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March 8, 2022 3:30 am
While recuperating in Denver's University of Col. Medical Center, a young woman came into Gracie's room with a guitar and introduced herself as Sophie - and a music therapist.
Gracie asked where she went to school, and she said, "A school in Nashville."
Pressing her further, Sophie stated she went to Belmont University. Gracie's smile lit up the room and she explained to Sophie, 'Peter and I went to Belmont - that's where we met."
As we shared with Sophie our long life in Nashville, she was delighted to compare notes and share experiences with fellow Belmont students (although we attended YEARS before she was born!)
I asked Sophie to share a bit of her story and work as a music therapist.
As you know what conditions from the hospital to get Gracie to speak a little bit on it, which can't right now and so I've asked someone very special to come on the show and talk a little bit about her journey that we were sitting here in the hospital room and here comes this young woman in with the guitar and all kinds of devices and musical devices. She's a music therapist and she graduated from University Nashville were Gratian admit to the school.
We were both music majors there so as you can imagine that was kinda cool. This is Sophie distal where you originally from Sophie from Rockford, Illinois. Can you understand me the way I talk.
Yes those years. Nashville really helped. Tell us a little bit about music therapy why you get into it what you hope to accomplish music therapy.
I originally got into it because I have two major passions, people and music and my seatmate freshman year. Belmont was actually music therapy major and so I kind of just stumbled upon that and fell in love with it from there. And the reason I got into this internship I really want to work with adult especially in addiction medicine by I am embedded in the palliative care team as well as the General Hospital and we go around and see patients all around the hospital with different diagnoses with ranges of goals and definitely ranges of interventions that we detail what has surprised you about this. The amount of storytelling that happens in this job. It's so much about learning about people stories and where they come from and how that plays into their lives and how they got into the hospital as well.
So when he walked into a room and we started talk about where you from you so that we both know what students you were Gratian admit right there. The students are where you would school what was it like working here in Denver were long ways from Nashville were other endeavors. What was it like it was a major shock for sure because anytime I say Belmont University there like where and and so when Gracie gave me the bagel smile and a laugh that she did and I said Belmont University and just. It felt like a piece of home because I don't really get to meet a lot of people from Nashville, especially not people from Belmont so it was a really really special thing for me to play the guitar, will she plug a vocal principle that I can play the piano, ukulele, and we got meant at the con of different percussion instruments that will is soul for the thought was to bring, but it turns out it was just a stool that collapses and I was afraid your reader to bring into the room of the dear Lord tambourine, no saving, so but it was not every summer everybody. Rest assured, it was noted to one of the more meaningful things that you feel like music therapy brings to people, people who are dealing with significant trauma challenges or whatever, but what are some of things you feel like the music therapy can do the almost nothing else could do. I will actually give you an example.
I had a patient.
Actually, he passed away two weeks ago, but I worked with him for over four months and we did a song writing for four months and he was a tough cookie. He is not somebody that would just testing right off the bat. So I spent a month just getting another guy and then all of a sudden he started rapping for me and took all his rafts that he didn't tournament to three different songs I got to share those with his family before he passed away and I spent some time with with his mom and she said wow, I've never heard of any of the stuff that he put into these the song so it was a really really special moment that most of the musics able to trade since so many things we sit here the other day with you.
Just place some souls on your tour Gracie saying with you. It was just really meaningful, then you brought a keyboard appear to be which was calico and identified a pedal for the sling but it's very meaningful to be able to have that in the just just felt for moment we just kinda lift all the craziness of the hospital and we just played some music and music is been the one thing that Gratian have been able to have during all this lengthy journey that started long before you were born we been able to play music together saying it's kept us from going into some darker places because it it is in her life is filled with pain were to have her on a just a minute what she was just having a rough afternoon. Sophie comes in and she just lights up a room even with a mask, you're able to do that which is. She cures her guitar route at all this year.
Bless her heart.
She's cottages logo. I told her she needs to get like a little trailer something pulled around. I want to know how much it means to us so we just have a little taste of Nashville little taste of home. There in the music, especially that you bring in just the joy in and she she was very gracious to ask you how are you doing how are you feeling which of course you will know his listeners.
This program thus that's the question we ask Sophie thank you any less works now just just thank you, Peter Caroline Mita get to hang out with you guys and share music together. It is our pleasure. I would order some more music with Sophie with Gracie a little bit later, but she has more patients to see some of you know the remarkable story of Peter's wife Gracie and recently Peter talk to Gracie about all the wonderful things that emerge from her difficult journey. Take a listen Gracie. When you envision doing a prosthetic limb outreach. Did you ever think the inmates would help you do that, not in a million years. When you go to the facility run by core civic and you see the faces of these inmates that are working on prosthetic limbs that you helped collect from all of the country that you put out the plea for and their disassembly sell these legs like what you have your own prosody and arms and orange everything when you see all this makes me cry because I see the smiles on their faces and I know I know what it is like you can't get out without somebody else allowing you to get out the hospital.
These men are so glad that they get to be doing is one thing said something good with my did you know before you became a deputy parts of prosthetic limbs could be recycled. I had no idea I thought Peg leg.
I thought a wooden legs. I never thought of titanium and carbon legs and flexibly the legs and all that. I never thought about. As you watch these inmates participate in something like this, knowing that there there helping other people available providing the means for the supplies to get over there. What is it do you just on the heart level.
I wish I could explain to the world. What I see in here and I wish that I can be able to go and say the this guy right here east of Africa with that. I never not feel that way out every time you know you always make me have to leave. I don't want to leave.
II feel like I'm at home with them and I feel like we have a common bond that I would've never expected that only God could put together. Now that you could experience with what you think of the faith-based programs. The core civic offers. I think there is absolutely awesome and I think every person out there for half faith-based program because the return rate of the men that are involved in this particular faith-based program and other ones like it, but I know about this one car is amazingly low rate compared to those who and I think that says that is me just has something to do with God. Somebody help people if you want to donating use prosthetic limb, whether from a loved one who passed away or you know somebody well-groomed you donated some of your own for the please go to standing with.com/recycle staining. We