I got to do therapy visits at a new children’s hospital today! Well, actually it wasn’t totally a new hospital. I went to the old location about a year ago. But the new location is so different that it might as well be new! Best of all, it is less than 15 minutes from my house (and that is if there is traffic).
When I first got there, there was one of those guys wearing one of those funny hats. But he wasn’t just there to look around — he was there to do magic tricks! Because of today’s event, it was a little less crowded than usual, which was nice for me. That meant I got to check the hospital out without being overwhelmed.
A volunteer showed my human and I all the areas we will be going to on our visits. The lobby area had lots of kids, and most of them were really excited to see me! I let them pet me, and did High Fives and ate treats out of kids’ hands. It was pretty fun! Then we went through some corridors with exam rooms, and I visited a couple of kids. This area was quiet today. Then we got to visit an area totally new to me — a pre-op area on the second floor! I had no idea they let therapy pets in this area, but apparently they do. The nurses were thrilled to see me and made a big deal out of me.
Back downstairs, I visited more kids in the lobby and had a very new experience. I visited with a boy who only had artificial arms with hooks for hands. My human wondered how I would react. Well, you know it was silly of her to be at all concerned because I didn’t care. The boy even put one of his hand-hooks around me, and I was fine.
At this hospital, there are a lot of kids missing limbs and going through rehab, or that in general look different. But to me they are just kids… and I like kids. Kitties (and I assume dogs) aren’t bothered by other beings whose appearances aren’t perfect. And because of my experience at hospitals (and even at cat shows), I’m used to people in wheelchairs. If I see something I haven’t before, it’s just a new experience to have. And my human makes sure all my new experiences are good ones, and reassures me when I am a little nervous.
I think I will have lots of good experiences at this new hospital.