Monday, October 10, 2011

Tips for Extended Hospital Stays

By Jo Ashline, a columnist for The Orange County Register.

This Monday, our special needs son Andrew will be admitted to our local children’s hospital, CHOC, for approximately one week to undergo extensive seizure testing. The tests themselves will not be invasive (thank goodness!) but our active, non-verbal 9-year-old will be forced to stay in bed for a minimum of 5 days while his head is covered in dozens of electrodes and bandaged in such a way that he looks like a victim in a soap opera script. Trying to keep him occupied, comfortable, and as little annoyed as possible guarantees good times for all, and by good times I of course mean HELP!

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