Picture duffel bags, hand made quilts and the shoe room at the new WWMC

We had sun today, we had sun today!! 😀  It was still cool enough for me to wear a long sleeve sweater, but the S-U-N was out.  Kathi has threatened to hit me over the head with a baseball bat so I’ll start sleeping through the night.  I can’t figure it out.  One night I am so tired by 8:00 P.M. I can’t keep my eyes open; the next, I’m in bed at 10:00 P.M. and then up at 2:00 A.M. to 4:00 A.M.  The next night it might be sleep for an hour and up for another 2 hours.  Glad my sleep pattern does not affect my work all that much (just my typing, spelling, etc) 🙄

It was also a very slow day, which makes up for yesterday being so crazy.  I think we only had 7 patients come in today, so that was a nice change from yesterday.  We had lots of time to stock shelves and unpack boxes that arrived on Friday.

They are doing some nice work to the hospital itself.  The building is having construction done just about everywhere.  They started on the far end away from the clothing closet and last year they were remodeling the ward to the right of the WWMC.  Now they have that one finished and they are remodeling the ward to the left of us.  The chaplains have had to move out of their area to the finished section.  They’re trying to set offices up and get back into the routine of everyday life here at LRMC.

The hospital is also changing the pictures that you find in the central hall.  I call them hotel pictures.  They are the type of pictures of flowers in vases, or buildings you have no clue where they are from.  They had just the ugly old poster type hotel pictures.

Well, two years ago a photographer came in and said she would like to take actual pictures and blow them up for the hospital.  She got permission to move forward and started working through GOV contracting.  Two years later and some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen grace the walls of the hospital.  They’re of sights around Europe.  As you walk down the hall, they almost seem to be in a logical order.  The size fits the wall they are on and the scenes flow together.  In a hospital where so much heartache can become the norm, these pictures seem to add a peace that I much appreciate and I am sure the patients and other staff members do as well.

I want to remind everyone that if you send cards from children please do not put an address or email address on the letter or card.  These cards can not be given to the patients.  Since we don’t know if the child has communicated with their parents that they have made contact with another adult, it’s been decided that these cards will not be handed out.  Contact information can be a principal or teacher of a school through the mail.  Also remember that a unique card written for one patient is very special.  Writing the same type of card 50-60 times and seeing that your room mate or battle buddy has the exact same card is not as special.

We opened a box today that was full of hotel toiletries.  Tops had come off and it was a mess.  Please remember that LRMC wishes to receive TRAVEL size.  Lids stay on and they last the 3-7 days that a patient is in the hospital.  I’ve had to throw away 15-20 bottles of shampoo in the last 3 days because of this problem.

I want to let all those that made comfort pillows know that the entire shelf of pillows now belongs to LHCP members.  The last two bags of pillows I could find in the store room belong to LHCP.  They are bringing more from the warehouse, so come next week they might belong to another non-profit, but for this week they are all LHCP.  The quilts that are out belong to many organizations, but I know that one of ours was picked by a Marine today.  I just happened to catch the LHCP label as it was going into his bag.  I’m sorry I didn’t have time to see the name.  It was a quilt, not a fleece blanket; the quilts are usually more popular.  We had some really large fleece blankets come in today.  I tried all day to get someone to take them but they took up almost half their bag and so they didn’t want them.  They are nice, just too big when you are allowed one bag and it’s only 25-28 inches long.

Also, the only pj bottoms I could find today to put out also belong to LHCP.  I know these came from a contact in the NE, but for the life of me I can’t remember who.  There were maybe 200 of them, so if you are reading this you know who you are.

Well, I have to cut this short tonight as I have lots of LHCP business to try to get done, as we have units that need supplies.  I was asked if we support really remote locations.  I can tell you, yes!!  How remote?  So remote that they don’t have bathrooms.  We have been supporting units for many years that just have a toilet made up of a wooden box and a bag.  The bags are burned after use.  I was told this a few years back but was just reminded of it today talking with two battle buddies, and then an email that I reread from last week.  If that is not forward enough or remote enough for you, I don’t know what would be.  We had some pretty bad facilities at some of the base camps I was at in Bosnia but nothing that bad.

Today I worked 9.5 hours thanks to the support of Donnie and Kathy Turrentine and their two wonderful boys.

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