POD shows at Great Ormond Street Hospital
Today was one of my regular visits to Great Ormond Street Hospital with POD. I covered 5 different wards.
Koala can be tricky as most children are stuck in their rooms but I found Mickey in the play room ( Mickey isn’t his real name.) I never ask what is wrong with a child. Sometimes it is obvious, sometimes not. It doesn’t matter. I’m more interested in how a child feels. Mickey was in a great mood to play and so was his dad. We started with some juggling and plate spinning, then Mickey got his own personal magic show. Mickey doesn’t live far away from me and his dad thinks he has already seen my show once or twice. Mickey was laughing so much that his dad had to make sure he didn’t fall off his seat. I popped into see Anna ( again, not her real name.) She was a bit sleepy but I had a chat and I told a little story to her using some cards and characters from Frozen. She was trying hard not to smile, but within a few minutes there was a cheeky grin on her face.
Puffin ward has had a move around and they have lost their lovely big playroom. I think Darren had been tidying up because the new room, although small was spotless. Safari is normally quiet after lunch, but not today. We have a new play specialist there and I did a full show. I even had a mum and nanny joining in. I did two more full shows, in the Activity centre and in Giraffe. They were both a lot of fun. Its amazing how quickly children can forget how poorly they are and just for a few minutes join in, like any other kid. I expect a few had a nap afterwards.
I think that today has been the most exhausting day I have had at GOSH but for many reasons has been the most rewarding. And yes, I did have a nap myself on the train home and nearly missed my stop.