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Unread 07-21-2004, 07:33 PM
What to do with daughter

I have a 12 year old daughter and we're very close. I was wondering what I should do about having her visit while I'm in the hospital. I should only be there one night. My DH will be with me. I'm sure this has been discussed somewhere, but I couldn't find this exact issue. Does anyone have any advice for me. My surgery is scheduled for August 16 and I'm having a TVH (severe cramps, small fibroid, enlarged uterus and mother just had endometrial cancer).
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Unread 07-21-2004, 07:42 PM
What to do with daughter


When I had my TAH last year my son 14 at the time
and daughter 17 at the time both came to see me.
They didn't stay long maybe 30 to 40 minutes.It
cheered me to see them. If hospitals doesn't
bother her overly, it should be fine. I would ask
her. ALso if your husband wanted to call ahead
to see if you were up for visitors might be helpful.
Good luck!

Unread 07-21-2004, 07:44 PM
What to do with daughter

Thanks for the advice. I was leaning towards having her come for a short visit. I think it will ease her worries.
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Unread 07-21-2004, 07:57 PM
What to do with daughter

My DD was six when I had my surgery; my parents picked her up at school that day and each day after she came to visit after school. Now, both my DH and I work in hospitals (I had my surgery where I work) and my DD has been a patient herself, so the hospital is not a scary place for her. In fact, she seemed to enjoy it -- we don't have cable TV at home, so she was happy as a clam watching Nickelodeon while DH and I talked! Her only concern was the fact that the hospital was 30 miles from her home -- she was bored on the drive.

I think it is reassuring for them to see Mom after surgery. You can prep a child as to what they'll see (catheter, IV's, you being pale, etc.) but what they really want to assure themselves is that you're OK.

Good luck!

Unread 07-22-2004, 08:50 AM
What to do with daughter

My surgery is Aug 3, and I've talked to my DD about it (she's 11). I've told her that Ill be sleepy, tired, I'll have an IV and catheter, and I told her that she is not to sit on the hospital bed! LOL
The plan is for Dh to bring her for a short visit so she knows that all went well with the surgery and that I'm on the road to recovery.
Unread 07-22-2004, 12:45 PM
What to do with daughter

Two out of four of my children were there through most of it all. We live in a military town, and due to my DH being away for the six months pre op, I have been unable to meet friends here that could keep an eye on them while he visited in the hospital. The two that were with him, it seemed they were there every waking moment, are DD 3, and DS 5. DH brought them things to do...coloring books, crayons, toys,snacks, and of course the cartoons that were mentioned. They took breaks every once in a while, as well as to go get meals, but seemed to tolerate it very well. I think that they were all worried about me, and it was harder on the little ones (and possibly the big one too) to leave me than spending those long hours at the hospital. It lifted my spirits having them there. But if I felt that I needed "down" time, I would just let DH know. There little kisses, and hugs made everything seem so much better!

I think that those visits will help you both more than hurt! I wish you the best in your upcoming journey!


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