Kathy - posted on 01/21/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
I am having surgery next week to remove an ovarian cyst. I will be spending the night in the hospital. I've already told my three-year old daughter that I'll be going to a hospital, where there are lots of doctors and nurses that help people get better. And I tell her that I have a "boo-boo in my belly". What I can't figure out is how to explain my need for recuperation when I get home. Right now, I don't have any symptoms of my cyst, no pain or anything. When I come home, I won't be able to pick up my daughter, have her sit on my lap, play with her, etc. I don't want her to be scared of hospitals and thinking that you leave the hospital with more boo-boo's than you went in with. If you've had surgeries while raising a pre-schooler, how did you explain the need for recuperation without making him or her more scared of doctors and hospitals?