Last night he and D'Arcy did some gardening on the third floor terrace of the complex-continuing care unit (CCC). He planted beans and built a lattice for them to grow on. Think about that for a second. Ben is on the unit for orthopedic rehab, but a gardening program was taking place for kids with the most complex medical conditions -- many of them using ventilators -- on the other side of the building, and Ben joined in.
The kids on the CCC unit require nursing care and arranging a trip outside is challenging. So the garden is brought to them. One minute they're on a hospital floor and the next they're on the terrace, with the sun on their skin, tending a garden and experiencing nature. A raised bed allows kids to wheel up to and access the soil from their chairs. Isn't that brilliant?