We went to the children’s hospital on Friday. I spent a few moments visiting the security people while my human signed in and got her temperature taken. Staff is always important at the facilities we visit, but sometimes it’s easy to rush through the ones who check you in.
It wasn’t a busy day, so we were able to linger a little bit with those who wanted to see me. The first patient I saw was a toddler. She was of those little kids who doesn’t say anything, but quietly and insistently wants to pet me and touch me nonstop. A young boy cheerfully came up while the toddler was busy with me, but he could barely get a pet in! Eventually my human had to bundle me up and take me to the exam rooms.
I had nice kids of all ages to visit! A teen girl really enjoyed me, and petted me while she answered a bunch of questions the nurse asked her. And there was another older girl in a hospital gown, doing her pre-op. And my human and I were happy to see the young boy from the lobby. So I was able to get lots of one-on-one time with him while my human chatted with his mother.
One really good thing about the exam area is that the occupied rooms have a row of cards at the door. They tell you which doctor is working with the patient, the purpose of the visit, and the nurses working with them too. So my human knows even before entering what’s going on. And also, like today, if a staff member who is allergic to cats was assigned to a room. We don’t go into those until the allergic staff is done working.
The last exam room we visited had a sweet teen patient who was wearing all black with lots of silver jewelry. He was with his mother and little brother and they all posed together for a Polaroid photo with me. Back in the lobby, the toddler girl was still there! So we sat with her a few moments before leaving.
It was a really good visit day, and I purred lots and did some tricks for many of the patients.
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