Harp in the Hospital

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Harp Playing in Hospital

I just wanted to take this opportunity to share with you all an experience that I had this past week as my mother was admitted to the hospital with a severe case of pneumonia. She was having difficulty breathing, lacked any strength and could not get much if any sleep. My sister was with her in the immediate hours of going to the ER and then being admitted onto the Surgical ward of the hospital and when she called me to come and take a shift of watching with my mom, she said, “Mom wants you to bring your harp.”

When I got to the bedside, mom looked very worn and was really coughing a lot but could not get anything out so she was just getting worn out but couldn’t get any rest. I tuned the harp up and started to play softly and you could see mom visibly relax very soon and within an hour, she was sleeping. It was mid-day, but I kept playing so she could sleep since she had really not slept any the night before. She got a good hour in before the staff came in and woke her for a treatment.

The ability for the harp to help her relax and get some sleep was really good, but what I had not considered was the effect the music would have on the staff and other patients. All through the day, I had people coming to the room thanking me for the music. They said it was carrying all through the whole unit and the nurses said they hadn’t had such a calm day in their remembrance. Other patients and family would walk by and express their appreciation and ask me to continue – “Please”.

One fellow asked me what I would charge to come play for his wife in her room and I said nothing, and went over to play for her and her roommate. They were both in tears. They had never had the opportunity to hear a harp before and were really touched by the music and the fact that someone would come and minister to them in this way.

Some of the staff commented that they would like to convince the management to hire me permanently because of the whole different atmosphere that was there as the harp music played. It was just amazing how much the harp music affected the whole unit.

Over the next three days, my mom got better – yes there were medicines, but I believe the harp was an integral part of her healing. She was able to get more sleep and finally get rested up so she could heal better. Her breathing got much better and she finally started getting the stuff out of her lungs. She was able to start walking in the halls even without oxygen too.

When the time came for me to leave, there was much protest. “You can’t take the harp away!” I left some of my music mp3 files which admittedly were not as good as live performance, but at least helped ease the parting. Once again, I was reminded through this experience of the power of this harp music and the 528 Hz frequency to calm and heal.

Mom is home now, mending very nicely, thanks to our Heavenly Father, harp music and excellent care by the hospital staff. Thank you all!