Mrs. Whitehouse was thrilled to have us and we watched as her countenance changed from hopeless to hopeful. While patting Chester who was glued to her side, our friend chattered on, in whispered tones, pointing to the two-way mirror the nurses were using to spy on her. Really, I thought? ...trying to examine the mirror out of the corner of my eye. And then in hushed tones, she explained that the night nurses were going to take her to the basement and torture her after the sun went down. Hmmm, I was just in the basement....I didn't notice any torture chambers? Keith was shaking his head and rolling his eyes at me. After 35 years of wedded bliss, he seems to know what I am thinking & reads me like a book. He mouthed the word ANESTHESIA and PAIN MEDS to me. Oh, so not really a two way mirror and no underground torture rooms? His head was still shaking , obviously not surprised that I was considering this cconspiracy theory story. Personally, I thought Mrs. Whitehouse was quite convincing on drugs.
When we knew it was time to go, Chester gave a final round of kisses and tail wags, we did the same. Hating to leave our friend, but thankful to see her smiling again, the three of us walked shoulder to shoulder, and tall, out the door and past the nurses station, greeting all. We then rode down the MAIN elevator, smiling to Dr.'s and nurses and visitors. We exited on the main floor, past the Front Desk, then out through the revolving automatic doors. I did notice Chester held his tail especially high, and pranced a little prancier, as we strolled past the questioning looks of the front desk ladies. Mission Accomplished.
Epilogue ~ Mrs. Whitehouse was home within 24 hours. And now, months later, is back to ballroom dancing with her handsome husband. I think perhaps Chester's visit was the turning point. The names in this story have been changed, well to protect the innocent...you just never know about those mysterious night nurses.
Still don't know if this hospital allows Therapy Dogs in ~~ actually, I kind of like not knowing :-)