There were three patients that shared with me direct eye contact. All three were definitely talking with their eyes. We were fixed on each other as I held Gabby up to their eye level. After talking to them for awhile, each of these three individuals reached out to pet Gabby. It is difficult to place into words my emotions. I am looking at someone's son, cousin, brother, lover....This is God's child and we were able to connect through Gabby in a way that made my heart LEAP and I can only hope that this moment eased a part of them too. I believe this is true compassion - wishing that others be free from suffering and doing what we can to reach out to those individuals. I know this is my number one reason why Gabby and I have this job. I truly feel it is a call to serve and 'walk the talk' of being a Christian. Each job I learn more about myself, how I react to certain situations, evaluate how I could be better and proceed in following it through on the next visit.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Today we went to a very large hospital. In this section of the hospital many of the patients were in a comatose state. I must say, this has to be the most heartbreaking job we've ever had. There were young people in their 30's to the very elderly. After 1.5 hours of visiting, and 50 patients later, we got in the car and I wept.
Posted by Dick and Barbara at 12:36 PM
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Gabby and I went to a new place today!
We arrived to a very busy, lively atmosphere! Lots of nurses in hallways and patients in the lobby and hallways. The place had a BUZZ like I'd never felt.
We met the Activity Director and began visiting the 61 bed facility. At first many of the patients were not interested in a dog visit. I always feel so sorry for those individuals. They don't know what they are missing!!
We went into Kathleen's room with her many dog photos on the wall. Gabby must have seen them too because she was so excited. Gabby got up on her bed and immediately laid down. We talked with Kathleen for quite awhile. She was recovering from surgery and about 60 years old. Gabby got up, and laid on her feet under the blankets. I asked if this was OK and Kathleen answered, "I just thought in my mind that I wished she would sit on my feet. I use mental telepathy all of the time on dogs. She is very good and heard it right away!" I always knew Gabby was pretty special. Her sense of compassion is unusually strong. We sat with Kathleen for awhile and enjoyed the conversation.
We must have sat on 30 of the beds today. Gabby was so happy, wagging her tail and 'smiling' the entire time!
I was very impressed with the Activity Director's attitude as well. Many times, I feel rushed to get to the next patient. This gal allowed the PATIENT to determine how long the stay should be, not HER schedule. She also has so many activities planned! Later today a pianist is arriving and the swing dancers arrive tomorrow. A lively bunch because she keeps it that way. Very impressive. Also, the culture was very diverse. Many times places are so segregated by culture and here, there was a complete mixture.
Toward the end of the 1 1/2 hour visit, we met two woman sharing a room that was totally in love with Gabby. It was the sweetest thing to watch these woman overflow with love towards her. Of course Gabby took it all in and didn't want to leave! I wish I had my camera to photograph her face......maybe next time.
The Activity Director took our names and said she will request us to return. THAT was when I realized we DO make a great team! We are both compassionate especially toward the sick and elderly. It is definitely our calling to meet with these individuals.
I am so thankful God led me to Gabby and to sharing her love with others.
Posted by Dick and Barbara at 12:52 PM