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Old 06-23-2012, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Many years ago I was in critical condition in the hospital. After being in a medically induced coma for 3 weeks and still not out of the woods my nurse even suggested our kids could bring Paul, my Bichon Puppy up for a visit if we all promised not to tell and brought him in a big bag. The conspiratorial tone helped to make the visit a real moral booster to us all, especially me. I had missed him so much and he just stayed cuddled next to me for a full hour. It did wonders for my deep depression and they brought him 2 more times. I always wondered if the doctors were in on it and knew how much good it would do me.

Some Hospitals Allow Patients' Own Dogs to Visit - ABC News
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Why shouldn't your best friend be allowed to visit with you?
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:19 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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ive seen the good therapy dogs can do in childrens wards, for greiving family, cancer patients and the elderly...
my only concern is the risk to those with allergies/compromised immune systems...
therapy dogs are immaculatly groomed before their visits to hospitals, pet dogs wouldnt nessicarily be so...so i definatly see the hesitation and potential risks (plus there liability should your dog get loose or nip someone ect...)

but as i said, ive seen the good animals do for people and definatly think there needs to be some kind of setup for "pet" visitation too...
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:36 PM
 
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I am so happy you got better and came home!

I hope and trust your still feeling good
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I am so happy you got better and came home!

I hope and trust your still feeling good
Thanks Dude. That was 20 years ago and I did live through that serious illness. I'm home now after having to have an emergency pacemaker installed Wednesday. Not fun but at least I'm alive.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Many years ago I was in critical condition in the hospital. After being in a medically induced coma for 3 weeks and still not out of the woods my nurse even suggested our kids could bring Paul, my Bichon Puppy up for a visit if we all promised not to tell and brought him in a big bag. The conspiratorial tone helped to make the visit a real moral booster to us all, especially me. I had missed him so much and he just stayed cuddled next to me for a full hour. It did wonders for my deep depression and they brought him 2 more times. I always wondered if the doctors were in on it and knew how much good it would do me.

Some Hospitals Allow Patients' Own Dogs to Visit - ABC News
Wow! I didn't read the article you linked to; I only read your story. And... WOW! I'm so happy that Paul was able to come keep you company and help you get better quicker. That's really beautiful and it makes me feel happy-weepy.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:53 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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And to think that this is how it is for committed same sex couples in many places. No visitation rights.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:04 AM
 
Location: New England
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And to think that this is how it is for committed same sex couples in many places. No visitation rights.
Red herring. There is if proper legal work is done. Power of Atty is a start.

Anyhow, I wasn't even going to reply to the above, I just get sick of one sided agendas spreading false information...ignorantly or not.

Kudzu, I too would most likely want my fur friend with me, but at the same time I can understand from hygiene reasons why they can't have an open policy on pets. (Then again, some of the hospitals I've seen need to look in the mirror on that front as they are flip nasty. lol )

Glad you are healed up and back home, it sounds like you had one heck of a journey.
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