Saturday, May 2, 2009

Rusty the Furry Therapist

This is Jake by the way. We are out of the PICU and onto the Children's Surgical Unit. These are the best rooms in the hospital, but I digress. We got down to the floor and we heard a sound that we had never heard in a hospital before, dogs barking. Our new nurse asked us if we would like to meet the new dog. Nathan was really fussy as he doesn't like driving around in his bed, so we thought seeing a dog might cheer him up. Sure enough, we were right. A couple minutes later we met Rusty. Rusty is a golden retriever who is part of Intermountain Therapy Animals. Donna Olsen brought Rusty in and he laid down next to Nathan. At first Nathan was a little unsure about the dog and was still crying, but Donna had Rusty speak. Rusty barked and Nathan got the biggest grin on his face. He would giggle every time that Rusty would speak and he sat and patted Rusty for a good 15 minutes.

We are so grateful to all the nurses and doctors who have helped Nathan along all this time, but it is volunteers like Rusty and Donna who make our visits special. So once again this is a shout out and a thank you to Donna and Rusty for making Nathan's stay a little more comfortable. We also want to thank the volunteers from the Forever Young Zone who find toys for Nathan to play with. They are so good at picking out toys that he loves.

While we hope that Nathan doesn't remember any of this, Steph and I will always remember the special people who helped us and Nathan through these times.


carolyn q said...

I am glad to read that you guys are out of the PICU and up to the floor. What cool visitors you had. Those dogs are amazing and we are looking to see if we can have some of them attend some of the events for IHH.
My Nathan is terrified of Dogs, any size and though he doesn't have any medical issues I would like to get him connected with those dogs to help calm and reassure him.
I hope your little guys (Nathan's) recovery continues to go in a positive way and please know my thoughts and prayers are with you guys.
Nathan is a cutie!

Tammy said...

Jake you blog.... how cute, and rusty was adorable if you feel you need more time with a dog let me know and you can barrow ours anytime! (she is super sweet has not even nipped at carlee for hurting her) I hope this surgery will be a success and his eating becomes easier for him, get well soon little buddy!

Dan & Calli Ellinger said...

That is so neat that Rusty was able to make Nathan's day. I hope Nathan will be able to heal quickly, we will keep him in our prayers.

Little Bear & Peanut said...

We are glad you got to graduate from the PICU. We look forward to meeting you. Thank you for the kind words you have shared with us.


The Hursts

The Mom said...

So Jake I am impressed with your first blogging experience. Good job except for the sideways picture. But that was easy, I just rotated my head a bit and I could see the picture just fine. Good exercise for me. I am so pleased with the help of Rusty. Nathan looks like a natural around dogs, especially that one. So glad to know that he is doing better but still having some discomfort. It will ease off though.