Something as simple as a warm blanket means so much to family caregivers, like Kathy...
Kathy had spent nearly 11 hours by her mother’s hospital bedside when she couldn’t keep her eyes open any longer. After kissing her sleeping mother’s forehead and checking in with the nurse’s station, it was finally time for her to get some rest. The cold chill she had felt all day at the hospital stayed with her as she drove back to Hospitality House.
As Kathy arrived at her Family Suite, all she could think about was staying awake long enough to get in the warm bed. When she made it, she breathed a sigh of relief and began to relax for the first time that day. Kathy wrapped the blanket around herself and for a few moments, listened to the silence – no machines beeping, no people talking, just peaceful silence.
Wrapped in the warmth she so desperately needed, she whispered a prayer for her mother. She was 107 miles away from her home, but somehow she did not feel alone. As she drifted to sleep, she took comfort knowing that people she had never even met had thought of her needs long before she ever could have; and because of them, she was comfortable, safe, and had hope for what the next day would bring.
Each year, nearly 2,000 precious people, like Kathy, are welcomed into Hospitality House of Tulsa while they are facing a family medical crisis far from home. They are scared, weary, and in need of a safe place to seek refuge while their loved one is in a Tulsa-area hospital.