Hospitalization can be tough. Being in a hospital might be scary and different from home, but we know some ways to cheer you up!
When you become hospitalized, you might feel scared, upset, nervous, and maybe guilty, but being prepared can help. Learning about becoming hospitalized will make you feel more comfortable with the hospital. You can learn about how long you are staying ahead of time and where you'll be staying in the hospital. If you know ahead of time that you'll be going to the hospital, most hospitals will let you take a tour and see what it will be like.
There are many ways to make you feel at home when you are at the hospital. You should bring familiar things from home like a favorite teddy bear, your own pajamas, a picture of your family, and so on.
Throughout many hospitals there are playrooms. You may make some friends that are also hospitalized at the hospital. That way you won't feel so lonely. Plus, there are times when you can have visitors like your parents, siblings, and friends.
When you are at the hospital, you may need surgery, too. Asking your doctor questions is the best way to learn about surgery. Some things that you'll come across are a gurney and an operating room. Here's a virtual tour that includes a patient's room and an operating room: Herma Heart Center Tour.