ICU Feedback – December

Dear Gogs,
This photo was shared with me with permission to share with the GOG community, in appreciation for this beautiful blanket that was gifted during a hospitalization and now continues to give joy and comfort at home.
Thank you GOGs. Xx

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Sometimes it is very difficult for a family member to come into our ICU environment, which for some people many be sensory overwhelming. In these situations we are discovering that if those family members are supported to choose a comfort item, to be placed on their loved ones bed to represent their absence, but show their support. Later the comfort goods will be taken home by the family member that chose it. My colleagues shared this with me and fed back how therapeutic it was.
You are doing good things. Kath Xx

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Craft and Conversation!

Today GOG in conjunction with Northside Community Service held its first ‘Craft and Conversation’ session at Margret Hendry School. The focus today was crochet and getting to know each other. It wasn’t long before chains as long as your arm were being skillfully made and the room was full of conversation and loads of laughter! ๐Ÿคฉ

Thank you to everyone who joined us today, as well as the Northside Community Service and Margret Hendry School for making this possible. We look forward to seeing you all again next week!ย ๐Ÿ˜

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ICU November Feedback

Hey Mr Tangerine Man!

Here is some lovely Feedback!
Unfortunately one of our lovely staff members dad Derek required an urgent and life saving operation and an ICU admission interstate.
This little Gogster was assigned the job of making his recovery a little bit easier and now they are home and are quite the bonded pair.
This was a screenshot of a video in which Derek is saying thank you for your kindness. All the best for your recovery Derek
Thank you to Team GOG! Xx

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Rainbows Rule!

What a wonderful way to make a difference to peopleโ€™s lives you GOGโ€™s folk make๐Ÿ˜Šย You brought care and special gifts for a long term patient who was so happy to receive them. His amazing socks were much admired wherever we went in the hospital๐Ÿ˜ƒ.
So a huge thank you to you all and the special Kathleen! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ฅ

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GOG Drops off it’s First Pink BOM!

Thank you GOGs for this amazing ‘Block of the Month’ (BOM) blanket that you all contributed to, making it very special.
We are keeping it aside for when that special person comes along.
Xxx

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GOGs First Pink Block of the Month Blanket! (BOM) A wonderful initiative that all members have thoroughly enjoyed contributing to!

Remembrance Day

Dear GOGS,
This week Poppy came along and helped us to acknowledge Remembrance Day. We know all the Gogsters are special but we decided to keep Poppy aside for a veteran or a defense worker. In the meantime Poppy will hang out with Tanya in the social work office waiting for that special person.

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Rainbow Bear

This gorgeous little rainbow bear was adopted by a little girl doing it tough
Thank you GOGs! X

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Inaugural Block of the Month Blanket

Thank you to all of the makers from the bottom of my heart.  The 36 tiles and the stitcher make me think of stories they were thinking when crocheting, โ€œwill I put this colour with thatโ€, โ€œwhat design is my tileโ€ and what all these people might be doing in their day.  Itโ€™s just such a great distraction to an otherwise horrible experience.  When you go into surgery you leave your clothes in a bag.  Youโ€™re stripped bare, put your faith into the surgeons and hope Lady Luck is on your side.  It takes the edge off a very raw and blunt experience where you have to claw back from base of basics. 

Thanks Mary and the team, you are sensational!!!  Oh, and I did not know that I could rock pink so well!!  Chris

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Dogs and GOGS

Two of my favorite projects Dogs and GOGs ๐Ÿ˜Š it is so wonderful to offer this sort of support to our patients and families thank you everyone who make is possible, we couldn’t do it without your acts of kindness ๐Ÿ˜˜ – Carly

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Gogster Goodness

We just keep learning why patients love these gogsters and pillows.
Yesterday a patient was telling me how much she missed her cat sitting on her bed.
How she missed that pressure feeling on her legs and reaching down to feel soft fur that would give a feeling of comfort and protection.
I thought she would be a great candidate for the cat pillow that unfortunately I don’t have a photo of but attached is a picture of Joel who loves giving the Gogsters out.
Guess what it was a complete hit.
It reminds us how important our pets are to our sense of wellbeing.
She referred to the pillow of giving her some solace until she gets home.
The tactile design, the colour and the big contented cat face was a winner

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GOG Love

I have been meaning to post a message here…๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜

Last week I had the pleasure of caring for a wonderful person who was incredibly unwell. I felt so privileged to care for him, and to fold and place the chosen blanket and crocheted toy on him each time I turned him and provided pressure area care/skin care. Each time I did it, I placed the beautiful, thoughtful knitted goods aside, did his personal cares and took giant pride as I placed them back on him; knowing that his children would hold the items after he passed away, and how important these items will be in the future. I hope the beautifully crafted goods provide solace to his children for many years to come. Thank you Gogsters; for providing a beautiful, caring hug to everyone, myself included ๐Ÿ˜˜ – Bec

Happy Christmas from GOG!

Thank you to all the Goodeze that were here today and to all our GOGS who couldn’t make it today, for all that you’ve done throughout the year! ๐Ÿ’ 

The spirit of Christmas was alive and well at the GOG Christmas Lunch at the Raiders Club today. From amazing Christmas, and non-Christmas themed goodies made with love for the Canberra Hospital, to some wonderfully inspired Secret Santa gifts, it really did feel like Christmas.

Of course, being a party there was also some fun and games, plenty of eating, a little drinking, lots of chatter and some wonderful Christmas inspired outfits, and being GOG, some hooking, some knitting and even some sewing in of last minute labels for donated goodies.

Huge thanks to the team who worked behind the scenes to make today happen and to everyone who came along, with a special shout out to our ‘Littlest Crochet Boss’, the Mission Stitchin’ crew and the wonderful Canberra Hospital team without whom all our stitching efforts wouldn’t be able to reach the people who need them most. It’s been an amazing year of growth and I can’t wait to see what the year ahead brings! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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GOG Inventory and Cataloging

Doing inventory is quite a job!ย ๐Ÿคฏย Each item its photographed, then the photo is uploaded to the cloud where it’s link is copied and embedded on the spreadsheet next to the donor’s name for permanent record and future reference. Massive THANK YOU for all the initials on your tags!! You save us hours of guessing and texting back and forward!ย ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

When two of us work together it’s much faster, since one drives the laptop and the other takes photos and moves stock from the bench (to enter) to the table (complete, ready for sorting and packing). We’ve grown exponentially over the last year and have gone from cataloging 10 items after a working bee, to often over 60 in the past few months! So a huge thank you from me to Amanda. You have made this ever growing task more manageable and enjoyable.

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GOG Working Bee – 17 November

Thank you to everyone who came along to our last GOG WB for the month. In addition to the usual exchange of knowledge and ideas, show and tell, good cheer and laughter that we are all accustomed to, we felt very privileged to have a visit from a couple of very special people today, Ashleigh and her mum Sue. Ashleigh recently spent a significant amount of time in ICU and received several Goodies from GOG including the very special ‘Zeb’ the Dogster. She popped in today to share with us how important receiving these gifts from GOG were to her and her family and wanted us to pass on her thanks to everyone involved in making these special items. I would like to thank Ashleigh and Sue sincerely, for taking the time to pop in today and for her very precious feedback (and the box of chockies!)๐Ÿ˜‰. We wish her all the very best for her continued and speedy recovery! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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‘Kind Awards’

What a surprise Tess, Mel and I had today. Our support of GOG was recognized and we were nominated for a ‘Kind Award’.
We received these pins by our Executive Director who thanked us for our support of the patient experience through the provision of the comfort care goods. We would like to acknowledge Carly Silberberg who took the time to write 3 nominations, who supported the project in its beginnings and who advocated for the project and sold the vision to our changing executive.
Today GOG was formally recognized for upholding the values of ACT Health being kind and creating exceptional care together.
Thanks GOGs, you do us proud.

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Meet GOGS Newest Goodies – Fiddle Mupsters!

Introducing our newest ‘Goodies’ – ‘Fiddle Mupsters’!ย ๐Ÿ˜ย Thanks to Kathryn, we now have a very special way to use the larger teddies and soft toys that are generously donated.

These’ Mupsters’ are designed to be used by patients with Alzheimers and Dementia and will help to provide comfort in a variety of ways. As well as having small crocheted items attached to keep fingers busy during distressing times, it is hoped that they will also be a soft furry companion to share the day with, or a comforting link to the past.ย ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’–

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