Activities for a teenager in hospital?
September 8, 2011 2:57 PM Subscribe
Ideas for keeping a 13-year old girl occupied / distracted while in a lot of pain during a 2 week hospital stay?
posted by valleys to health & fitness (38 answers total)
After a long and tortuous journey through the Ontario health care system my daughter will be admitted to hospital next week, for at least 1-2 weeks. She has chronic knee pain and they're hoping that an intensive physiotherapy program will get her out of the wheelchair and back on her feet. She'll likely suffer much worse pain before it gets better.
My wife and I are planning for at least one of us to be there with her all the time, and will get friends to visit whenever possible. She'll hopefully be getting counselling to help deal with the pain, but we know that distraction is a big part of that process as well.
What should we buy / bring with us. She has a DS (will get at least one new game) and an iPod. We'll have our laptops there for movies, Skype and internet. The hospital probably has video games that they can bring to her room. While she loves reading, she finds it hard to focus during bad pain.
So, other than the above... what would be good distractions for her? The above are all things she's comfortable with (and that she's been relying on over the past few months), but I'm thinking something new might be good for her to focus on, though her attention span may be limited during times of the worst pain.