We are experiencing a time like none other in history. We are being asked to give up our personal privileges and freedoms for the greater good. We are urged and now ordered in some places to stay home and stay healthy.
For the average American much of the consequences from this pandemic are losses that we will recover from, but for others it is literally life and death. I do feel my own sense of sadness for our vacation that was cut short, for the loss of a schedule for my kids, and for being isolated from my family, friends, and new found gym community, but I am also no stranger to this type of isolation (we do a lot of isolating in the winters for Finn’s sake) and I know, as my mother always used to say, “this too shall pass.”
While I feel sadness for my own small losses, my heart aches for those experiencing great hardships. For family members in hospitals the strict visitor restrictions are putting incredible strain on families. For older patients they may not be allowed ANY visitors, and many babies and children are only allowed to have one parent with them who may not leave or trade off with another parent for fear that they will bring in the virus from the outside.
This means one parent has the burden of being in the hospital 24/7 and another parent has the burden of not being able to see their child. Siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles cannot even consider a visit to see the child, deliver food, or offer a respite for the parents by being with the child.
As a mom who had a child in the hospital I can only imagine how challenging this time must be. Our family was everything to us and the time that both my husband and I got to spend with our son helped our bonds grow in those early days.
Finn the Panda is a tool I developed to help babies and children bond with family members who cannot be with them during their stay in the hospital. A baby or child can hear grandmothers voice or smell dad’s scent, and all the while be protected from any germ exposure with the antimicrobially treated cashmere.
The gift of a Finn the Panda can offer some comfort, some bonding, some peace to families with a child in the hospital during this incredibly challenging time. If you would like to sponsor a panda for a family I am offering a 20% discount with the code: STAYSTRONG.
There are those of us who the best thing we can do right now is stay home for the sake of these families and others like them, and the best thing these families can do is stay strong and to continue to do the best they can for their child. To help them do just that click here to sponsor a bear.