Andy is nervous. He is going to the hospital next week. He has to have surgery.
Andy has been getting very sore throats for the past few months. He has missed a lot of school. The doctor is going to take his tonsils out.
Dr. Jones is trying to make him feel less scared about the procedure. He tells Andy what is going to happen when he gets to the hospital.
"When you get to the hospital, you will have to check in," Dr. Jones says. "Your parents will fill out some forms. A nurse will take some measurements. She will take your temperature with a thermometer. Next, she will take your blood pressure. Have you ever had your blood pressure taken before?"
"No," Andy says.
"The nurse will wrap a big cuff around your arm. Then she'll pump it up so that it feels tight. She'll listen with her stethoscope while she lets the air out of the cuff. Then she'll write down the information. This only takes a few seconds, too," Dr. Jones tells Andy.
"It doesn't sound too bad so far," Andy says.
"The nurse will also listen to your heart and breathing. We will want to make sure you are healthy enough to have the surgery," Dr. Jones tells Andy. "If you want, you can have your mom or dad with you when these things are done. Sometimes that helps you to feel less nervous. It's sometimes scary to go through these things alone."Paragraphs 9 to 23:
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