A woman in the hospital for a serious illness meets a little girl who is suffering from pneumonia and the two end up comforting each other.
Beth Vernon was very, very sick and she missed her mom terribly. Her mom had just given birth to her little brother and her dad was far away in Europe on business.
Beth was in the hospital with viral pneumonia and the doctors had told her mom it wasn't safe for her to visit because of the baby. Since her grandparents lived in another state, Beth had no visitors, not one.
Beth was terribly lonely in the hospital. | Source: Unsplash
She lay in her bed crying when one of the nurses came in. "What's wrong, honey?" she asked.
"I miss my mom," Beth said. "She called me, but it's not the same..."
The nurse looked at the pale little girl worriedly. Beth was on medication, but the nurse knew that one of the greatest setbacks to recovery is often despondency and depression.
What could she do? Like the rest of the medical staff, she was overworked and stretched thin. As much as she'd like to, she couldn't sit and keep Beth company.
Then she had a brilliant idea! Maybe she could kill two birds with one stone! Just at the end of the corridor, she had a patient who was just as lonely as Beth...
The nurse walked into Georgiana Halston's room and smiled. "Didn't you tell me you have grandchildren, Mrs. Halston?" she asked.
The nurse had a brilliant idea. | Source: Unsplash
Georgiana, who was lying on the bed and looking listlessly out of the window, sighed. "Yes. I have two granddaughters, but they are in Canada."
"Well," the nurse said. "I have a seven-year-old down the corridor who is very lonely. I wonder if you could cheer her up a bit?"
"My hip hurts," Georgina said. "I can't walk. You know that."
"I know that your surgeon and your physiotherapist want you out of bed and walking around," the nurse retorted. "If you don't move, you'll end up bedridden and you're too young and too pretty for that!"
Georgiana scoffed. "You flatterer! Pretty and young at seventy-five!"
"There's a little girl who needs a friend down the corridor," the nurse said gently. "You could be that friend. It's up to you."
The nurse knew that Georgiana was lonely too. | Source: Pexels
After the nurse left, Georgiana lay on her bed for a long time feeling sorry for herself. Her daughter and her grandchildren were far away, and she too was lonely...
She had been diagnosed with a form of bone cancer, and the doctors had removed a large part of her upper thigh bone. She was still in chemo, but she should be up and about exercising her 'new' leg.
But the truth is that she was frightened. She was afraid the 'new' leg would fold under her just as the 'old' one had, and the terrible pain would begin again.
Georgiana looked at the walker next to her bed and sighed. The idea of the lonely little girl haunted her. She could try. If it was too much for her, she would just come back to her room.
So she shuffled off on her rescue mission holding on tight to her walker. She made it to the child's room with no mishap and paused at the door. "Hello!" she said. "Are you Beth?"
A little girl with big blue eyes looked at her and nodded. "Yes," she said. "Who are you?"
The surgeon said Georgiana should start to walk. | Source: Unsplash
"I'm Georgiana," she said. "But you can call me Georgy. I hope we will be friends 'cause I need your help."
The little girl sat up on the bed. "You do?" she asked. "How can I help?"
"Well," Georgiana said. "My granddaughters live in Canada and I have been writing to them, but they never answer back. I think maybe my letters aren't very interesting, you know? Maybe you can help me figure out what they like to talk about? And maybe help me pick out some presents they will like? I want to be the coolest grandma but I can't do it alone!"
Beth looked excited. "Hey," she said. "I can do that! How old are they? What are their names?"
"My oldest is nine, and her name is Morgana," Georgina said. "And the youngest, Fae, is six."
Georgiana and Beth became great friends. | Source: Pexels
A while later, when the nurse popped her head in, she was delighted to see Georgiana sitting in the chair by Beth's bed happily bopping her head to the sound of Dua Lippa and Little NAs X.
Beth was saying, "This is the kind of sound that's cool. Forget that other stuff..."
The nurse smiled. Beth was chattering, and Georgiana was moving about and their friendship was sure to be beneficial to both. "Nothing heals like love and laughter," she thought to herself.
Soon, Beth was well enough to go home, but she knew she was going to miss Georgiana. "How will you get along without me?" she asked her worriedly.
"Now don't you worry!" Georgiana said briskly. "My granddaughter Morgana has been Skyping me every day, thanks to you teaching me all that cool stuff! And you can Skype me too!"
Beth did Skype Georgiana, but it seemed to her that her friend was looking paler than before and that there were dark shadows under her eyes. "What's wrong?" she asked worriedly. "Are you sick again?"
Georgiana confessed that she hadn't been sleeping. | Source: Pexels
Georgiana said, "I'm having trouble sleeping, that's all. You mustn't worry."
But Beth did worry. "Mom," she said. "I need to go to the hospital tonight. Right now! It's an emergency."
Beth's mom didn't like the idea, but Beth made such a fuss that she finally agreed. She left the baby with a neighbor and drove Beth to the hospital.
Beth went up to the nurses' station and said, "It's an emergency. I need to see Georgy!"
Georgiana was lying in her bed with the lights out when she heard the sound of soft footsteps. "Hey!" Beth said softly. "Georgy! It's Beth!"
"Beth!" gasped Georgiana. "What are you doing here!"
Georgiana fell asleep listening to Beth's lullaby. | Source: Pexels
Beth sat on the edge of Georgiana's bed and took her hand. "You said you couldn't sleep, and when I can't sleep my mom sings me a song."
Then Beth started singing a lullaby in her sweet, clear voice, and Georgiana's eyes filled with tears. "My mother used to sing me that song!" she whispered. "Can you sing it again?"
"Yes, Beth said. "And tomorrow, I'll sing it to you again!" Beth sang the song again and stroked Georgiana's soft white hair until she fell asleep, with a smile on her face and a tear sparkling on her cheek.
What Beth didn't know was that her mom and the nurse were standing in the doorway listening. The nurse wiped a tear from her own cheek and said to Beth's mom: "Georgiana had some bad news today. Her family can't come to visit. But I think your little girl has just poured the balm of love into her heart. I don't know much, but I do know that love is the greatest miracle!"
"I'll bring her tomorrow," Beth's mom said with tears in her eyes. "I'll bring her every evening, while her friend is still here, so she can sing her lullaby."
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