“Going to the Hospital. What Will I See?” Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Jaynie R Wood, Author of “Going to The Hospital.  What Will I See?”

This is a book to familiarize children and their families with the initial procedures when hospitalization becomes necessary. Hospital personnel is introduced and their tasks are described. Procedures and the reasons for those procedures are discussed. The patient learns what he can do to help the doctors and nurses. The people wearing funny clothes are highly skilled in helping your child feel better, and the child-friendly illustrations serve to aid in understanding the process. And as you will see, there are also reasons for big smiles during your stay in the hospital. It is well-documented that when patients are partners in their treatment, anxiety is lessened and recuperation time is often more rapid.

About the Author:

The concept for much of my life started when I was four and I was poked 23 times for an IV start. That moment changed my perspective forever. That was my first open-heart surgery.

Years later I was around 13, having another surgery in the intensive care unit.  Another young patient saw that I was in tears and came over to me. She told me a story of a prince on a hill and in the end, everything turned out just fine.

I still have the picture and I remember her name was Wanda. Wanda had cancer, And I learned soon after I left the hospital that Wanda did not survive. Fast forward a few years later and I was back in the hospital again for another heart surgery, and I coded. I remember waking up and seeing an angel up in the window behind me. I wasn’t scared, I just felt very comforted with the fact that they were there and watching out for me.

Later in my life, I started a child life program at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California. No one told me how difficult it was to start a program from scratch. I just put one foot in front of the other, wrote a grant, and started the program.

Helping children through their hospital experience has been my mission.

When I wrote the book I  was both a Certified Child Life Specialist and a Pet Therapy Handler. The illustrator asked what character I wanted to be in the book because I couldn’t be both. I chose to be the character of the Certified Child Life Specialist. However, the pet therapy dog in the book needed to look exactly like my dog, a big giant lovable Leonberger.

And so, the book was born. It was a labor of love for myself, the editor, and the illustrator. My wish is that it could find the way into the hearts of those who need it most.

We will be giving away a copy of “Going to the Hospital. What Will I See?” to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 4/26/21. Open to U.S. residents.

Helping Kids Learn About Their Body: “Blood Soup” Spotlight and Giveaway

Child life specialists incorporate play, art, and books to teach kids about their bodies. Many specialists have used an activity called, blood soup to educate and empower kids about their cancer treatment. I was excited to find out that a fellow child life specialist created a storybook to go along with this activity.

Guest Blogger, Jessica Wilfore, CCLS, Author of Blood Soup 

Blood Soup is a dynamic and hands-on educational experience for all children! Readers will be engaged from start to finish, learning of the four components of blood and the reasoning behind a blood draw. Blood Soup empowers children to know more about their bodies and helps take the fear out of blood.

Where to Purchase

Blood Soup is available for purchase at Lulu.com.

About the Author

Jessica Wilfore, MS-Ed, CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist, educator, and mother who has worked in the hospital setting for several years helping children understand procedures and diagnosis in a developmentally appropriate manner.  She believes that the more children know, the better they can respond. She encourages the use of this book for all children but specifically for those with an upcoming blood draw or new diagnosis (cancer, diabetes, bleeding disorders).

We will be giving away a copy of “Blood Soup” to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 4/15/21. Open to U.S. and Canada residents.

Supporting Tubies with FreeArm Care: Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Misti Staley from FreeArm Tube Feeding Assitant 

The FreeArm lends a hand at the hospital, home and on-the-go. It provides more mobility with syringe feeding, pump feeding, and infusions.
The FreeArm clamps to surfaces such as tables, cribs, strollers, you name it. And works as a travel IV pole, easily bending up to fit in your bag.

It provides consistent feeds and infusions anywhere, anytime. With the FreeArm’s bendable arm, you can take the guesswork out of how high to hold the gravity syringe and keep lines free from kinks.

Inspiration behind FreeArm

Freeman Ellis Staley was born on April 25, 2015. He spent 3.5 months in the NICU at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. His parents, Will and Misti spent every day by his side cheering him on. Freeman was discharged with a g-tube, bolus gravity feeds during the day and pump feeds at night.

While home, Misti and Will were overwhelmed with tube feeding their son. They had medicines to add to his feeds, and multiple therapies to perform all while holding Freeman, and his bolus feeds. They needed a helping hand, so they created one…the FreeArm!

After 5 hard but wonderful weeks at home, Freeman’s breathing became labored and Will and Misti returned to the hospital with Freeman for a chest x-ray. Freeman and his family spent another long 5 months in the PICU before Freeman lost his battle with pulmonary hypertension at almost 10 months old, the day after Valentine’s Day 2016.

It has been 5 years since Will and Misti lost Freeman. They are happy to continue Freeman’s love through the FreeArm and FreeArm Muscle, making IV infusions, bolus, and pump feeding easier for families and hospital staff around the world.

We have teamed up with Medi Teddy for a giveaway to celebrate Child Life Month. Learn more about Medi Teddy from our previous post.

We will choose two winners!

One child life specialist will win- a FreeArm Muscle in the color of their choice to use in their hospital for fun feeding times, a Hope Medi Teddy IV Bag Cover (plastic & reusable)and a Medi Teddy sticker and adult t-shirt.
Tubie family will win- a FreeArm Muscle in the color of their choice, a Bailey Medi Teddy IV Bag Cover (plush & machine washable), and a Medi Teddy sticker and child t-shirt.

 

Choose one or more ways to enter:

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  3. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy, @Freearm.Tube.Feeding.Assitant,  @Meddi_Teddy let us know what hospital you are at, and tag two friends that would love this giveaway.
  4. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy, tag two friends that would love this giveaway.

Good luck, the winners will be chosen by 3/19/21.

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