I (and a whole bunch of other people, thanks to me) call him "Honey." : ) He's been my honey for 30 years now and a couple of weeks ago, after a lifetime of good health, we were dropped into the middle of Oz - Honey needed open-heart surgery. It really threw us for a loop to say the least! It started on Tuesday afternoon with a stress test and ended up Saturday morning with surgery. Wham, wham, wham! No time to breathe in between. He is home now and hopefully, life will continue to move back toward normal. While we were living our hospital experience, I started to think about how if this all seemed so foreign to us as adults, what do children think? I looked in our catalog at the library and found several books for children dealing with the hospital experience. I'll tell you about my favorite here and give you a list of some other good ones, and keep hoping you never need to use any of them. If you do, however, don't forget you can get them from your local library. I'll provide links for each book so that you can order them with your Lake County Public Library card number and PIN for delivery to your favorite branch.
First up, my favorite book for the story is Franklin Goes to the Hospital by Paulette Bourgeois, illustrated by Brenda Clark. Franklin cracks his shell playing soccer and has to have surgery to repair it. It deals with his fears, not only of what is happening in the hospital, but also with what his family and friends will think if they know he is afraid and just pretending to be brave. The doctor assures him that he is, indeed, brave - that bravery is doing what you have to even if you are afraid. You can order it here: http://tinyurl.com/7b7v7zd .
Here is a list of other books that can help you help your child with their fears of the hospital:
Harry Goes to the Hospital by Howard J. Bennett, M.D., illustrated by M.S. Weber
Lexile: Not Rated
Ages: 4-8 http://tinyurl.com/82guf8f