The woman on the other end of the phone sounded weary and on the verge of tears.
“How long are you able to stay?,” she asked.
“I can be there anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours,” I answered.
“Do I need to be here or are you able to sit and visit my dad while I run errands?,” was her next question.
“I am there to visit with your dad while you do whatever you need to do, even if it’s just to go take a break.”
“Oh, that sounds wonderful. Let me talk to my dad and, well, can you call me back in a bit?,” her tone sounding more upbeat.
“Yes, you talk to your dad, see what he would prefer and ask if he wants me to bring my therapy dog along; I will call you back in an hour,” I suggested warmly.
“Okay, sounds good,” she replied, and as she hung up the phone, I heard her say, “Dad?”
I am looking forward to my next hospice patient.