What do you get a 13 year old kid for after surgery?

Cecilia - posted on 01/18/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )




We found out a few days ago my 13 year old son had an infected branchial cleft cyst. Usually they only need to drain them. He has multiple and he needs surgery. He will be going in on the 30th and staying over night and leaving on the 31st. He will be out of school until the feb. 4th.

Anyways, I was looking for ideas on what to get him to make him feel better. As a boy i don't think he would love the idea of balloons, or flowers. I know I plan on getting him some new cool video game to play while he's home resting. What else could i get him besides a card and a game?

If you're wondering what " infected branchial cleft cyst" is. Before we're born we have the beginnings of gills pretty much, Most of the time these close up before we are born. His didn't. He got an infection in them due to a low immune since he had the flu a few days before. So basically i call him my lil frog boy now.

The doctor was shocked that he was 13 before anything happened. usually they become infected as a baby and so they parents know very early on to keep an eye on it.


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Cecilia - posted on 01/18/2013




i like the idea of a frog stuffed animal. I might even make him a frog blanket. He asked me awhile ago to make him a rag quilt. I kinda put it off because other people paid me to make some and just i havn't gone and gotten him fabric yet(and to be honest, i thought of rag quilts and being a bit girly, i'll admit to avoiding it for that reason). So maybe i'll go look for some frog fabric and make him one.

We're jokers in this house too, if we weren't i would be worried about calling him a frog cause it might hurt a "normal" person's feelings.

On a side note he is legally blind so i'm not too sure about comics because it means i have to also bring along his dome magnifier. Or i can look for large print comics (not sure if those exists) or simply just enlarge them at home, print them and take them along. We have a nice comic book store so i know the guy would help me find something.

For right now i'm acting like its no big deal to him so he doesn't get scared. Really it is a kinda basic procedure and it won't be a huge deal. We all know how mommies get though. He so far acts like it's nothing. He acted like getting it drained today was nothing , but my husband told me he was scared and cried.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/18/2013




Cecilia, I know exactly how you feel. My son (at 16 & again at 17) had to have surgeries, and I wasn't sure what to get him for "comfort"...

But I realized that even big kids need something to cuddle sometimes. So, while he was in his first one, his dad (going crazy, walking the hospital) showed up with a sock monkey. It was kind of a joke, a big play on "Children", because we were at a Children's Hospital facility, and he was one of the only teenagers on his floor. But, he woke up, saw that, grabbed it, and snuggled it! And he took it back for his next surgery as well! (And it has a place of honor on his bedpost now)

We got him a couple of other little joke type things too, a Spongebob balloon (to go with his comfy pants...LOL) and other goofy things. The balloon ended up with a little guy that we passed leaving the hospital...he was hooked up to all sorts of tubes and such, and it was quite obvious that mom was struggling financially, so when the kid admired the balloon, my son tied it on his wrist and told him to feel better. But the rest of the goofy things are still in his room.

We tried to make it as enjoyable for him as possible, considering the circumstances. And we're a family of jokers. We laugh about everything.

So, my (somewhat long winded) advice is to get him something frog related he can cuddle. He may be 13, but I bet he would like it.

And, best of luck! Sounds like he's like my boy...his condition was something that is usually caught when they are much younger as well. I'll be thinking about you both!

Jodi - posted on 01/18/2013




Some comic books? I know my boys love reading comic books, or Mad Magazine!

And I wish him well for the surgery :)

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