I need ideas for helping a toddler through four to six months of chemotherapy.
Two weeks ago, my 21 month old daughter was suddenly diagnosed with a large brain tumour, which has since been completely removed surgically. A few days from now, she will start chemotherapy. While much depends on how well she tolerates the drugs, the schedule for the chemo is expected to be: four days of administering drugs; several days of close monitoring, then two weeks at home. This makes a three week session, which will be repeated six times, making a four to six month course.
I am looking for ideas on how to keep a toddler as amused and happy as possible through this lengthy ordeal. Ideas for absorbing, distracting games or stories would be very welcome. She enjoys word games, songs like "itsy bitsy spider" and nonsense rhymes. She likes to look at pictures of animals and is in love with the television show "In the Night Garden
", which like the teletubbies, has little dialogue and simple plots.
She can scroll around on an iphone and look at pictures and some simple iphone games might be in her reach, so suggestions of toddler apps would also be welcome, or other computer games. Both active and passive activities will be needed. Obviously, she can't read or write or use a keyboard.
I have no problem keeping her happy and amused under normal circumstances but we will need a lot more arrows in our quiver for the intense times to come when I expect she will often be feeling poorly. Any idea, no matter how small
, which could entertain or distract her for even five minutes would be well worth it to me, and ideas stemming from personal experience would be especially welcome. Thanks in advance. Cute overload from last month here.