During my recent eight-day stay at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, I liked to keep the curtain by my hospital room door partially closed. The first thing I would see were the person’s shoes walking into my room. I loved when I would see Noah’s shoes enter my room. I would yell, “Noah!” Then see his handsome face.
I had been in the hospital almost a week when I started my liquid/soft diet. One particular evening, my dinner consisted of puree soup, jello, mint tea and ice cream. Noah was sitting next to my bed as I slowly started to eat my dinner. The door to my room opened and we both looked down at the shoes entering the room. There was something else entering my room. It looked like the person was pushing a dolly. Noah and I looked at each other with puzzled expressions when all of a sudden a woman and a harp on wheels entered my room. I felt confused and excited. I wondered if someone ordered this and why there was a woman, with a warm smile on her face, and a harp now in my room.
The harpist, named Laura, said she was with ‘Music Partners in Healthcare’ which is a company that partners with the hospital to bring therapeutic music to your bedside. She asked if I would mind if she played some music while I ate my dinner. We happily welcomed her into my room. She wheeled the harp past my bed, sat down and began playing heavenly music. I was so thankful Noah was there to enjoy this special private performance with me.
As she began to play a second song, I was in disbelief as I realized it was ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’ This is a very special song between me and my mom. As I looked at Noah, I reached for his hand as tears streamed down my cheeks. I felt as though my mom was right there embracing me. This was just the therapy that I needed. It felt like time stood still, my health was restored and I was not in the hospital. That it was just Noah and I holding hands and listening to the magical music coming from the angel’s fingers strumming the strings on the harp. It was an extraordinary moment in time that will be forever embedded in my memory and heart.
We had a nice conversation with Laura after she played several songs. She and her family are from Sacramento, California. Ironically, her daughter is in school and working part-time at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in the pediatrics unit. That is the same hospital and unit in which I stayed at for several months when I was 18 years old and very ill. What a small world. I reminisced how a therapy dog came into my room during my stay at Hershey Medical Center and how much I appreciated that and expressed my gratitude for her playing music for me and Noah.
“Music is the way our memories sing to us across time.” – Lance Morrow
Thanks to Laura, when I think of my recent hospital stay, I will have this special memory to reflect upon. Listening to the beautiful sound of the harp was healing to my soul. It is important to find outlets and distractions when we are enduring health challenges. Sometimes it is hard to not get consumed by all of the challenges that we are being faced with, but I encourage all of us to find ways to discover enjoyment in every day.
What is your outlet when dealing with PKD and or other health hurdles?