In what has become the ticker-tape of recent posts, I'll start with updates:
- My partner had her graft examined today and it looks AMAZING! We kissed the home vacuum dressing goodbye, and now she has a plain Adaptic on it and gets to move her arm a tiny bit more.
- The Mac ICU diagnosed a dead hard drive, which has now been replaced so I am glad to say I am reporting live from my own beloved G5 once again.
- Public service announcement: Back up your hard drive regularly. Don't ask, just do.
- A slower pace rules a hospital over the holidays. There are fewer overhead pages, no meetings, and no last-minute disposition crises--"The SNF just called! They've got a bed and can take Mr. Smith in an hour!"--because most agencies are closed and usually only anticipated discharges take place.
- Staff morale is strong among the chosen few who get to work on the holiday. There are a lot of Santa caps and plenty of green and red scrubs, and the mood is much more tolerant than it is on a regular day because we are all united in the all-for-one-and-one-for-all spirit of people who drew the short straw.
- I love the extra touches our hospital produces for patients who are trapped in the hospital over a holiday. The volunteers came up with faux fall foliage for all the rooms over Thanksgiving, and they might trot out the plastic mini-wreaths they used last year tomorrow. I know this kind of tacky decor sounds depressing, but it isn't. I find it uniquely touching and I always look forward to seeing the salmon/coral walls decked out for the season.
- Most hospitals provide a free meal for working staff on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I look forward to the turkey and mashed potatoes, or ham, or pork tenderloin, or whatever they have on the menu every year. Not because the food is good, although our cafeteria really tries hard and sometimes they hit the ball out of the park, but because this free meal is another sign of solidarity and generosity of the season.