One of my younger patients was a little shy and nervous to be back in the hospital setting so we made a shield with tips to help him be brave. We had a lot of fun making this shield and of course, I learned so much more about him during the activity. I learned about his past hospital experiences, different ways he copes during procedures, and which procedures he has a difficult time with. He proudly hung up the shield on his bedroom wall and now had a visual reminder of his own tips on how to be brave.
His tips to himself were:
- Take medicine to help you feel better
- Look away
- If you get bored, call volunteers to come and play with you
- Count down
- If you don’t want to take your medicine, just take it fast and get it over with (this one was my personal favorite)