Flowers for an ICU Patient

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Due to the need to keep an ICU patient in a germ free environment, fresh flowers are not allowed. Beautiful photos of flowers can brighten someone's day, and show that you care.
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May 21, 2008

When my sister-in-law was in the ICU for an extended period, we weren't allowed to visit and she wasn't allowed to have flowers or gifts, but she did have a bulletin board, so I got a little creative with my get well wishes.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes

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Take a (digital) photo of flowers in your yard, a pretty houseplant, or a bouquet at the grocery store. Since it was early spring, I just went to my lilac bush and found this fine yellow fellow snacking away. Print it out at 5 x 7 inches. Trim if needed and attach to card stock. Write your message in the border. Optional Method: Use your photo editing program to put a colored background behind your subject and type your message right on it as shown here. Save as a jpeg and print it out.
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By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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May 21, 20080 found this helpful

That's a terrific idea and (I think) so much better than a purchased card...although those are very welcome also. This shows you were thinking about the person for quite awhile and willing to put some work into a presentation. I've spent a fair amount of time in hospitals looking at white walls and would really have appreciated this effort from ANYBODY!!

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May 22, 20080 found this helpful

Hi,
This brings back to mind what I did a few years ago for an elderly friend that was recooperating after a fall. She was in a care facility. I decorated the little bulletin board in her room with silk flowers and when she received cards they were placed on the board. She received alot of compliments from this creation.

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By anna (Guest Post)
June 26, 20080 found this helpful

This is a great Idea due I was an ICU and I am now an Onocology nurse and flowers are a no no due to reduced immune systems and the bacteria on the flowers and a lot of flowers get in the way of caring for a patient. What a wonderful way to show you care and brighten up a room!

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