It Cant Hurt Forever by Marilyn SingerI read this book when I was very young(about 20 years ago) and I still remember it almost perfectly. This was one of the saddest books ever, the main character is a young girl, if memory serves me correctly her name was Ellie or Ellen or something along those lines, and she is describing her stay in the hospital awaiting heart surgery.
Id also like to say how odd it is that I remember so many details from a book I read forever ago, yet at times I cant remember what I did yesterday. I guess what Im trying to say is that obviously it was a fantastic read if Im still thinking about it.
A Book About Your Heart Scar
A Mott child life specialist shares several books that can help. Books that address these sensitive health topics, read together as a family, might prompt shared conversation and comfort — especially when an adult is unsure how to start. Her favorite titles share several qualities: accurate information, a suitable balance of words and images, and an age-appropriate yet honest approach to the subject matter. In her own words, Rentz shared 10 titles she recommends to Mott patients and their families. This is one of my favorite books.
Zip-Line – David Humpherys
We know that having a child undergo heart surgery can be a difficult time for the whole family, so we have prepared a Cardiac Surgery Manual that outlines what to expect before and after the procedure. It includes an overview of the staff who will be involved, what to do when you get to hospital, what happens after surgery and things to think about when you're heading home after the operation. Click here to download a copy of the manual. If there is anything you are unsure about, please do not hesitate to contact our Clinical Nurse Consultants via our main line, 02 Your child will need to attend the Cardiac Preadmission clinic a few days before their operation. The clinic also gives families a chance to ask questions about the planned surgery, and become familiar with the hospital environment. Talking with your child before surgery can help them to cope with the experience by knowing what to expect.
One of the challenges that I will face as Jessica gets older is trying to explain her heart condition to her. Here are some of the books that we have found:. Written in rhyme and beautifully illustrated, this book encourages children to view their scar in a positive light. It is ideal for young children, particularly preschool and infant school children who may be asking questions about why they are different. Another book that would be ideal for preschool and infant school-age children.