I thought about this at clinical on Tuesday when one of the residents was riding up and down in his scooter listening to Reba. Everyone really enjoyed it.
So Later, when I was talking to one of my patient's wife, I asked her what type of music her husband liked, as he was a stroke victim and couldn't verbalize well. She said he liked classical, so I decided to play Max's bedtime playlist him and It was amazing how he responded. You could tell he loved it. When Andrea Bocelli's Time To Say Goodbye started playing, it looked like he was mouthing the words. His wife and a guest who was also visiting couldn't believe it. It was like an awakening.
Later, during his trach care and suctioning, which aren't pleasant, I decided to play the playlist again and he seemed to tolerate the treatment better. It's inspired me to try and bring more music into the healthcare setting and when possible, play it when I can for my patients. After all, you never if it might be the magic tool that will help awaken the soul.