explains.
"So we came up with Radio Snerdlich which is Children's spelled backwards," she goes on to say.
It's a radio show patients can tune into, call into, sing to and dance to.
"It's really great when you get a kid dancing with their IV pole you're like aghh, but they're having fun and they're being kids, it's really awesome," Merrell points out.
Of course all of this, the mics, the music, the make-shift on-air sign has a bigger purpose
"It's all about the kids and having fun and letting them be as normal as possibly can in an environment that is not normal," Merrell says.
Proving the people at St. Louis Children's Hospital treat the complete child, not just the part that is causing pain.