Today I start with a new project. Patients love to bead but I want to change things up and make the experience a little more creative. I decide we will make our own beads by rolling up magazines pages and newspaper. I take the project to the waiting area to see if I can get people interested. I’m elated that so many people want to participate. Pretty soon, I have a large and diverse group of people engaged in this project. As an AIR, it’s so gratifying to see the transformation from an ordinary, often tense waiting area into one filled with positive energy.
Teresa returned to the waiting area even after her appointment. She is so into the projects that she insisted she finish the beads before she goes home. She is very methodical about each bead and I can see that her focus on this seems to relax her.
She tells me she is tired but wants to continue later. I offer to put the beads and string into a bag and explain how she can finish the bracelet at home. I like to imagine this will bring her a welcome sense of distraction. As she is leaving she says, “You better have another creative idea when I come next week.”…and I will.