I loved watching Star Trek when I was a kid – especially the original version. The quirky stiff-legged aliens that looked like they were made of cardboard with some fancy metallic spray paint were hilarious. My favorite part of all though is the “beam me up Scotty” ability to move a person instantly from one place to another. I actually fantasize about this possibility on a rather frequent basis. Sadly, no matter how far advanced our Sci-Fi movies have gotten, we still can’t suddenly be physically present with one another at the push of a button.
However, you can either send mail to the hospital or to the Ronald McDonald House where I have a room – either way it should get to us, but be sure to put Allistaire Anderson on anything you send (rather than Jai Anderson):
Hospital Address: Seattle Children’s Hospital, Attention: Allistaire Anderson, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Ronald McDonald House Address: Allistaire Anderson, 5130 40th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Yet, there are many of you who are close enough to get in your cars and drive on over. For those of you interested in visiting, here’s what you need to know:
1. YOU CANNOT BE SICK Please take this very seriously. Allistaire and the other kids on her unit have very low to non functioning immune systems which cannot fight sickness very well. In fact, when you enter her unit you will be required to sign a form stating you are not sick. We love you but please wait for another time when you are well.
2. Visiting Hours are from 8am – 8pm – but of course it would be best if you could call me ahead to make sure it is a good time. Too many people at once or a rough day might make a particular time not such an enjoyable visiting experience. You can also call the front desk to our unit and be connected to our room phone – Call (206) 987-2032 and ask to be connected to Allistaire’s room.
3. We are at Seattle Children’s Hospital: 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
4. When you turn into Children’s Hospital the easiest place to park is either in Lot 1 immediately on your left for family and visitors or the parking lot on your immediate right which requires you to either take the stairs or elevator up to the River Entrance. If for some reason both of these lots are full you can also park in the Ocean Parking and enter through the Ocean Entrance.
5 Bring your Driver’s License/Valid ID. You will be required to provide this in order to receive a name badge and enter the hospital.
6. Regardless of what entrance you use, there is a greeter desk where you get your badge and you can ask to be directed to the Cancer/SCCA Unit on Forrest 7. If you want to venture on your own, come in the River entrance and follow signs to the Frog Elevators. Take them to the 7th floor, turn immediately to your left and then to your left again, walk a few feet forward and you will see a ridiculously long hallway off to your right – head down to the Forest section of the hospital. The entry to the cancer unit is to the right of the Owl elevators.
7. Once you enter the SCCA Unit you will be expected to Purell your hands again and check in with the Front Desk Unit Coordinator. She will let us know we have visitors.
Sten and Jai- Jon and I heard about Allistaire from Bjorn and wanted to let you know that we are praying and following your blog to know how we can specifically pray each day. You are very much on our hearts right now.
Jon and Tracy Montoya
Thanks Tracy – we really appreciate all the love and support and of course your prayers
Sten and Jai…Just wanted you to know that we will be praying for your family. We know it will be a long road and will pray for strength and perserverance. Thank you for sharing specific ways to pray we’ll look at them regularly and take them before the Lord. Much love, Jessica Bussell (used to be wood).
Thanks of your prayers. That means so much to us! I’ll be sure to make sure Sten reads what you wrote 🙂
Jai- hey its Lauren from BSF! We are praying for you and your family now. If theres anyway we can help, meals…etc. please let us know. I can start a schedule or something. I loved seeing your face at BSF and loved being in group with you last year. Thank you for starting a blog, its great to stay updated with you!
Lauren – I’m so glad you somehow found me/the blog. I have thought of you and Hallie and wished to let you know what was going on but wasn’t sure how to. I miss Tuesday mornings and seeing you and little miss Presley. I hope you are well! It looks like getting a website set up to organize help is underway and at some point in the near future there’ll be a link on the blog. I pray you would be spurred on in your faith knowing more of our great high priest as you are studying Hebrews.
Lisa ( from our bsf group last year) let us know at bsf on tues. I was so thankful she did! I told Erin, ( she joined our group later last year,…and goes to my church) also and you are definitely in our prayers. Praise God it was not in her spinal fluid!! What a blessing! Praying for strength for you today and a good time at the nutcracker!
Jai and Sten,
I have not written until today because words just seem inadequate to express my emotions which are overwhelming. I clearly remember the vociemail Jai left on my phone after my breast cancer diagnosis. It was the most sincere and precious message I received and I saved it for months! It made me cry with sadness but also with joy knowing you cared for me that much. I don’t have any profound statements or answers for you guys, but I simply and sincerely want to say: I’m so very sorry. My heart aches knowing how difficult this is for you all. I love you all so much, and I pray for unexplainable peace & strength and for unexpected laughter.
Oh Kellie – I love you so much and your sweetness that I have always cherished so much is very evident in your words. Thank you for your empathy and prayers. We love you and David so much!
Jai!!! Great info… you’re a pro at the blog gig! 🙂 You always give the best info (medical, humor, logistics, protocol, etc. It’s so so so helpful for those of us who wish we could be there at every turn.
And, of course, I think and pray all the time… you’re on my heart non-stop. 🙂
(imagine me singing Rod Stewart’s ‘You’re in my heart, You’re in my soul . . ‘ )
Hi Sten and Jai,
Along with a million other people, please know that Ty and I are also praying. We are keeping up with your blog. The pictures are amazing. We confess that we don’t understand all the “scienctific explanation” of what is going on, but we are sure glad God does! Your steadfast faith is an encouragement to us!
We love you!
Jeanie and Ty
Jeanie – Thank you for your prayers. I know you have always been faithful to pray for Sten and now us. I thank God for your dear sweet heart.