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Teaching Life Skills…

Life SkillsI recently had an opportunity to play the harp at the hospital bedside, working in tandem with a Healing Touch practitioner/instructor. It was all about teaching life skills.

The patient was a man who had had a procedure to rid his knee of infection. He had just finished physical therapy so was in some pain (7 out of 10) and was extremely anxious (9). He was worried whether or not the surgery had eliminated the infection and if not, what this meant for next steps. His wife and adult daughter were also in the room.

We began immediately doing Healing Touch and playing healing music. About 15 minutes later, he looked like he was crying. I motioned for his wife and daughter to come over to the bed to comfort him – the wife stood on one side of the bed and his daughter held his feet.

I whispered to the daughter, “Would he like the song ‘Amazing Grace?’” and she said, “Yes and also ‘O Danny Boy’ – this was the song that he and I danced to at my wedding.” These songs brought tears to everyone present.

We talked to him about his breath and how breathing could help him release any fear or pain. As we finished our work together, he was peaceful and very grateful. His pain score was 4 and his anxiety was also 4. To discuss breathing with patients and families in the hospital environment always feels like we are giving them a life skill. What an honor to get to do this work!

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