Just for the patients

Today I had a different kind of day. Normally I go to two or three facilities in a day and stroll the hallways to play for the general populations as well as Compassionate Care Hospice patients (with whom I spend more time). Today I went to five or so and spent some extra quality time with some patients – most of whom were new to me – and in a couple of those facilities didn’t play for any of the other residents. Now that I’ve been given more facilities to play for, I’ve got to arrange my time more clearly with marketing hours and patient hours. I still have a slight feeling of guilt when I don’t play for others, especially if I’m walking through a hallway and someone points to my case and says “What’s in there?” and I say it’s a harp. They say “Oh are we going to have music” kind of excitedly, but sometimes I have to tell them “Not today” and in my head continue with “and I’m not sure if ever.” Going back to my “Making choices” entry, the problem is, now that I have more places to go, I don’t have the time and/or energy to stay at each one to play for the rest of the residents. I believe, though, that I will be able to arrange my schedule such that I play in each facility at least once a month for the general population as well as the patients, and a second time just for our patients. I haven’t tried it out yet, but it seems to work on paper and in my head. We’ll see how it goes…


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