A man was admitted into the hospital where he worked. He was receiving IV therapy for a staph infection and was surprised when one of his pals from pharmacy hand-delivered the next liter….with three goldfish circling inside! He, his buddy, and his nurse laughed themselves silly. Then he schemed, “Don’t tell the nurses on the next shift about the fish.”

At the change of shift, he hung the bag on the IV pole and taped tubing from it to his IV line so it appeared to be connected. Then he pressed his call button and said, “My IV has a problem.”

A newly hired nurse, recently out of school, entered the room and started checking the IV site at his wrist, as trained to do.  Seeing no problem, she traced the line upwards, checking each connection.  As she got half way up multiple tubes, the movement of one of the fish caught her eye.  She shrieked so loudly that the patient jumped higher than she did! Even the fish jumped! Then they all laughed…and laughed…and laughed.

The day after, a patient from the adjacent room stopped at his doorway. “You know, I’ve been in the hospital a lot recently, but this was absolutely my best hospitalization.”

“Why is that?” he asked.

“Because laughter is good medicine. Nurses and patients need a dose more often.”

Now, I’m not advocating “fish therapy” or practical jokes at work. But I am advocating laughter to help us all heal.

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