ICU Feedback July

‘Comforting Clarence’

1 month ago today my mum passed away in the ICU. She had deteriorated very quickly and even though she was able to go to Clare Holland House we decided not to move her and upset her further. The ICU staff moved her to a single room and looked after her wonderfully till she left us.

The day before she passed away I came in to find this little guy sitting on her. His name is Clarence and mum would have loved him. Sadly she didnt wake up to see him, but he is now at home with me forever more and is a part of the family.

GO Team GOG!

24 July – COVID 19 has definitely brought many challenges. The visitor restriction regulations have been hard on some of our long term and chronic care patients. At the moment only one visitor can come in and this is very hard for some of our patients.

One lady was missing her grandchildren so much after a long hospitalization, and with no end in sight regarding the lifting of restrictions, Tess came up with a brilliant idea. Together they choose some comfort care items (all packaged according to infection control protocols) to send to the children at home, to let them know their Nana was thinking of them, and in a way, with them through the care items.

Thank you team GOG for the care you help us give in these challenging days. X

Thank You GOGS!

Thank you GOGs!
We received a full suitcase of beautiful blankets,fiddle toys, beanies and Mission Stitchin’ gowns today. Our shelves are well stocked and our register shows that we have provided many blankets for families and patients for comfort care at the end of life, over the last few weeks. We are very appreciative of the care and kindness of your donations and they definitely complement the care we give!
Thank you!

GOG Birthday Wishes

” I can feel the love that’s gone into making this blanket “
Thanks GOG for making this patients Birthday extra special with a beautiful blanket.

Footy Fever

We have been reflecting on how popular the footy blankets have been over the last month.

We really appreciate how GOG has responded to the number of individual patient and family requests for a blanket knitted in their favourite team colours.
We recently received feedback from a patient describing how the footy blanket transformed the clinical hospital environment into a homely place and gave them comfort during a lengthy hospital stay.
Thank you GOGs for making the patient journey more comfortable

MICO finds a home!

Gogster Adoption! Mico has been waiting a while but today he was adopted.

The Gogsters have many functions. They can be adopted just because they can lift someone’s spirit, or they can be used to elevate healing limbs or splint a chest for coughing or a wound on a turn.

As for Mico being bright orange he was meant to brighten this patients day.
Thank you GOG!

More Adoptions!

We love our ‘eyes and ears’ inside the hospital that can pass on such amazing feedback! See below for just another reminder of the power of your handmade comfort items.

“I’m nearly 90. Receiving this blanket took me back to when I was a child and my mother knitted one just like this one. It reminded me of the love my mother gave to me. I don’t feel so alone now. It’s like a mothers hug to me…
Thankyou GOGs

Health worker holding Good Omen Goodeze comfort items.
More of our recently adopted GOG comfort items!
“International Nurses Day was the 12th May but all of our Nurses are still wearing their poppies on their uniforms.”

Keep up the amazing work Team GOG!

Somewhere, Under a Rainbow

Thank you Bernie for permission to share. We love feedback here at GOG. This rainbow blanket is just too gorgeous not to share.

It was so good that GOG could provide Bernie with a gorgeous blanket during her recovery after all the care and support she has given to GOG and many families and patients over the years in her professional roles. Thanks for being such an advocate of GOG. Special thanks to Jo for the delivery as well.

Thanks again to the GOG community, so that we can provide these beautiful gifts to make a difference in someone’s day.

“There truly are such beautiful people in my life β€οΈ

Thank you sooooo much Kath and Good Omen Goodeze for this beautiful and welcome pressie β€οΈ

And the ever beautiful Joey for hand delivering it along with love rhubarb and bananas πŸ‘πŸ˜˜

Feeling very spoiled ❀️”

ICU Feedback June

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 prioritises 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 unrecognised.

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.

Thanks GOGs for all you do!

Poppies Keep on Popping Up!

Even though International Nurses Day was the 12th May our Nurses are still wearing their poppies on their uniforms.
Thanks again for your acknowledgement!

More adoptions!!

When I was checking the register one of the staff left a note from one of the patients it said…

“I’m nearly 90 – recieving this blanket took me back to when I was a child and my mother knitted one just like this one. It reminded me of the love my mother gave to me. I don’t feel so alone now. It’s like a mothers hug to me…
Thank you GOGs!

ICU Feedback May

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

Zoom Stitch In!

Here are just a few of the Goodeze who popped in and joined us at our Zoom Working Bee this afternoon! πŸ€© 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 πŸˆπŸ•πŸ¦œand to Zoe’s newest hobby, sourdough baking! πŸžπŸ˜„ Thanks for joining us today, and I hope to have another special guest join in a fortnight’s time. πŸ˜‰ πŸ’œπŸ’š

ICU Feedback April

Thank you GOGs for this little Gogster that a Granddad in hospital gave to his little Grandson to make him feel safe and special when coming in to visit.
Your kindness makes a difference.

Dear Mary, Gog Leadership and the GOG Community,
We know you are working hard in self isolation and we appreciate your kind thoughts and messages to all our staff.

We also appreciate the work you do in supporting patient care.
Please take care of yourselves and your families and each other in self isolation.

ICU Easter Bunny!

Thanks GOGs for your Easter Goodies.
The patients were thrilled to get them especially when delivered by the Easter Bunny.

I would like to thank you for the lovely blanket given to my grandma. It has given her many hours of joy and comfort β€οΈ – Max n Gloria

Dear GOGs
Just letting you know that I recieved feedback from a family of how grateful they where of the blanket that was donated by GOG for end of life care.
Thankyou for all you do for others.

ICU Feedback March

Dear GOG Villiage,
Hope you are all well.
Just feeding back that we have been collaborating with infection control on the best ways to store and package the comfort goods.
Our team acknowledge how important the comfort care goods are at the moment.
Many patients are not able to have contact with their friends and family due to the visiting restrictions and recieving a special GOG gift means a lot.

Today we had two patients in our care that must have been the Rabbitos biggest fans.
They where so emotional when receiving the blankets.
Simple acts of kindness can make a big difference to someone’s day.
Thankyou GOGs for your kindness.

Hello to all the GOG community.
Just letting you know that we still continuing to give our your beautiful comfort care goods to our patients. We are working closely with infection control regarding packaging, storage and handling.
We continue to receive the most warmest and heartfelt feedback from families and patients.
Over the last few days nearly all the Gogsters have been adopted. According to our register the blankets are steadily being gifted.
The gowns have been most appreciated by our long term patients and we are continuing to supply to long term patients on the ward as well. We found one lady had been in a hospital gown for nearly 9 months. I will never forget how excited she was choosing new gowns, beanies and bandannas.
Thank you to the GOG and Mission Stitchin community
Let’s look after each other in our village and regularly check in with each other at a social distance of course.

A Sweet GOG Story….

Every thing we craft has a story, sometimes it’s a ‘simple’ one: a trip to the store to purchase yarn; a find from the GOG stash of yarn that sings to us; practicing a new stitch; or, working a well known favourite … sometimes, as with Kathryn and Marnie’s recent granny square rugs the story is more ‘complex’ and isn’t fully known as we pull together and finish work that some-one else started. Sometimes though, we know the story … earlier this month I was gifted a stash of yarn from my niece’s mother-in-law, she had passed away a number of years ago and it was only while the family were cleaning out the family home after the father-in-law’s death did the stash resurface. Hidden in the stash was a started granny rug with enough yarn to complete it, so in honour of the original crocheter and her family here is ‘Tricia’s Rug’ ready for the next chapter in its story …