Stuffed Friends

When you need a friend by your side, bring a bear!

There's one other thing that I want to tell you bear, Spanky. I've had Spanky since I was a very little child, and believe me, this bear has been through a lot. So you can understand why I brought it to the hospital with me. Even if you're bigger than I am, stuffed animals can help you, especially when you're lonely and scared, and I guess that happens to all of us some time or another. Spanky knows my secrets, and is always getting girl hugs from me. Of course, I get bear hugs from Spanky. 

Do you have a favorite stuffed animal? If you do, remember to bring it with you if you have to come to the hospital. By the way, some hospitals let REAL animals come visit the kids. I would be very surprised if any of them let a bear stick around, though!

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

Last updated: November 14, 2004