I went to the big hospital today. Often my human and I are by ourselves, but sometimes there are one or two more teams. This time Josie, the other therapy cat in the program, was there. Although there are just two cats in our organization and something like 80 dogs, this isn’t that unusual. This hospital is the only one that Josie visits. Plus her human, like my human, keeps his own work hours. So instead of doing visits on the weekends, they both often sign up for the weekday slots.
Other than there being us two cats, it was a pretty routine visit. We started off in Pediatrics. There were three boys and one girl, and Josie and I visited with them all. When there are two therapy animals and not too many patients, we can do that. We do it separately because the protocol requires therapy teams to keep their animals at least 6 feet apart. It avoids any trouble.
After quickly stopping by the residents’ work room (there was only one resident there today), we went over to Labor and Delivery. That is always fun because the nurses make a big deal out of me, and they love Josie too. After a lengthy visit with them, a nurse took us to the one patient in recovery. She had three kids at home and two cats. (She had just given birth to her fourth child.) So she was happy to see us.
Josie and I have completely different personalities. Josie travels in a stroller and is a lot more vocal. I prefer being on my leash. In fact, while Josie was visiting the mom in recovery, I wanted to explore the rest of the room. Both Josie and I snuggle, although today, I was more restless and less snuggly than usual. My human made up for that by showing off my high fives when we were in Pediatrics. I even gave a high five to one of the boys. (Josie doesn’t do any tricks.)
It was a nice visit, although we didn’t have as many places to visit as normal. With the latest Covid surge, we couldn’t go to a couple of areas we would normally stop by. I hope things get better soon so we can return to those areas.
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