I have a 5 year old girl and almost 7 year old boy. I have told them that I have an owie in my ear that the Drs have been taking pictures of and have decided that they need to fix the owie. I don't want to use the word tumor or things like that, because I don't want them to hear the word elsewhere and decide that they need to worry about it. They know that I will probably be at the hospital for about a week and will come home with a cut and stitches on my head(I was trying to prepare them for what they would see when I come home).
They seem to be taking it well and are more worried about missing me than the actual surgery, though they seem to be taking that in stride too. I think they may be taking it so well because they are already used to their Daddy coming and going so much that having a parent gone for a week isn't really a big deal. I must say though that I am not looking forward to telling them goodbye on my way to the hospital. I actually think they are looking forward to it in a way, since their daddy will be home for a while and their cousins will be visiting while I am in the hospital so that my sister can help watch them.
Other than my sister and her family coming out, and my husband coming home, there is no one else that I can really count on to help. A couple of neighbors have offered help, but its the type of thing that one has to wait and see for if you know what I mean. My sister will likely only be staying for as long as I am in the hospital, so that my husband can spend a lot of time there with me. My sister has 4 kids-8, 5, and 2 yo twins, and the general concensis is that I won't be able to tolerate the noise of our combined 6 kids when I come home after the surgery. She may stay for a day or 2 after to help keep my kids happy, but that will have to be a wait and see kind of thing.
Thanks for the kind thoughts and the helpful information. I am keeping good thoughts in mind for you as well, Heidi, for your upcoming treatment and for the others in their continued recovery!