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Medical care brings two women together, music grows their relationship

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Music has a way of bringing people together, no matter their relationship.

Eileen Hamre

That's proving true for a medical relationship which has flourished into something special for Eileen Hamre.

Picking up on a hobby can be a tricky, but try doing that at the age of 95. But, that's exactly what Hamre did in the middle of a pandemic to bring her joy, with some help.

Hamre looks forward to meeting with her transition nurse once a month for more reasons than one.

Mayo Clinic Nurse Practitioner Molly Di Tommaso

Mayo Clinic Nurse Practitioner Molly Di Tommaso has been visiting with Hamre for three years. Things changed last fall.

"One day I just said I'm going to bring my violin here next time I come," Di Tommaso said.

Di Tommaso played the violin in high school, and started playing again in September in the middle of the pandemic.

Hamre was receiving violin lessons, and when the pandemic stopped her classes she turned to teaching herself.

That is until Di Tommaso stepped in.

"I just felt like there's healing in music, and it just brings joy to people," Di Tommaso said. "Providing good medical care is caring for the whole person not just their medical conditions, but their emotional well-being. I think this is something that has brought me a lot of joy."

Playing the violin together not only brought both of them joy, but stability.

Hamre said she needed that now. It gave her something to look forward to.

We asked Hamre if she would be upset if Di Tommaso forgot her violin during a visit. She giggled and said yes. Since they began playing together, Di Tommaso has only forgotten her instrument once.

This friendship built on care, continues to grow through music.

"She helps with so many things with my medications and well prescriptions," Hamre said. "So I depend on her. And then I've got the music, an extra bonus."

When we asked both ladies how long they hope to play together, they said indefinitely as long as they're both able to.

Ubah Ali

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