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3. Calle has a visit from a visiting nurse to check her blood. She refuses to use a numbing cream when the nurse accesses her port. Rachael stays calm as Calle cries out in pain. For each contact with the nurse, temperature taking, blood pressure checking, cleaning the port, and the actual blood draw, Rachael offers Calle a coupon for the Build A Bear store. In the last six months of Calle’s life, the house never seemed to be empty. Friends and strangers dropped by with an offer to wash windows, drop of toys, cook meals, or hold Calle’s hand when she had her port cleaned.