Gabriel’s Book Club
When a child is seriously ill, they frequently have insufficient energy to play. During treatment they may be in isolation for prolonged periods, locked away from the outside world. A parent must become an entertainer.
On the worst days, a child may remain in a morphine induced sleep. On good days, the child will need stimulation; a reminder of what is awaiting in the world outside. Often a child may be awake but not well enough to play. This is where reading to the child can become invaluable. Books will stimulate the mind; make a child smile; ask questions.
Gabriel’s Book Club aims to keep paediatric oncology units fully stocked with books suitable for all ages. Because younger children in particular often become attached to a particular story, wanting to hear it time and time again, they are allowed to keep their book. Keeping the wards fully stocked is important, but expensive.