Games to Play at the Hospital
Jeff Corrie
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This week, my little sister-in-law Natalie who I love very much was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Without going into too many details, partially because we don't have many details, I will be spending a large amount of time at the hospital with my wife, her family, and some close friends. The initial surgery is expected to take seven hours or longer, followed by at least three days in the ICU. Plus all of the treatment time to come.

My wife suggested I could bring a game or two to pass the time, and I am looking for some suggestions. Natalie just graduated from high school, and is a big fan of every game I've introduced to her, from Ticket to Ride, to Guillotine, to Agicola or Ca$h & Guns. Of course, she won't be the one in the waiting room, but even if all goes well, we'll still be spending a lot of time at the hospital.

Feel free to browse my collection for some suggestions, but I'm not above going out and picking up a few games, it seems like a worthwhile investment. I just need some ideas. Tell me why some games are a better fit than others.

Thanks

-Jeff

Update:

What began as slightly blurry vision (that's what led to Nat getting checked out) from pressure on the brain stem has increased to extreme blurriness and she is unable to read. The surgery should relieve this pressure, and we're hoping vision will return, but nothing is guaranteed. I can't believe how fast things are moving. She's in good spirits, just tired of being stuck by needles.
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Jeff Corrie
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And please, if you feel so inclined, pass on a prayer for Natalie. Thank you!
 
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This was all I good think of, still needs a fair amount of table space depending on number of players. More importantly, I just wanted to wish you and your family the best. My prayers are with you all.
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First off, prayers for all and best wishes.

This one might be nice if you are looking for a light filler with a touch of strategy. I realize that you mentioned Agricola (so complex games are no problem) - just thought this might be a light, fun one for after the surgery, if she's not in the mood for too much (i.e. on some heavy meds).

It's also small and easily played in a small space.

Again, best of luck and prayers to the family and Natalie especially.
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This was the other game I took.

Major advantages
- easy to wash
- can be played on the bedsheets

Disadvantage
- a deep game
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This one is great, doesn't require too much room, and has no language depandancy.
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Same as above, but requires even less space.

Sorry to hear about everything you're going through. You'll be in my thoughts...hope everything turns out ok.
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