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Wearing A Different Hat

Submitted by Connie Muscenti, CMP St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, GA 7/19/18
WEARING A DIFFERENT HAT…
Imagine a small room filled with family; two little light-haired girls tossing flower petals; a bride holding a lovely bouquet of field flowers and wearing an old-fashioned, cotton plaid dress; a groom with a boutonniere of peach colored roses; a sincere, young pastor; and Bach’s music, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” setting the scene. One could easily assume that I was in a tiny country church playing music for a young couple ready to say their vows.
But not today.
Today, Annie, the bride, was in a makeshift wedding dress made out of a hospital gown and Henry, the groom, was lying back in an ICU bed, with his boutonniere pinned to his hospital gown.
Earlier that day, after I had played therapeutic music for Henry, Henry’s ICU nurse learned that Annie and Henry had made plans to renew their wedding vows that afternoon, after 25 years of marriage. Through the ingenuity of the ICU nursing staff and the availability of Henry and Annie’s pastor, it all came together. The nurse got the biggest smile when I said I could come back for the event. (A lovely wedding is always enhanced with “live” music.) It was such an honor to play music that supported their intentions of renewal and witness the strength and power in Annie and Henry’s love for each other. Annie’s text to me, later that evening meant so much: “I want to thank you again for coming back when you didn’t have to. You made it even more special! Thank you!!! May God Bless you 10 fold.”
Dear Annie & Henry, may you both be blessed 10 fold!
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu

2019-02-26T02:35:38+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Blog Post, Patient Experiences|0 Comments

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