Recently, I asked my patients to participate in a project that uses their imagination to color or decorate a pre-printed horse head template. I also requested them to provide a short description of their pain intensity and other feeling while they were working on the assignments. Although some patients were reluctant to join the exercise, most are happy to try to make an effort to complete the task.
The majority of the patients said their pain level was decreased while they were engaged in the work. The experience had generated relaxation, enjoyment and improved mood. Some patients were surprised and thankful that this simple exercise brought back old family memories and support from loved ones to overcome their adversity. Others had gained better perspective and became more interested in seeking other ways to lessen their suffering. One patient used sand to finish the project as he enjoyed himself at the beach. Another baked a cake in the shape of a horse head which served the same therapeutic effect. One elderly patient rejoiced, "Initially I did not think I could complete the assignment but I feel proud of my achievement at the end. My pain in the hands is better. It makes me feel happy again."
To stimulate my patients to join the exercise, small prizes were awarded to the best participants for their exceptional ideas. This exhibit that you are seeing reflects their effort. None has any professional experience in doing this before, but essentially they are all winners. I would like to use this opportunity to say thank you to all my colleagues for their kind support of my work in Johnstown for almost 20 years. In summary, I believe distraction is an effective regimen. Not only may it be helpful in managing daily stresses in life but it can also heal the wounds that nobody can see.
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December 12, 2016 - January 6, 2017
January 6, 2017
5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Community Arts Center of Cambria County
Hours of Operation
You Crawl, You Draw?
Keeping the Arts Alive in Cambria County.
A Collection of the Art Projects by the Patients of Dr. Hong, HongCares Pain Management
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Exhibit Explanation from Dr. Yi Yan Hong: