Child hospitalization

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, shares advice from personal experience for parents on how to help prepare your child for his or her hospitalization
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I would recommend preparing your child for their hospitalization based on their age and their developmental level. My daughter had surgery when she was six and my other daughter had surgery when she was four. At age six and four, they had the ability to comprehend what was going on. We spent a lot of time preparing them. We talked about who they would meet and what kind of questions they would ask. We talked about the kind of monitors that would be on their body before and after surgery. We talked about what their hospital room would look like, what kinds of things would be in there. We talked about the bed that would go up and down. We talked about the table that had a mirror in it. We told them that we would be with them the entire time they were in the hospital and we would be able to spend the night there. One of us would always be there with them. There would be a couch there. We always brought things that were familiar to them; stuffed animals, blankets, pictures, music. Often, children are allowed to take a blanket or a stuffed animal in the operating room with them. We would spend some time picking out who or what was going to win the honor of going to the operating room with our daughter.

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, shares advice from personal experience for parents on how to help prepare your child for his or her hospitalization

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Shelley Hurguy, RN, MSN, CRNA, CHHC

Certified Holistic Health Counselor

I am holistic health coach with a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have a Master’s Degree in Nursing, and worked as a Nurse Anesthetist for over a decade. I have been trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and found my passion for the power of healing through food when I read Paul Pitchford’s Healing With Whole Foods in response to my daughter’s medical challenges.

My daughter was born with a congenital bowel defect and endured several surgeries before her first birthday. After a highly specialized surgery to render her continent at age eight, my daughter was sent home with a list of medications that were intended for use unendingly. The medications contained chemicals and food dyes meant to alter the passage of food through her gastrointestinal tract, and I couldn’t find a natural supplemental alternative. I began to research dietary solutions to her body’s response to food, digestion and elimination.

During this time of navigating my daughter’s medical condition, professionally, I was administering anesthesia to patients undergoing bariatric surgery; a process of shrinking the stomach so the patient is forced to eat less food. I knew there had to be a better way to solve the issue of obesity, and that there was more to being overweight than just eating too much.

I have learned that what we eat and what we don't eat can profoundly affect and heal our bodies. I offer personalized “roadmaps to health,” created to suit each individual’s body, lifestyle, preferences and goals.

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