Feeling Bad, Getting Better: A Kid's Guide to Illness and Injury

Feeling Bad, Getting Better: A Kid's Guide to Illness and Injury

by Tom McGrath, R. W. Alley

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Illness is distressing for anybody, but it’s especially disturbing for children. This book escorts the sick child through the strange, scary, and often lonely world of illness and hospitalization. Empathizing with the confusing feelings and questions sick children often have, it offers comfort and understanding. The little elves that populate its pages present creative ways for sick kids to have fun, stay connected with family and friends, and help themselves to heal.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497696549
Publisher: Abbey Press
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Series: Elf-help Books for Kids
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Tom McGrath is Editorial Director for Claretian Publications, publishers of U.S. CatholicSalt of the Earth, and Bringing Religion Home. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Kathleen, and his two daughters, Judy and Patti.
R. W. Alley is the illustrator for the popular Abbey Press adult series of Elf-help books, as well as an illustrator and writer of children’s books. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife, daughter, and son. See a wide variety of his works at: www.rwalley.com.

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Feeling Bad, Getting Better

A Kid's Guide to Illness and Injury

By Tom McGrath, R. W. Alley

Abbey Press

Copyright © 2002 Tom McGrath
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4976-9654-9


Being Sick Is No Fun

When you are sick, your body feels bad. You may not feel like doing the things you usually do. You might need to have medical tests, get shots, or take icky medicine. You may have to stay in the hospital for a while.

Nobody wants to be sick. It's okay to be mad about it—or sad or scared. It helps if you know a few things about being sick, and about your sickness. It helps to understand why you feel bad and what you can do to get better.

Remember, there are many people who love and care about you. They want to do everything they can to see that you get well.

Life Is Different

When you're sick, your life changes. You might not be able to run and play as you usually do. Sometimes you can't hang out with your friends. You may have to miss baseball games or a party.

If you stay in the hospital, you will be sleeping in a different place and eating different kinds of food. You might share a room with someone you don't know.

A hospital can be busy and noisy and sometimes even scary. Even though a hospital can seem very strange, everything that happens there is meant to help you get better.

It's Okay to Be Mad or Sad

Being sick can make you grumpy or mad. Sometimes you feel lonely and sad. And often you just feel bad.

It's normal to have feelings like this when you're sick. As you get better, you will feel more like yourself again. Your life will become more like the way it was.

Tell your feelings to someone who understands, like your parents, or the nurse, or your aunt when she comes to visit you.

Ask Questions

You probably don't know why you feel bad. You might wonder what's going to happen to you.

Ask the doctor, nurse, or your parents anything you want to know, like:

Why do I have to take that medicine?

Why do I need to stay in bed?

When can I get up and play again?

Sometimes the grown-ups you ask won't know all the answers. Ask anyway, so that the people taking care of you know what's on your mind.

Stay Connected

When you're sick or in the hospital, you can't be with your family and friends as much as usual. This can make you feel lonely.

Even though they can't be with you, your family and friends still love you and care about you. Keep something close to you that reminds you of your home and family—like a favorite stuffed animal, or a family picture, or a scarf that smells like your mom's perfume.

When I was seven years old and sick in the hospital, my classmates wrote me letters and drew pictures for me. This helped me to feel connected with my friends. I still have that box of letters today! Maybe your friends can send you some letters or pictures.

Don't Blame Yourself

No one wants to get sick or to get hurt. You try to take good care of yourself, so you can stay healthy. You try to play safely, so you won't get hurt.

But sometimes people do get sick or hurt. Maybe you caught a bad germ. Maybe you had an accident. Maybe something in your body just isn't working right.

This is not a time to blame yourself for being sick or hurt. Your sickness is not a punishment for doing something wrong.

This is a time to think about what you can do now to feel better. That means listening to the doctors and others who care for you and following their orders.


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