The truth is, on the surface of things I saw very little difference. Some domestic staff, nurses and doctors clearly loved the clowns being there, were open to playful interactions. Others seemed indifferent. One or two who had felt negatively towards the clowns had been carefully won over, over the course of many weeks, and were now big fans. Likewise with the families and children that they visited. In general, reactions were lovely - tender and full of laughter - but, just like at home, there were some who were shy, a little afraid, not interested, too poorly.
I love the photo below as it shows a totally enthralled little girl who immediately started to play with the clowns, others watching intently, and a man sitting right next to Dra Nivea Pons who is completely oblivious to it all. He didn't move or react throughout the whole performance!
I will write more on the integration of hospital clowns in Buenos Aires and the various challenges that Alegria Intensiva face in that regard anon...thoughts still filtering in!