Art for Healing

Posted by Harriet Hodgson @harriethodgson1, Oct 26, 2018

Kudos to the Montreal Museum of Fine Art for allowing physicians to write prescriptions for free admission to the museum. And kudos to Mayo Clinic for its art program. From the beginning, Mayo Clinic believed that art can uplift patients and foster healing. Whether it’s Rochester, Jacksonville or Scottsdale, Mayo Clinic displays a wide range of artwork for patients. The Rochester site published a brochure for a self-guided tour of artwork. I live in Rochester and every time I’m at Mayo, I take the time to look at the artwork.

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They are all carved, cut, and sanded from a spruce from Mt Taylor NM. I stained them different colors. Also made a set from red cedar. Have another set made with masonite and painted. That's the one set that I still have. Picture came in side ways?? (Tilt your head). I see them as a horse waterfall.

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@healthtoday these are gorgeous I wouldn't part with them either everyone is creative My husband made arrows as we were into archery A friend of ojrs made Bows .

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@healthytoday

Really struggled with afib after Christmas being too strenuous. As I am recovering and close to normal rhythm again, someone suggested to me to turn off the nightly news and instead watch funny tv/movies or listen to peaceful, harmonious music. When you think of afib, you realize it's the heart in a state of chaos. With this understanding, I want to restore harmony to my heart and the rest of me. Adding more harmonious music while I do yoga stretches adds this ingredient. Apparently, I need a lot of harmony to keep my heart in the state of harmony. Maybe my motto might be, if it isn't harmonious, I'm not interested, ie, nightly news.

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@healthtoday Ive had problems trying to relax before bedtime and yesterday I bought a water fountain Water falls over rocks and lights change colors along with relaxing music I like ocean,brooks it is relaxing for the mind@body.

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Sounds soothing. You can also purchase sounds that are soothing and may prompt sleep, such as the sound of waves on a beach.

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@harriethodgson1 that's what I do listen to nature sounds and watch the waterfall

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@healthytoday

They are all carved, cut, and sanded from a spruce from Mt Taylor NM. I stained them different colors. Also made a set from red cedar. Have another set made with masonite and painted. That's the one set that I still have. Picture came in side ways?? (Tilt your head). I see them as a horse waterfall.

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@healthytoday These are whimsical. Really like them. A horse lover and long ago wrangler.

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@harriethodgson1

Sounds soothing. You can also purchase sounds that are soothing and may prompt sleep, such as the sound of waves on a beach.

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@harriethodgson1 Or a cat purring. Or a breeze blowing softly through the pines. Or owls hooting. I have a CD for sending you into relaxed state, called Evening Rapture. I rarely got through it, as it would relax me so.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@harriethodgson1 Or a cat purring. Or a breeze blowing softly through the pines. Or owls hooting. I have a CD for sending you into relaxed state, called Evening Rapture. I rarely got through it, as it would relax me so.
Ginger

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@gingerw I love all thes nature relaxing tapes I,ll have to look for that one

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@gingerw

@harriethodgson1 Or a cat purring. Or a breeze blowing softly through the pines. Or owls hooting. I have a CD for sending you into relaxed state, called Evening Rapture. I rarely got through it, as it would relax me so.
Ginger

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@gingerw I have discovered some free nature apps. I have a small wireless speaker and place it by my pillow. I find it is helping some to find sleep. Do enjoy the thunderstorms. I found the small wireless speaker on a clearance rack. Best $5 I have spent in a while.

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@parus

@gingerw I have discovered some free nature apps. I have a small wireless speaker and place it by my pillow. I find it is helping some to find sleep. Do enjoy the thunderstorms. I found the small wireless speaker on a clearance rack. Best $5 I have spent in a while.

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Sounds like a wonderful, soothing array to promote sleep.

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@jenniferhunter

Sometimes words are just not enough to say thank you. I am a fine artist. For a couple years, I had been unable to control my brushes and was in constant pain because of spinal cord compression in my neck. I stopped painting because I couldn't produce the quality of work that I expected. I was getting worse and couldn't find a surgeon to help me until I came to Mayo Clinic and met Dr. Jeremy Fogelson. As the days drew closer to my surgery, I had to find a way to be confident and calm, so I used sketching and listening to music to relax. I had been drawing pencil sketches of Dr. Fogelson as my own art therapy to help me on my journey. It helped me get to know him in my own way. I did other things to confront my fears as well, but I always returned to art and music when I needed to escape for awhile. I was calm on my surgery day and everything I did to prepare myself worked like a charm. While I was recovering, I wanted to paint again and to create something for my surgeon. Prior to my surgery, I was loosing what I cherished most, and my surgeon returned that gift to me.

I called his nurse and we arranged for my followup appointment to be on his surgery day, so I could get photos of him in his scrubs. He enjoyed posing for my camera in the exam room for a few minutes and even made me laugh. I had to work out how to match the photos of him with my photos of the Plummer building to make it look believable. I put the history of Mayo behind him with the beautiful carved doors of the historic building, and that was a challenge to draw and paint them in accurate detail.

It took about a month to create this watercolor painting, and I would have to take breaks and lay down to rest when my muscles fatigued. At my one year followup, I hid the finished painting behind the curtain in the exam room until we finished the exam part of the appointment, and then Dr. Fogelson saw this for the first time. It was a complete surprise to him and he loved it. I really painted this for both of us… to say thank you when words were not enough, and to challenge myself to see if I could do it since it had been so long since I had been able to paint. I'm honored to know that he will enjoy this for years to come. I makes me feel good to be able to do this for someone who gave me back the ability to do the job, and knowing how much it meant to him is priceless.

Art has healing power, and creating art takes that one step further for me. I told Dr. Fogelson that there was an emotional side to healing and recovery, and for me that was to overcome the fears that had help me back in my life. Facing major surgery has a way of bringing all of that into focus. This was truly life changing for me in many ways. All of my experiences at Mayo, and my courage are all in that painting. It also represents the talent, the kindness and compassion of my surgeon. At Mayo, medicine is an art. It's also true that art is medicine.

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Here it is! My story as a Mayo Clinic patient using my own art for healing…. and thanks Dr. Fogelson. https://sharing.mayoclinic.org/2019/01/09/using-the-art-of-medicine-to-overcome-fear-of-surgery/

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@jenniferhunter

Here it is! My story as a Mayo Clinic patient using my own art for healing…. and thanks Dr. Fogelson. https://sharing.mayoclinic.org/2019/01/09/using-the-art-of-medicine-to-overcome-fear-of-surgery/

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@jenniferhunter Great story. Kudos to you and the entire team at Mayo!
Ginger

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