Category Archives: Health care

HIP TRIP: An illustrated memoir

A year ago, I took up sketching while on vacation. When I realized I was prime for hip replacement surgery, I decided to keep an illustrated record of the experience. Before, during and after hospitalization. Turned out to be a good idea. Helped me keep the fear at bay.

Therapy dog Stella brings smiles to kids at St. Christopher’s Hospital

IMG_2986 Stella is getting ready for her big day. As Joanne Dhody brushes Stella’s teeth, a pink tongue searches for a random smear of beef-flavored toothpaste. Stella is Dhody’s 13-year-old Jack Russell terrier, a registered therapy dog. The two have visited St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children every week for the past 9 years.

I spent the day with Joanne and Stella recently as they made the rounds in the hospital. The folks at  Newworks liked the story and choose the two as “local heroes.” IMG_2989