Just taking a moment to share how equally amazing Mary Barlow’s leadership and the GOG community are. There are often special requests from nursing staff, social work, patients and families in other Canberra hospitals and TCH requesting GOG comfort care goods or gowns from Mission Stitchin for end of life care or long term patients. These requests are either made on the GOG FB page or calling ICU or the Foundation. Often these requests are for urgent specific purposes. Mary prioritizes her life and puts others first and always finds a way and resources to get the comfort care goods to patient care immediately. Often this goes unrecognized. Not today because I thought I would shout out thanks to Mary and the kindness of the GOG community who support this amazing service to our patients in the Canberra community.
Great News! Sterlo has been Adopted!
Great News! Sterlo has finally been adopted. He made the day of a die hard eels supporter. Well done Thim for organizing this adoption. I don’t think we will forget the joy on the face of the recipient for a long while
Gogsters come in all shapes and sizes and this little guy proved to be a perfect fit for a patient that had neck surgery and had spent the last few days with a rolled up towel for neck support.
Not anymore thanks for the comfort and the giggle the patient said..
Footy ‘Goodie Dolls’
The GOG fiddle toys are useful in many ways. They are used as comforters, distraction tools and fiddle toys for the young and elderly.
Recently one of our staff discovered that they also provide children comfort that are separated from a parent who is also a patient. We often send these toys home with the message that they are from mum or dad who are thinking about you at home.
In honour of International Year of Nurses and Midwives, and to celebrate Nurses Day, GOG decided to mark this occasion during unprecedented times, with a special project.
The idea was to create an individual hand-stitched flower 🌺brooch to be presented to each nurse within ICU and infection control, to show our support and heartfelt gratitude for these selfless and hardworking members of our community.
Last week, Mary and Amanda were thrilled to be able to make the presentation to the ACT Chief Nurse, Denise Patterson, the Critical Care executive team including Executive Director, Lisa Gilmore, Assistant Director of Nursing, Gillian, Dr Bron, Dr Manoj, Genevieve and their wonderful team of nurses in the ICU.
The joy on the face of each nurse after choosing their special flower, was as they say ‘priceless’. Thank you to Kathleen for her support in this and to all the Goodeze who were eager to participate, and who managed to keep our little secret, despite so many of these ‘heroes’ being part of our GOG community on Facebook! 😊💖
Trystan is our resident Gogster adoption facilitator. This little guy found a home last night.
International Nurses Day
Happy International Nurses Day. Thank you so much to Mary and the GOG community for your kind donation of the beautiful poppies to commemorate 2020 Year of the Nurse. The ICU and Infection Control staff where so touched by your generosity. The feedback I’m receiving is overwhelming with most saying the poppy will be a very special keepsake and a reminder of how we all came together and supported each other in this extraordinary year.
Many have said they will wear the poppy every year on International Nurses Day. Thanks for thinking of us Xx
So excited today to visit Pat and the girls for their first workshop for 2020!!🤩 Could not believe the number of gorgeous rugs, beautiful gowns and crocheted therapy dolls! You girls are angels! Thanks Pat, June,Lynn, Rosemary, Lucie, Marylin, Helen! 💖
Once again, we had another fun as well as informative Zoom WB this afternoon! 🤩 It was great to see the projects that everyone’s been working on and to pass on some feedback we’ve had recently.
Our special guest star today was Chris Odell. For those who don’t know, Chris is a former ICU patient who regularly joins us to chat about his GOG experience. He’s a passionate and inspiring Goodie himself these days, and it’s a real treat to have him join us when he can. To thank him for giving up his afternoon to join us today, Robin decided to give him the honour of choosing the next BOM colour theme! We all look forward to seeing his BOM square at the next Zoom WB! 😉
I’ve recorded our little chat and will put it up on our facebook page for those members who couldn’t attend today and who may interested in hearing his amazing story. 😁 Thanks Chris and everyone who joined us today. It was great to see you all!! 🥰
Here are just a few of the Goodeze who popped in and joined us at our Zoom Working Bee this afternoon! 🤩 Along with the usual catch up and show and tell, we had Kath drop by from ‘down on the farm’ as our special guest to enlighten us on the GOG gifting process. We videoed the ‘interview’ which will be uploaded on the next few days. We were introduced to everyone’s cute crochet companions 🐈🐕🦜and to Zoe’s newest hobby, sourdough baking! 🍞😄 Thanks for joining us today, and I hope to have another special guest join in a fortnight’s time. 😉 💜💚
ALL of us here at GOG would like to send our love and heartfelt gratitude to the amazing nursing staff in ICU, and all ACT health staff who always put others before themselves. You are our heroes! 🌺💐 Please take care of yourselves and your families at this difficult time. 💖💖
Last week I had this special delivery of gorgeous Goodie dolls and rug from the SFX Wolverines! 🤩 They’ve continued to ply their craft, develop their skills and have produced some simply beautiful work! 😍. I can’t wait to see their creativity over the coming weeks! Thank you Sue for continuing to support GOG and inspiring and supporting so many amazing students. 💖