If you’re admitted to the Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah, you may feel scared or stressed. You may also experience the following:
- Feeling like everything is out of your control.
- Sadness or anger about missing out on school or friend functions.
- Fear of experiencing painful procedures or having surgery.
- Worries about how your illness or hospitalization will affect your body or what others will think of you.
All of these feelings are normal. The Memorial Health Willett Children’s Hospital team will help you understand what is happening to you and your body, answer your questions honestly, and help you to manage your health.
Talking to Your Doctor
It is important that you participate in the decisions about your medical care. There are many procedures and processes that may be confusing to you. When you are uncertain, ask questions. You may even want to make a list of questions for your doctor. Take the time to communicate your concerns, feelings, or questions to someone you trust - your parents, your doctor, or other caregivers. Every question you have is important, and we will take the time to answer it for you.
Ways to Cope While in the Hospital
When you come to the hospital, bring a few familiar items from home, such as books, hand-held video games, music, a laptop, or your own pillow. This will make your hospital room more comfortable. If you start to feel worried or bored, here are some things you can do to help you cope:
- Journaling - Write down your feelings or thoughts in a notebook or journal. This can help you express your feelings and may help you communicate with your medical team.
- Research your illness - Sometimes knowing what is happening to you can help relieve your fears and make you feel more in control. Ask questions and understand what is going on with your body. You can find a lot of information in our online health library.
- Get creative - Draw, paint, sculpt, or do anything creative that helps you express your feelings. The child life specialists at the Memorial Health Willett Children’s Hospital are great resources for ways to be creative in the hospital.
- Do things you would do at home - Watch TV or movies, play video games, read a book, play a board game, text a friend, check your social media sites, or anything else to keep you busy. The child life team can help you come up with ideas to make the time pass and keep you distracted.
- Stay connected with your family and friends - Talk on the phone, text, direct message, or have your family and friends visit you. The Memorial Health Willett Children’s Hospital provides public internet access. There are also visiting hours throughout the day. It is important to keep in touch and stay connected with those people who support and care about you during this time.
- Hang out in the teen activity room - If you are able, we encourage you to visit the teen room for activities, games, and movies. This room is open to all teenage patients in the Memorial Health Willett Children’s Hospital.
Teens HOPE Activity Room
Teenagers in the hospital need a place to hang out and just feel “normal” or socialize with other teenagers. The Teens HOPE organization has provided a “teens only” space at the Memorial Health Willett Children’s Hospital. It provides teenage-appropriate activities, games, and other items for use while you are in the hospital.
The Teens HOPE Activity Room is for kids ages 11 years and up who are admitted to the Memorial Health Willett Children’s Hospital and have approval from their medical team to visit the room. Other teenagers and adult visitors are also welcome to accompany the patient as long as they are free from infections or other illnesses.