Hospital Clowning: Training Rounds #1

Wednesday, October 11th 2017


On this day I was privileged to follow these two extraordinary hospital clowns on their rounds at Boston Children’s Hospital:

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Drs. Bucket Buster and Mal Adjusted.

After getting ready,

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filling up on bubble solution…

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connecting with your partner…

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and summoning the Clown Within…








It’s time for bright lights in the big city.

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And to pull over immediately for photos:

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As we make the rounds, every protocol on every floor is followed, nothing is presumed and every entrance to a room is plied ever so gently:

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Clowning in the elevators and hallways is *almost* as ubiquitous as washing hands:


This day was anomalously interesting in several ways including;

  1.  It was National Coming Out Day, and I got some information, stickers and a my own beautiful new rainbow Children’s Hospital lanyard:

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2.  A giant fly was loose in the hospital a nurse, a rabbi and a social worker flailed around their office trying to kill it, entertaining the clowns for a change:

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3.  Dr. Mal helped herself to the flu clinic, with an assist by Dr. Bucket Buster:

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Look out behind you Dr. Mal !

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Ah, nothing to worry about.  









4.  All this excitement required a lunchtime nap for Dr. Bucket Buster.

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(Pardon the invasion of your personal time Dr. Bucket Buster, butt…           I just think you’re wise and wonderful.)


Good thing she napped too because no sooner did we round a corner than one of the hospital workers flew into a frenzy upon seeing her, challenging her to some ritualized pirate duel dance or something, which melted into hugs (not shown here).

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The amount of joy this lady exuded at seeing her FAVORITE CLOWN IN THE WORLD was frankly incredible.

The overall degree to which the clowns are beloved by the staff and the amount of spirit lifting that happens- is inescapable.

There is a lot more that happened on this day, but only so much one little clown heart can process at a time.  So before I squeak on out of here and I just have to say; THANK YOU Drs. Mal & Bucket Buster for showing me around on my first hospital clown training day!







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