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So I guess I'm starting a quilting charity, and I haven't the slightest idea how to do that, so everyone please bear with me! In my day job, when I'm not quilting, I work as an RN at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Tx. I work on a Med-Surg floor where I see a lot of people nearing the end of their lives. Heart failure, COPD, Renal disease, the kinds of things that people live with for years and years before they really start to die from them. It's rough, for the patients, families, and nurses.
There are not very many good decisions to make near the end of life, mostly just difficult ones. Unfortunately, while modern medicine can often make people live longer, it often cannot make them better. When a family and/or patient makes the difficult decision to stop treating a disease aggressively and place things in God's hands, we do our best to get them moved to hospice. Tyler has a lovely hospice facility which I happen to know several area groups provide quilts to.
However, sometimes the decision is made too late or the disease progresses too quickly and someone spends their last hours or days in our hospital. As nurses we do our best for these families. We get them in a private room. Steal chairs from the lobby so everyone has a place to sit. Give them the code to the coffee room. Still, it seems so inadequate to the situation. Honestly, everything is inadequate to that situation, but as a quilter my first impulse when I see a need is to fill it with a quilt.
So, I'm asking you, blog world quilters at large, to please help. I want to build a stash of quilts for our hospital so that when a person is dying as an inpatient their nurse or the hospital chaplains can deliver them a quilt. Placing a quilt on the hospital bed would warm up the room and it would later be taken home by the family as a memento and transitional object.
Quilts need to be at least 45"x60", so they can be used by the families as throw quilts after they are home. These will almost all, if not all, be given to adults so please keep that in mind when choosing fabrics. Quilts needs to be machine wash/dry safe! Hospitals are NOT clean places so at the very least the quilts will need to be washed once when they are taken home.
The first set of quilts were delivered on April 1, 2015. For more posts about the project and why we do what we do you can read here and here.
I posted a long update as of Sept 2016 here.
|Total quilts delivered: 155|
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