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Factoid Friday: A Thank You Note to Lambie

This hat’s off should start with a thank you to Sheri Lewis.  Ms. Lewis was a singer, comic, actor, puppeteer, and ventriloquist, who was featured on many variety shows in my childhood and always made children feel important and special in her work.  She was a regular on Hollywood Squares, the game show, and always brought one of her puppets to say the funny and hard things.

Ms Lewis’ puppet Lamb Chop was quite an inspiration and was the youngest of her puppets in her act and always had to learn a lesson.  I suddenly realize now as I write this that Lamb Chop was teaching children – how to learn like a child – and the lessons that the world offers up to us.  I now believe, at this very moment, that Ms. Lewis was writing her scripts from the Bible and offering them up to everyone through her puppets.  Wow! Took me long enough!

Well, we owe a debt of gratitude to that Lamb Chop Puppet.  When babies are having such major surgeries as with Cleft Palate repair, they must keep their hands and fingers out of their mouths.  Splints with tongue depressors inside are placed on the child’s arms after each surgery and are worn for about 8 weeks to minimize infection or nerve damage.  There is no thumb sucking or nose rubbing or blankies to the cheek comforting available to the baby/child.

Lambie and Stints

We found that Lambie the puppet placed over the whole arm…covered up the splints and diminished conversation about the splints  and allowed our child to take the loose floppy paw and soothe  herself on her forehead without pressure or risks.  Lambie was accidentally locked in the church one night and the pastor came back to open the door; knowing how important she was.   Lambie has been to college – though is home now on a trial basis.

So thank you Sheri Lewis and Lamb Chop and Lambie…

What brings you comfort and soothes you in difficult times?

15 Responses to “Factoid Friday: A Thank You Note to Lambie”

  1. Jannie Says:

    I sure do remember Sheri Lewis. And lambchop!

    What a wonderful story to relay. It must be a challenging, to say the least, 8 weeks for the child. And you. But obviously you did what you had to do and got through it.

    In difficult times singing and humming always mkes me feel instantly better. It’s kind of a coccoon, I guess.

    Jannies last blog post..Why Thursdays rule

  2. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    Singing and humming are the greatest and they lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels….I just learned that!

    Thank you for the comments

  3. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    “What brings you comfort and soothes you in difficult times?”
    Reading books. Actually re-reading books that I have already read.

    Have a good weekend. :)

  4. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    Good to see you – you have a nice weekend, which probably officially started 5 hours ago when IDO came home….
    Oh isn’t re-reading a book such a wonder full thing! I think my clean sheets are about the most comforting thing I can imagine right now!

    As always thank you..

  5. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    I remember Lambchop. :-) This might sound weird, but rainy days bring me comfort. They make me feel cozy inside and I can feel better about relaxing indoors, than if I were missing a sunny day; I love the sound and the smell of rain. Another thing that helps is to watch a favourite movie and make a big bowl of popcorn.

    Davinas last blog post..Video — Preparation Inspires Self-Confidence

  6. Jannie Says:

    Cool!

    And thanks for your wonderful words over at my blog, they always mean more to me than you know.

    Jannies last blog post..And “The Real Jannie” is…?

  7. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    Oh rain, it is lovely to listen too, I have a sky light over my bed and sometimes it wakes me up – wow how cozy under the blankets and hearing the rain. I also get more work accomplished when it rains.
    Thank you for reminding me of that comfort.

    I loved your video and your presentation…hope lots of people will watch it

  8. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    You always have delightful things to say and I just can’t help myself…it is so wonderful to make connections…and I am still seeing those beautiful children sitting on the butterfly chairs!

  9. Robin Says:

    Hi Patricia – would that be the Lambchop I remember from the telly when I was young? From the other comments above I guess it is. It was so interesting reading your story about the cleft palate – thanks.

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  10. Patricia Says:

    Robin,
    Yes the very same lamb chop from TV…is a puppet we called Lambie. I am attempting to get the word out about how this cleft palate stuff and related learning needs are not covered by any insurance in the US. So schools are not prepared to be helpful either – it is a do it yourself project with amazing results, but a very isolating experience for the families. Extremely expensive. It should not be

    I truly enjoyed writing these posts and felt a great deal of information came coalesced for me
    Thank you for your comments. And congrats on being NSWBOTW!

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  11. Jess Sanders Says:

    Patricia! I was nosing around the internet and came across this link – wanted to share with you :)

    http://www.cafepress.com/ladybuglandings

    Thought this could be a long lost sister of yours and figured it would be an injustice not to connect you!

    Jess Sanderss last blog post..Stay At Home Dad Takes On Mommy & Me

  12. Dot Says:

    I loved LampChop when I was growing up. He/she was so vulnerable and cute!

    Dots last blog post..Featured Reader

  13. Patricia Says:

    An Icon was born with Lamb Chop….!
    I am still working on my statement for your site…hard to talk about myself sometimes…easier about LC

  14. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. I’m glad you enjoyed that video so much :-)

    Davinas last blog post..Video — Preparation Inspires Self-Confidence

  15. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    I am happy you did so well and learned how to achieve that dandy video on your site….I am a bit envious

    and my honey and children all have Celiac Disease so I am happy the education is getting out…. Two waves of Thanks and hats off