Saturday, May 9, 2009

Coulter's Comfort



While we were staying at the ICU of the Dalton Hospital I noticed that a couple of ladies were delivering quilts. Being that I am a new quilter, I began to ask questions. My niece then told me that her daughter, my great-niece, had received one of the quilts. I then went up to the patient representative, Ashley, that was delivering the quilts, and asked where they came from. She told me the most heart wrenching story.

Coulter was not a crier. But one bad day at the clinic, after numerous procedures, he had enough. On the way home he began to cry. And he cried and he cried and he cried. This went on for hours. It broke my heart to see him so sad. I went to the psychologist at the clinic who suggested giving him a blanket to create a 'safe' place for him. He could hide under the blanket, make a tent, or make it a 'no ouchie' zone. What ever worked for him. Coulter loved teletubbies, so the next day we went to the store and got two yards of fabric. I made one blanket for Coulter and one for Annika. It did the trick. He loved the blanket! And, while he never slept with it at home, it went to the hospital a lot with us and on the way home he'd throw it over his head and sleep under it. It gave me a great sense of relief to have given him some comfort.

This child's Mom started a group of ladies in Georgia that makes and donates blankets to children who for whatever reason have to be in or at the hospital in honor of Coulter. I think this is an awesome outreach and a help to so many children. You can visit their website for more information.

5 comments:

Valerie said...

Wow. This all happens right here where I live and I didn't even know it. Thanks for sharing this. I will check out the website. This is really special people to do this.

Mari said...

Great outreach and such a good idea!

Mari said...

I loved the comment you left at my site. I hadn't thought about our Mom's knowing each other in Heaven but when I thought about it, I'm thinking everyone knows each other there. Isn't that a blessed thought?

heidi @ ggip said...

The baby got a quilt when he was in the hospital! It was orange and blue and it really brightened up the hospital stay.

Mississippi Songbird said...

Beautiful quilt.. I hope you have a great weekend..