blogTreasure Hunting in the Hospital

July 09, 2014
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Bringing fun to the doctor’s visit.

Doctor’s offices, hospitals, any place that is related to sickness…I get a little stressed. Whether I’m there to treat my own malady or to accompany someone on their quest for treatment, I get a little squeamish. When my nerves don’t get the best of me, my emotions do. Being the emotional, empathetic type, I sometimes get overwhelmed thinking about what others are feeling and knowing I can’t help them. It wrecks me sometimes.

When I do have to make such trips, I try to find creative ways to combat the stress and/or negative emotions I may feel. Today, I may have outdone myself, with a little bit of drawing and treasure hunting…well hiding, as I didn’t actually do any hunting.

First I drew a few pictures, one for hiding and one for the person I was with. One drawing was of a cat skull with a unicorn horn surrounded by a stippled heart. The other was of a little Charlie Chaplin mouse. Not the most difficult work, but relaxing was the name of the game. The cat skull was my treasure drawing. One of my best friends happens to work in the building I was visiting, so I figured I’d bring a little joy to her day by sending her on a treasure hunt. I saw it as a customized version of geocaching. The drawing ended up hidden behind a large canvas on the 3rd floor of the hospital. As a hint, I sent only a photo of the canvas to my friend, along with a few tips on extracting the treasure. She found it and apparently had a few good laughs while doing so. This was so much fun that it is going to become a regular activity during visits.

 

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