My human has jury duty this week, so this therapy cat visit and the next one are on weekends. This particular hospital we usually visit on Thursdays. I was one of three teams signed up at the hospital — the other two were dog teams. Since one of the dogs (a little dashaund, actually!) wasn’t good with cats, we decided to work different floors. My human talked them into letting us have the pediatrics wing first. She knew I’d enjoy that.
There were only three children to visit today. The first boy was very sick, but wanted me on the bed with him. I lied down and tried to help him feel better while my human chatted a little bit with the parents. I do think I helped him for a little while, even though he was uncomfortable the whole time. My human places a sheet down on the bed when I lie down with the patients, and when she gathered it up for laundry, it was warm from the boy’s fever.
The next child wasn’t in bed. She was a little girl and very cute. I enjoyed visiting with her and her parents. The next girl was a teenager and she was in bed. When I laid down next to her, her mother took a photo. She said she was going to show it to the cats at home and make them jealous. By the time we had finished with her, the two dog teams had shown up. So we headed for the next floor, which was Skilled Nursing.
The first patient I visited was a man who was delighted to see me! Like, really excited. So I was happy to lie down next to him and purr and hang out. My human asked if he wanted a photo, and he did, so she took out the Poloroid-type camera we get as therapy teams and took a shot. While it was developing, he showed us a photo from a few days earlier — it was Josie, the other therapy cat in our program! This patient was such an animal lover. He wanted to know where he could get a cat, so my human gave him the address and phone number of the closest city shelter. (It is the same one Binga came from.)
The last guy we visited actually said he wasn’t that interested in seeing me. He was older, probably in his 60s. He told us, “I have children who come visit me, so I’m not lonely.” I just want to say that for someone who seemed to think that pets were only for lonely people, we spent a lot of time in his room! So go figure.
By the time we finished visiting with the last patient, the other two teams were downstairs waiting for us and we were done.
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