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amother




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Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:41 pm
I need ideas please. I'm trying to give an anorexic friend age 20 something for Purim. She's in the psychiatric unit in the hospital. Any ideas is appreciated!
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Pamela




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:46 pm
How about a nice book, a therarobe (check it out on Instagram), some nice smelly lotions, warm fuzzy slippers?
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amother




Black
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:47 pm
Find out what they allow
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amother




Lemon
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:50 pm
Books,magazines, a puzzle, something that will keep her mind busy.
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amother




Seagreen
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:53 pm
As someone who has been there at that age it's really difficult and painful what about a diary and a pen, a nice tehlim, an inspirational nice decorative sign, a gift card for a mani pedi, some new makeup? anything you can think of to bring up her morale. People that are anorexic are trying to control their lives and they can't so this is the only way they can it's scary. I hope she gets better like I did. Refuah Shelemah.
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amother




Aubergine
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:58 pm
A craft kit? It can get boring in the hospital.
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amother




Cerulean
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 10:34 pm
I also included fake long nails and eyelashes for purim!
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amother




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Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 10:41 pm
amother [ Black ] wrote:
Find out what they allow


I couldn't find out what we can't send because her family doesn't know that I know about the situation and I couldn't reach her in the hospital.

Any idea what's restricted?
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amother




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Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 10:41 pm
Thanks so much for all suggestions! So helpful.
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amother




cornflower
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 10:44 pm
Anything that can possibly be used to hurt herself would be restricted. So anything sharp, anything with a rope or string, etc. Books are generally allowed, as our robes and clothes if they don't have strings on them.
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amother




Turquoise
 

Post Tue, Feb 23 2021, 12:15 am
Some ideas we've sent (or considered sending) to someone in similar situation

A paint by number
Music
Blanket
Hot water bottle
Socks/PJ's
Cardigen
Puzzle
Hand cream /nail polish
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trixx




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Feb 23 2021, 12:30 am
Cozy blanket
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amother




Jetblack
 

Post Tue, Feb 23 2021, 12:37 am
amother [ OP ] wrote:
I need ideas please. I'm trying to give an anorexic friend age 20 something for Purim. She's in the psychiatric unit in the hospital. Any ideas is appreciated!

I was in the hospital as a single girl for Anorexia. It makes a difference if she's in an eating disorder unit or in a regular psych unit what your can send her. Can you clarify?
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amother




Indigo
 

Post Tue, Feb 23 2021, 12:38 am
trixx wrote:
Cozy blanket


I agree a cozy blanket would be great if allowed. I wasn't in a hospital but I was in an inpatient program and I would have really appreciated a blanket.

Other items would have been a journal, puzzles, or crossword puzzle books. I like the fuzzy socks & paint by numbers suggestion made by someone else.

Btw even if you can't get through to your friend you can always call the hospital and see what is allowed/not allowed.
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amother




Oak
 

Post Tue, Feb 23 2021, 12:41 am
amother [ OP ] wrote:
I couldn't find out what we can't send because her family doesn't know that I know about the situation and I couldn't reach her in the hospital.

Any idea what's restricted?

Food is restricted. I sent games good for 1 player. And a love/care/hope fuzzy blanket.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d.....image
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amother




OP
 

Post Tue, Feb 23 2021, 7:04 am
Thanks for all suggestions! So helpful.
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amother




OP
 

Post Tue, Feb 23 2021, 7:07 am
amother [ Jetblack ] wrote:
I was in the hospital as a single girl for Anorexia. It makes a difference if she's in an eating disorder unit or in a regular psych unit what your can send her. Can you clarify?


I'm not sure which unit she is in. I'll try to find out today. I wonder what is the difference? The need for different gifts? Or restrictions are different?
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amother




Jetblack
 

Post Tue, Feb 23 2021, 8:42 am
amother [ OP ] wrote:
I'm not sure which unit she is in. I'll try to find out today. I wonder what is the difference? The need for different gifts? Or restrictions are different?

Restrictions and the "type" are different. When I was there, someone sent us a few costumes and all the patients and some of the staff got dressed up. We really appreciated that. A gragger and megillah are a great idea too. And send "mishloach manos" without actual food in it. A nice Purim music CD and/or a speaker (Bluetooth with no cords) will also make a nice Purim spirit.
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amother




Pearl
 

Post Tue, Feb 23 2021, 9:59 am
I think plastic bags are also not allowed in a psych ward, so make sure to avoid that.
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ImmaBubby




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Mar 02 2021, 12:01 am
Personalized journal with a nice message from you.
I think journaling is an activity that’s encouraged in these programs.
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