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How to Cheer Her Up?

My 15 year old daughter has been very sick of late. She's recovering from iron deficiency anemia, and now she's fighting mono too. She has almost no energy and spends most of her time asleep, but when she is awake, she's bored and depressed.

She normally spends almost all her time working out or playing soccer with her friends, and she doesn't really have many hobbies that involve her sitting still. She's really down, and I'm trying to think of anything that might cheer her up. Any thoughts? I'm running low on creativity here.

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Asked by lytate95 at 1:38 PM on Apr. 17, 2011 in Teens (13-17)

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  • take her outside to lie in the sunshine and get some fresh air. Sunlight makes your body make vitamin D, which is important for hormonal balance. She could be depressed because she hasn't seen the sun for a while. Don't let her get burned, but some time in the sun would be good, even if she just lays on a blanket.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 1:43 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • Maybe she could paint or write?

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 1:44 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • I agree, outside in the sunshine and fresh air can make all the difference

    Answer by admckenzie at 1:46 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • Take her to the soccer games. Right now spring soccer is in full swing and there are games every afternoon and all day Saturday. Be sure she takes her iron with Vitamin C. It promotes absorption.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 1:48 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • If she is up for it, take her on a drive through the country, PIck up some icecream cones through a drive-thru and have her relax in the passenger seat with the windows down (if it is warm enough) and listen to the music of her choice or if she is up for some good conversation with mom, chat away! Hope she feels better soon!

    Answer by wendydays at 2:05 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • Taking her to a soccer game when she can't play would be cruel.

    Outside time is good though....a hammock and a good book. Her cell phone and ipod out with her. If you have a laptop and wifi - send her out side where she can research new hobbies like drawing, blogging, painting, jewelry making, etc. Sit out with her, if you have a back deck - have lunch on it.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 2:06 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • Invite a few of her friends over for a movie night, mani/pedis, get her to start a blog, create signs to cheer on her soccer team (remind her that they are down a player to), let her scrapbook any old pics that you haven't gotten around to, get her a few good books.

    Answer by Kimedbs at 2:23 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • fresh air, have a toenail and finger nail painting party, read a story together,movies, have friends over, make cookies, play games, have a ice cream party, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, paint cermics, those fuzzy posters you can color, scrapbooking, Michaels has some good craft ideas like american girl.

    Answer by momindiana at 4:00 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • do crossword puzzles together, watch game shows together, and maybe do her nails for her

    Answer by elizabr at 5:00 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • My daughter was diagnosed with mono as well, and it took a huge toll on her. When she would go through her "bouts", I'd make her high iron/protein foods (her favorites); guacamole, cheeseburgers, etc. If she didn't feel like leaving the house, I'd pick up some DVD's for us to watch, or we'd back cookies together. We'd go get our pedicures, do scrapbooking (her favorite thing to do), or we'd just sit and talk about whatever came to mind.

    Answer by Dreadingit at 8:33 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

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