I had lots of bed visits today at my regular Sunday hospital. Plus the nurses, of course — several of them remember me there. My favorite is the nurse who is actually allergic, but she pets me anyway. She just makes sure to wash her hands before she touches her face. I visited on the fourth floor, where I used to see my friend with the artificial arm and hand. He wasn’t there, and he wasn’t there last month either. So I think he has finally gone home.
I had a couple of unusual visits on that floor. One lady really wanted to see me… but she was using the bedpan! So I couldn’t snuggle with her on the bed. I did let her pet me while I was in my sling carrier, though, and she was happy about that. One nurse told me that a man liked cats and really wanted to see me. So my human brought me in, but for some reason he couldn’t stop laughing! It was very strange. I’m not even sure he spoke English, so my human didn’t know what it was all about either.
A couple of people really missed their cats, so I was very happy to give them purr therapy. My longest visit, though, was with a man who didn’t even have pets. His room reeked of stale cigarette smoke. Since you can’t smoke in the hospital, of course, it must have been the clothes he arrived in, and the things he brought for his stay. My human thought it smelled like the homes of some of her crazy friends in the 1990s. Instead of the smell putting her off, it actually made her feel a little nostalgic. Anyhow, he wanted to see me, and so I visited with him, and then curled up on the bed while he chatted with my human. He had lots to talk about! He had some sort of foot injury that he couldn’t get looked at until he could get on Medicaid, and he chatted about that. Then he talked about the job he had working for a print shop. He knew a lot about old offset printing presses, which interested my human. No wonder I fell asleep. But the man really did enjoy our visit!
When we finished the wing where this man was, we only had a few minutes left. My human looked in the waiting room and saw a family with two young children, so she asked if they’d like to visit with me, and they did! That was fun! Neither child had touched a kitty before, so I got to be a new experience for them. They both were a little shy at first, but then they wanted to keep petting me and touching me. I also did a High Five for them. That was a really nice end to my visit. I spread therapy cat cheer to a bunch of different people!
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