I went to the big hospital for today’s therapy cat visit. Our first stop was Pediatrics, as it usually is. Before I even saw any kids, we ran into a couple of the hospital staff, who were very happy to see me! I always say that I’m here as much for the staff as I am for the patients. That has been even more true since I started coming back at the end of July. There is still a pandemic going on, and it adds even more stress to their jobs.
I only had a couple of children to visit this time. One was a toddler with her lower body in a cast, who smiled when she saw me. Her dad told us that she has a couple of cats at home. The other was a young teenager who was really happy to see me. She sat on the bed and I laid down next to her and made happy paws as she rubbed my head. She told us about the two neighbor cats that she sees — one is friendly, and the other one doesn’t want to be touched. Of course, she could touch me all she wanted.
You might recall, the last time I was here, we went the wrong way and wound up in Neonatal instead of Labor and Delivery. This time, my human found the right place, and it was a good thing because there were expecting mothers who wanted to see me.
The patients here have at-risk pregnancies, so they are bedridden and often a little bored and lonely being stuck at the hospital. I was happy to offer a break! I stretched out and gave some happy paws to the first woman, who told us that her son at home loves cats. The second woman only spoke Spanish. The nurse helped translate, but my human was able to answer simple questions in Spanish. Things like how old I was and how much I weighed. My human also could understand all the flattering things the woman said about me, like how beautiful I was.
The visit ended on kind of a funny note. We stopped by the Cancer Center, and a couple of the hospital staff got really excited to see me. In fact, they were so excited, they took me to a small recreation room to see a patient… who actually didn’t want to see me! The woman thanked us graciously, but really didn’t want to see a kitty. No matter, we went off to visit with the nurse who works with the people receiving chemo. Like I said, we really are there for the staff as much as we are the patients.
It was a good visit.
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Catherine Lingg says
I cant imagine anyone not wanting to see a beautiful sweet kitty like you. My sister has cancer and her kitty adores her. It really helps her
Athena and Marie says
So glad you made some people happy on your visit. You are amazing!
Cathy Keisha says
How could someone not want t see you? Sounds like she was wallowing in self-pity. Never a good thing.
Angel Whiskeratti says
You are truly a special cat. You know exactly why you are there, and are happy and fulfilled to visit them.
you are a darling and your human is a wonder woman!
Melissa & Mudpie says
I can’t imagine not wanting to see a kitty, but that’s just me. You’re making such a difference during these visits!
Katie Isabella says
YEA! Summer, you are just the best girl around!
Pat k says
Another great day of visits to people who need you. Isn’t it great
to have so many people wanting you? You (and your human) are
doing such good work. Thank you.
MARIETTE VANDENMUNCKHOF-VEDDER says
Hah, that is THEIR LOSS, not wanting to see you!
Glad you got lots of joy out of it. Guess your weight is about the same as our Tiggy-Tigger girl, around 6 pounds.
Judy GQ says
Summer, you can come visit me any time, tho I hope it’s not in a hospital. Glad you had such a great visit.
Ellen Pilch says
Sounds like you spread a lot of joy- you always do. XO
Brian Frum says
I’m glad you had a fun visit sweet Summer and it’s wonderful you make the staff so happy too!
Timmy Tomcat says
Summer you must feel so good after you go on a visit to help people. We sure enjoyed you bringing us along
The Poupounette Gang says
We have trouble understanding how anyone would not want to see you, Summer! But it sounds like it was a great visit overall!
Tama and Benny
Mickey's Musings says
So good that you had such a wonderful visit Summer.
I am sure that everyone that saw you got some positive effect 🙂
LESLEY CASTLE says
Sounds like you had a busy day!
Emmit & Mimi says
Yay for a great day of therapy visiting! What a joy you are to everyone too :o)
I’m happy you and lady mom do what you for patients, families, and staff – you both are very special ladies! Xoxo