I have to say, I was a little disappointed in yesterday’s hospital visit. There were no patients in bed for me to lie with! The hospital wings on my list were all either empty, or kids were sleeping, or patients didn’t want to see a kitty (can you believe that?). I still had lots to do. I stopped by some waiting rooms, entertained staff, and I spent a lot of time in that place they call the Rainbow Room. That’s the waiting room with a lot of children. There were several kids toddler aged and a little older, but fortunately I did not get manhandled (or rather kidhandled) too much. Of course, my human made sure of that. I ended my stay in the Rainbow Room by relaxing on a chair in a nice sun puddle while some little girl stared at me… but wouldn’t touch me. Overall, it was a quiet therapy cat visit.
But even though not a lot was going on, you never know if maybe there’s one person who really needs to see you. Maybe the young woman who made a big deal out of me in the emergency waiting room really needed some kitty energy that day. Or the nurse, who spent time chatting about her cats at home. Or the receptionist who admired me from a distance because she was allergic. Even allergic humans who can’t touch me sometimes need kitty energy. So I’m glad I brightened some people’s day.
The kind of sad part is that it will be a few weeks before I can go back to doing hospital visits. Why? Because Easter is coming and a lot of people bring lilies to patients… and my human won’t even let me in a room with lilies! I think most of my readers know that all lilies are toxic to kitties, and lots of them are poisonous enough to kill us, even if we just lick some pollen off our paws. So she won’t take even the slightest chance. I’ll still be doing visits, of course… I’m going to a college campus I haven’t been to before, and I’ll see what else is around that doesn’t involve visiting hospital patients. But my next visit to a hospital won’t be until the end of April.