Post # 1
I have a friend from college that I’ve reconnected on FB. Her daughter has a chronic illness and she’s always in the children’s hospital.
I’ve been meaning to pop in an visit – and I’m long overdue. I know a stuffed animal or something like that would probably be appropriate for the kid – but I’m totally stumped on what to take my friend.
She’s been spending WEEKS at the hospital lately – and has another child about 40 minutes away (and hubby!) and I can only imagine how difficult it is (not to mention, trying to get her sick daughter some relief as the docs try to figure out what’s going on).
All thoughts are appreciated.
Post # 3
Why not put together a care package for her? Maybe include some pre-paid parking for the hospital, some snacks, maybe some small beauty or spa products so that she can still take care of herself, maybe gift cards to some nearby restaurants or coffee shops (maybe even one in the hospital), gas cards for the long drive. You could also include some entertainment like magazines, books, puzzle, a book of sudoku. Something like that?
Post # 4
I went thru something similar with a friend. My thoughts are:
Send the husband a gift card for somewhere to order pizza, sandwiches, McDonalds
You could give her a gift card for gas to help with the expense (or like a Wawa, 711, Sheetz, etc… for drinks.food.snacks while on the road or to take into hospital)
Books/Magazines for both mom and child (again, depending on how sick the child is)
board games/card games mom and child can do together (depending on how sick the child is)
I would also maye get something small for the child at home with Dad too (just my opinion)
Hope all works out and they get the necessary answers/treatment
Post # 5
Maybe home-made frozen meals? Things like lasagna or bread dough freeze really well, and when you’re living off take-out and fast food and TV dinners, having something home-made is luxury.
Find out if there’s a laundry with drop-off service near her house and get her a gift certificate? (Often they’re surprisingly reasonable.)
Best wishes to your friend and her family.