The "plan for one to one and a half hours" pre-op appointment turned out to be FIVE. That is a long day for anyone, nevermind ants-in-the-pants Hollis. We saw 5 different liaisons: general health, anesthesia, neurosurgery, admissions and phlebotomy. Hollis still managed to have fun (thanks to Katie), and went on the playground and in the garden, and waved to everyone around. One of the most challenging things was to try and develop a pain scale for a kid who is non-verbal, and often throws a screaming tantrum over a band-aid on the arm. Hollis would definitely rather be spending her day at the beach.