I got to visit one of my regular hospitals this weekend. In fact, it was the first hospital I visited almost exactly three years ago after I got my therapy cat certification. You never know what to expect when you get there. It’s different every time. This Sunday, there were lots of patients, so I had a very busy therapy cat day! I’ll tell you the highlights.
Before we could even start our first visit, the doctor walked in and needed to talk to the patient. So my human promised her that we’d return later. The next woman we saw was in bed, and her daughter was there. While I snuggled with the patient, she chattered away in Spanish, and her daughter translated for her. They were both really big animal lovers. I visited a couple of really nice men, and also with the nurses. The nurses always make a big deal over me, and I enjoy that! One man patient was sitting up, and his wife said he was allergic to pet hair — but she really wanted to see me. So I spent time with her, and she brought us in so her husband could at least look at me, because she thought I was so cute and novel.
After we finished with the other patients in the section, we returned to the first woman, and spent lots of time with her. She loved me a lot, so I wanted to make sure she had quality time with me. My human does her best to remember to return when she tells someone we will, and it was obvious this patient really, really wanted to see me.
The second section was a little quieter but we still had patients to visit. One lady was sitting in a chair and while she petted me, she chatted for a long time. Usually patients don’t talk about what is going on with them, but she did. She wanted to go home really badly, but she said the doctors had found something. She was a very sweet lady, and a doctor walked in just as we were wrapping up our visit. As we left, we heard him tell her he was an oncologist, and it is a good thing our backs were turned to the woman, because my human’s face just fell. It was a very sad moment.
The last woman we visited spoke only Spanish, and there was no one to translate for her. That didn’t matter because I just snuggled with her and purred for as long as she wanted. And really, that’s the important part anyway.
Lesley Castle says
You and your mom are so loving and devoted….
So nice of you and your human to brighten the days of those hospital patients!
You spread so much love. We are proud to be your friend.
Awesome news about fur baby visits to human patients in need! Excellent therapy.
Sherri-Ellen T-D. says
Meeow Summer you did furabuluss once again!!! Bet yore bettur than all THE Blood Pressure medss inn THE werld!!!
Mee admirss you so-o much!
Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs says
*IF*, I ever have to go to a hospital again…I hope it will be close to where you are Summer, cause you for sure would brighten up my day, as you do to countless others. Thanks for faithfully doing this for so many. You are loved and your love given to others in return is pricelss:)
Karen Woods says
Loves Summer and Janiss, for doing this. You are both amazing.
You’re doing great work, Summer. I can imagine how much a visit from a lovely cat such as yourself would have brightened my day during my hospital visits!
Katie Isabella says
I love when you have therapy visits Summer..and I love to hear about them and how you do. XX
Catscue Catmom says
Purrs for all you and your Mom do Summer. Thanks for sharing your visits, I always love reading about them. (even though they always make me tear up).
Summer, purrs and snuggles transcend all language barriers. We love that you work your magic with all those people. 🙂
Great work Summer – I know ya did a lot of people a lotta good.
William's Kith & Kin says
You are a ray of sunshine in the lives of these folks, Summer.
Poor lady. I’m glad you were there for her.
You’re so special – and so is your mama.
Melissa & Mudpie says
Purrs for the lady with the oncologist. I’m so glad you were there for her.
The Poupounette Gang says
Purring is an international language that transcends all boundaries!
Tama and Genji
Rene S says
You do such good work, Summer. Everyone there must really appreciate it. Paws up to you!
You do such an important and wonderful job helping others who are in a sad place, beautiful Summer…It is really awesome that you spread so much joy to those in need of cheering up, sweetie…Your human is pretty amazing too!…XO…J, Halle, Sukki
The Swiss cats says
Your purrs and snuggles bring joy to all these people, it’s wonderful, Summer ! Purrs
Ellen Pilch says
That is so sad about the lady with cancer, but you made her happy while you were there. XO
Cathy Keisha says
I’m glad you are of service too. I think that sweet lady needed you more AFTER that oncologist came in. I’ll bet she didn’t want to be alone and needed some soft furz to cry into.
Lola The Rescued Cat says
We feel so bad for the lady whose oncologist walked in. We’re glad you were there to bring her some comfort.
That’s right Summer…..purrs and snuggles need no words……they “speak” in a special language.
Eastside Cats says
Your purrs need no translation, Summer! The whole world knows that it means: LOVE!
Pat K says
I always like to read about those visits.
How nice for the patients that you get
in to see them.
Purrjamm Cats says
It’s wonderful that you are able to provide comfort to those in need. Sometimes all we can do is to make happy memorable moments that last a life time. We are sorry for sad times. You girls are a God send. Purrs
Brian Frum says
You are such a sweetie Summer and we’re so glad to deliver some happy to those patients!
The Island Cats says
Another great visit, Summer! You helped those people feel good.
Summer, you are a beautiful cat inside and out!❤️❤️❤️
The Dash Kitten Crew says
Your visits are hugely important Summer and you do a great job as a therapist!
Mickey's Musings says
The last patient you saw proves that your visits are necessary and appreciated.
We believe that cat therapy goes a long way to helping people feel better.
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ
Memories of Eric and Flynn says
I am glad you were able to comfort the lady before the oncologist went in. I wish she had family with her because his words most likely brought her world crashing down.
You and your human do very good work bringing joy and comfort to people.
The kitties of purring pines says
Great job, Summer!