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Tufts Floating Hospital for Children & The Toughlings

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My oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, has had FOUR concussions from volleyball. Who knew it was such a dangerous sport? After the four concussion, my close friend, Alison Foley, the Boston College Women’s Soccer Head Coach, told me we needed to find a concussion specialist for my daughter. I had no idea that such a doctor even existed!

volleyball injury

My daughter is the libero, a defense specialist. She’s in white.

On the day of my daughter’s appointment for a concussion specialist, we ended up at several of Boston’s hospitals, hopelessly confused, going to wrong location after wrong location. We started off in Longwood which was incorrect. The front desk concierge directed us to the South End. I ended up at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center which was an  amazing facility, but I was only able to admire it briefly because, again, I was in the wrong spot. Had I known about their Pediatric Concussion Care Program, I could have just stayed put.

Strength is contagious.

It’s been a long road to recovery for my daughter who has been quite stoic throughout it all. Many kids with serious illnesses also have this upbeat attitude. Floating Hospital’s “You Don’t Have to Be Big to Be Strong” video makes me emotional, but I can understand it’s why the doctors, nurses and staff work so hard, similar to our experience, in which they go above and beyond on a daily basis. It’s for the kids …

“They love without limit, so we fight without compromise.”

I love The Toughlings at Floating Hospital – a group of animals who are small but mighty, just like Floating Hospital kids. They remind patients that they’re big and strong. They can be found in the elevator banks throughout the hospital and stickers are available for patients in clinics. Their names are Buff – a badger, Elbo – an octopus, Mica – an ant, Cozi – a turtle, and Sage – an owl.

Toughlings, New England Floating Hospital

It’s this kind of child-friendly environment that helps kids feel strong when they might be scared. Floating Hospital has other amazing programs for the kids they serve:

  • Mini-horse visits to the inpatient floors monthly
  • Pet therapy dogs
  • Child Life Services: Helping children deal with the stress of hospitalization through play.
  • Services including tutoring, overnight privileges for parents, support groups, and play.

“Around here, there’s one group that’s tougher than all of us.”

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To learn more about Floating Hospital’s “You Don’t Have To Be Big To Be Strong,” see their website or follow them on Facebook.

How about you? Do you have a doctor or hospital that has really impressed you? Please share!


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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Concussions are scary and I never thought about them from volleyball. I’m glad your daughter has a great team of specialists to work with, and what an awesome hospital! We have two great children’s hospitals here in Indianapolis, but thankfully I’ve never had to use them. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I’m so glad your daughter is doing better! I find that most children’s hospitals are incredible.
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