Maddee turns 10.

m 003every other Tuesday she leads me out of my comfort zone into Beaumont Hospital where she non-judgmentally comforts all of those around her.  She travels through a family waiting room with dignified caring eyes and hugs that could fill an ocean.  She, if for only for a moment takes a family’s concerning thoughts away from the loved one they are there for.  I find myself out of my comfort zone often when we visit.  Each morning before we arrive I call to learn about what patients have asked us for a visit on that day.  We never know where our travels will take us. We go everywhere we are asked: ICU, Psych , Hospice, Cancer, Children.  I see so much that I do not want to see.  Maddee pulls me through. This past Tuesday we visited an individual for the second time in ICU.  Two week ago she was on a ventilator; only her eyes could move. There were so many tubes and machines around her, I did not know how we could be of any help.  So Maddee put her front paws as close as I could get them next to her hand  where was inserted a tube.  I took her hand and gently rubbed it against Maddee’s beautiful coat. There was little to no response.  Before I left, I taped the below picture on one of the feeding bags hanging in front of her.  IMG_1451I told her that the little one, “Miss Sophie”, was in training to do the same as her big sister someday.  I left her room in silence.  This Tuesday when I called for our assignments, she was still there.   I searched through my photography collection and pulled a number of prints: sunsets, birds, squirrels; anything that I thought could make her day a better day.  We arrive; her ventilator was now gone. Maddee said her hello and I pulled out my dozen or so pictures. One by one in silence, we traveled through a world that she had not seen in quite some time; the outdoors. I could sense she felt something.  Then came a faint movement.  Her lips moved; she smiled.  With that I knew that Maddee and I did what we came to do.  As we left that day out of her room, out of the ICU unit and on our way to our next assignment,  I got on my knees and hugged this precious bundle.  Without her beside me, never could I have done what I did on this day.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart

Author: MyGhostinMe

Instigator/Writer/Conceptual Developer/Space Explorer/FBC: I am a creative spirit, an old soul and an instigator. My introverted tendencies instigate me to actively seek and explore outside of my comfort zone. It defines me... My favorite joy's are twofold: to create something from nothing....and to look at what is...seeing what could be. I call it creative instigation.


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