8 September – How lucky was the ICU Team today! A visit from the GOGs and DOGs. Mary from ‘GOG’ and Pat from ‘Mission Stitchin” dropping off comfort care goods and Ruby and Amanda from Delta doing their Sunday rounds. – Kath
September 15 – Adopted today and will from now on will be referred to as Grandma Sunshine. – Kath
14 September – These fiddle toys have so many uses. They are used to comfort children, distract during procedures, provide a confused patient with a source of sensory outlet rather then pulling at lines. We give then to children visiting patients in our unit that are feeling overwhelmed. We give them to patients just having a bad day and need a little positive mascot to cheer them up. Dina found the perfect person to give this one too. – Kath
18 September – When a patient cant choose which blanket they like the most, Nathan and Arnie are happy to model. This photo was taken on our balcony.
It’s very important for our long term patients to go outside in the natural light for whole lot of reasons. Thanks to the blankets, beanies, shawls and scarfs our patients stay longer on the balcony on these cold Canberra days for a good dose of Sunshine. – Kath
29 August – Am always struck by the difference the gowns make. Discharged a beautiful woman who has been in ICU for a very long time. Felt so proud when the ward staff said how lovely was the gown. Now what you stitching knitting fabulous people need to appreciate, is the the humanising effect the gowns have particularly on a disorientated patient with deletion. It was also great to see this woman fiddle constantly with the fiddle toys you provide. Thanks again. – Tess
28 August – Imagine this …. when I asked a young granny who knew she was going to die what was important to her, she said her young 3 year old granddaughter, a lobster last meal, being comfortable and warm, family and Carlton football team. It’s very moving hear her name the Gogster for the child, sit comfortably and warm under the pink knitted GOG blanket, in a lovely Mission Stitchin’ yellow gown, surrounded by family. I wrote memories from her childhood on hand made watercolour cards and placed them in a memory box with a lock of her hair. A beautiful death made so special by the GOGs. Keep knitting. It makes a difference to people that words could never describe but I see it in their eyes … and I can imagine it in the future eyes of a little grandchild holding memories of a treasured granny cuddling a Gogster and reading her granny’s favourite Magic Faraway Tree. – Tess
27 August – It’s not only the patients that love a GOG blanket! – Kath
25 August – Vince our physio is loving the comfort pillows. Not only do they give comfort but they are highly functional in aiding deep breathing and coughing, by acting as a post operative splint to a wound and preventing pneumonia. Great work GOGs ! – Kath
14 August – Dr Manoj is a big fan of the GOGs and all they do to enhance the patient experience. – Kath
13 August – Jane our Pallative Care Co ordinator has definitely got the GOG bug. She often gifts a GOG blanket to the patients in her care. Today the beautiful blanket was chosen with care and love.
11 August – Thank you GoGs for all your hard work making the beautiful comfort care goods. Today I restocked our cupboards from your working bee. On behalf of our staff we really value the time and effort you put into every item. These goods compliment the exemplary care we try to achieve. Thank you from all of us in ICU.
9 August – Our lovely Nurse Manager Lola gifted the beautiful heart pillow to a patient having surgery on his Birthday. It certainly made him smile!
4 August – Miss Lolly was officially adopted this week by a young man who told me Miss Lolly was Sponge Bob Square Pants Nana. He was taking her home to look after his Sponge Bob!
4 August – ‘Twinkle’ was adopted today and complemented this beautiful purple blanket that captured the eye of it’s new recipient.This lovely lady was having a bad day and feeling very sad and lonely being far from her home. A visit with Ruby and a touch of GOG magic with a little Twinkle changed her mood. Just laughed at Twinkle and loved her purple blanket and beanie so much. She said just seeing colour and sparkle lifted her mood. Well done team X
4 August – Visiting the patients on our therapy dog round we meet many patients who wanted to feedback their gratitude to the GOGs. The lovely lady that received this blanket has been making blankets for the Neonatal Intensive Care unit for nearly 20 years but this was the first time in her life she has received a knitted blanket. As a fellow crafter she shared the message of how important it is to feedback to the volunteers and it’s the staff feedback from the NICU that has kept her knitting for 20 years. She loved the blue colours in this blanket and wanted to pass on her appreciation. Looks like Ruby likes it too. X
This blanket was gifted to an old hippy who needed a boost during a long hospitalization. She loved the colors and said every time she looked at it she felt peace thinking of her home down the south coast and watching the whales swim past from her window.
She said it is going to motivate her to get home . Kath Xx
Grateful for the head warming red and white beanie for a patient that made it thru the op, and thru the night….. Pale but looking almost pink with the beanie on. Am always struck the effect of the beanies, not only for warmth, but for their effect on me : There lies a unique human being. Placing a hat on a patient, particularly if they are bald always moves me. And as a nurse there is something profound about covering a cold naked head in a very, very ill person. …. something about an act of hope that almost puts them on the living side of the line…… …… passing on the love to the lovely GOGS. – Tess
As a Goodie, I think I grasp that. So important for us to keep putting love and care and LIFE into every stitch we create. This it’s why I appreciate Mary encouraging members to make what they love as opposed to working to a set agenda. – Amanda
Amanda make what you love. It will always find it’s way to the right person. – Kath
I deliberated when choosing the ‘best fit’ blanket for an incredible young man facing huge challenges. I looked for his football colours and ‘manly’ colours. I settled on a beautiful throw with pink as it’s central colour 🤔. Unnecessarily nervous with my choice of colour I approached the family. They were so grateful, “he loves any colour”. Thank you for bringing colour to a beautiful soul deserving of colour. – Joe
Just some feedback from a grateful family who were very appreciative of the gift of this blanket which they will forever cherish. Thank you GoGs for making a difference to the care we give. – Kath
30 June – Gifted this beautiful royal blue and light blue blanket today to the most lovely man. He has had a long hospital admission. He was so gracious about receiving the blanket and he wanted to relay how important volunteering is to the community and what a difference these hand made gifts are to the human soul and spirit in vulnerable times.
He said to me that the GOGs represent to him caring, community and connections. – Kath
We continue to learn how invaluable the comfort goods that you make are in helping us to give exemplary care to our patients and their families. This week all our Gogsters were adopted!
We found that the different textures of wool and different tones of colour were a great source of comfort for a patient that was seeking sensory calm in our overwhelming technical ward.
The Gogster helped calm the patient down as they continued to run their hand over the different variations of wool. I even found that Gogsters help reduce pain as they evoke laughter. I felt privileged that one was named after me in appreciation, Lady Kathleen.
The sweet bunnies were a great source of comfort and judging by the instant attachment of their new owners will be a special treasure.
Once again, on behalf of our staff, thank you for bringing comfort into our patients lives in difficult days. – Kathleen
Wendy and I had the pleasure of delivering these treasures to Kim and Catherine at the Canberra Hospital Foundation yesterday afternoon. Thank you to all the Goodeze, the hard working volunteers from across Canberra young and old, who made this latest batch possible. Also, thank you to anyone who donated materials or supported GoG during this process in other ways. 💞💖😁