I'm killing time before going home and thought I'd share a couple more stories from the hospital I work at. You can read my previous story, "Work Stories," to get the history of the place. We all have heard the stories about the ghosts that are still here from way back when, and there are some odd things that have happened that I don't know how to explain.
This first story happened to one of the nurses, Gina, that I have worked with. I'm not sure of the exact date, but I know it has been a couple of years ago. She was working on the fourth floor, which at the time was our adult unit. (Our units have been moved since then and the fourth floor is our residential floor where our kids actually live.) Some of the rooms were not occupied, so for safety reasons, were kept locked. We still do this, and every morning and every night during shift change, the techs and nurses check all the doors to be sure they are locked.
This one particular room was being cleaned that day. When one of the housekeepers walked in, she immediately walked back out and got Gina. When Gina walked into the room, she said she was really creeped out because all of the furniture in the room was stacked on top of each other in the middle of the floor. In a typical room, there are two to three beds and one or two tall TV stands/chest of drawers, like the type you would find in a hotel room. The furniture is pretty heavy, but can be pushed across the floor so housekeeping can sweep and mop the floors. The chest of drawers have the spot for the TV, although there aren't any TVs in the rooms, then about three drawers underneath for patient clothing.
This one was pretty difficult to explain who went in there to physically stack the furniture, which would be a pretty difficult job in and of itself. Gina called this the poltergeist room from then on. It took at least two of our maintenance guys to move the furniture back to where it was supposed to be.
This second story took place about a year ago. One of our other techs was in the cafeteria with the kids for their lunch. There are two big windows in the cafeteria that look out into what we call the backyard. There is a swing set and two basketball courts as well as a volleyball court. We take all of our patients out here on nice days so they can get out of the building for a while.
On this day, Danny said he had stood up so he could just look outside while the kids were eating lunch. He said no one was out there at this time, but one of the swings was swinging back and forth just like someone was sitting in it and swinging. He made the comment that "our ghost was back," and as soon as he said that, he said the swing just stopped suddenly. He told me the trees weren't blowing and the other swings weren't moving, because he was thinking it could be the wind, but he couldn't really figure that one out either.
We all like to keep a look out for anything unusual, but we're all pretty open minded enough to try to debunk it or find a reason for it. And if we can't, we just accept it as something unexplainable. Like I've said before, we're pretty comfortable with the idea of sharing our space with someone else.