I have been in HH for almost 3 months. I have no other HH experience, but if the past 2 1/2 months are any indication, I will NEVER go back to the hospital. With Christmas coming, our behavioral health department has been sending out mini-inservices on seasonal depression with HH pts and the elderly. OK, enough about that! I wanted to start this thread, due to an experience that you can't have in any other form of nursing!
While visiting a pt for the very first time, she started to explain to me that her dog had died last year and was thinking of getting another dog, but that all the ones she saw in the newspaper were out of town. She bagan to become red in the face and tear up. She asked if a year was long enough to wait before getting another dog and (too cute) if "Sampson" (previous dog) would be ok with it? This sweet precious elderly lady lives alone with no family for 30 miles. I asked her if she wanted another dog and her face just lit up. She began to list "qualifications." Female, Spayed, Housebroken, and "not as old as I am." After we got through laughing, I told her I would talk to my supervisor and see what we can do. I couldn't get this off my mind! I called the town shelter, the officer said he had two chiuahuas. They were cute but a little hyper for my pt. I went inside and found the most precious and loving poodle ever. Not intending to to leave with a dog, I did. Long story short! The 5 nurses at our office raised $60 for vet, grooming, toys, bed, food and blanket. All 5 of us piled into one vehicle and took over "MiMi". The owner of our company is paying to have her spayed for christmas. My heart swells everytime I think of what a gift this one simple thing did for my pt. This was an experience that I could have never imagined working in the hospital. MiMi is getting adjusted to her new human companion and Mrs. R just loves her. I checked on both of them Wed before Thanksgiving, Mrs. R was taking MiMi to her daughters for the holiday. Mrs. R has such a smile on her face and is so thankful for her "angels."
Please tell about anyother Heart warming experiences you have!