I finally got to return to the big hospital I was visiting regularly before the pandemic. Some of it was the same, but a lot of it was different.
When we arrived, we stopped by the Chaplaincy office, which oversees our visits, and the chaplain happened to walk in at the same time. It was a good thing we ran into him because he said there was a special request to visit the Labor and Delivery section. There were some patients with high risk pregnancies who had been there for weeks and needed visits. So we went.
Three women were on bed rest in this section, and two of them wanted a visit. The first patient was happy to see me, but I think she would have preferred a dog. She was nice, though. The second patient was really happy to see me. I was a little unsure of myself during the first visit, but with this patient, it all came back to me and I snuggled on the bed next to her and purred and made happy paws.
On Mondays we are supposed to visit Behavioral Medicine. But when we stopped by, the visiting room was being disinfected because someone had tested positive for Covid. So we didn’t see any patients this time, but we did stay for a while in the hallway to visit with some of the staff. In fact, we made sure to visit with the nurses and staff in every section. They were all very glad to see the therapy pets coming back.
We ended our visit in Pediatrics. There was only one patient, a toddler just past the baby stage. The little kid didn’t really care about me, but her mother was thrilled to see me, and in Spanish asked what my name was, and wanted to know more about me. Fortunately the women who oversees the ward was able to help my language-challenged human answer questions.
The time really flew and by then our visit was done. It was a good first visit back, and it reminded us about how much our presence is needed.
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