Given all of that, I'm thrilled to have met "Doc Willikers," the Therapeutic Clown who's employed by the hospital. I think if I wasn't a nurse right now, I'd do what he's doing. He's an actor who makes his "rounds" to visit children - performing small acts of magic, playing the ukulele and cracking jokes. He's well versed in hospital procedures (for example, how to safely enter the room of a child who's under isolation precautions), and his act ranges from very silly to quite gentle and quiet (in the case of visiting a mother with a sleeping baby - me might play a lullaby on his uke). Therapeutic clowing has been around for quite some time and there are programs in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, BC, and Montreal. Most excitedly, there is a degree program available in Israel! Can't you just imagine!!?
I can write an entire blog post about the development of Therapeutic clowning (which I may do, soon), but how about a couple of photos of my recent adventures?
|Me and Doc Willikers - he had no idea I was gonna give him a smooch!|
|...but he may have taken it a little serious - the relationship moved along so fast!|
|My own "clowning!" I used a paper bag leftover from the Pharmacy delivery - the kids loved my robot impression, and the other nurses thought I was nuts!|
|My good friend visited me on the 7th! We went out for delicious tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company...|
|...and then antiquing on Main street - I found the Mr. Peanut costume!|
|Mike participated in the Dragon Boat Festival in False Creek with a team from work; "SNC Paddalin!" They weren't close to being the fastest dragon, but they sure had heart!|
|It was absolutely, horrendously rainy. This was the massive pile of cold, drenched PFD's. Ick!|
|Ham & Cheeses. Still having fun, even though they were miserably wet! (I think the Fireball & coffee may have helped to warm the spirit!)|
|Despite the weather, the event was quite spectacular! Hundreds of paddlers, a few dozen boats, and a great view of the city!|