There were some great replies to my last post, Must Do, Can Do Chart for Kids on Chemo. Below, I have shared a few of my readers suggested ways to cheer up the hospital room during a kid’s stay that would work with any age! They have also been gracious enough to share some pictures to go along with their responses.
Randi said “One of the things we did when she needed to get her chemo during overnight hospitals stays was to bring decorations for her room. Most hospital rooms are dull grey or beige (at least they were then, 15 years ago!), and bringing some streamers, drawings to hang up and other fun items not only makes the room more cheerful, but it also gives you and your child something to do (that’s fun), and gives the hospital staff something to comment on or talk about besides all the medical and bodily fluid stuff. 🙂 One time she decided to have a circus theme, complete with her stuffed animals on a ‘trapeze’ from the ceiling, red clown noses for us and required wear for anyone entering the room. She even popped popcorn and sold cups of it for a quarter a piece to the doctors and nurses. I think she made about $3.50 during that visit … 🙂
Decorations Left: “Blustery Day” Right: “Circus”
Maryclaire said “Recently, my 26 yr old was in over the holidays so we’d added lights to her IV pole and hung stockings under the TV (which had a Yule fire video!). It really helped personalize her space. And I LOVE the idea of making people wear a clown nose. It definitely gives the patient some ‘power’ and again adds a topic not related to procedures.
I wish I had thought of the streamers idea! We brought in things like Silly String (oops, a bit messy!), window clings, mini dart boards, and sponge dart guns. Here are some photos of when Nick pulled Nicky around through the hospital halls to fire at will. The hospital staff always so willing to go along to make him smile. (He could not walk well at the time because of where he was in treatment, and vision in one eye was not good so he liked to keep it covered.)
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