Aahhh...I am a bit out of touch. My schedule has been interrupted by my accomplishment of one goal - integrating myself into every area of my new workplace. It is a fetish of mine, this having to know how to do everyone's position. It has to be an ego thing. I should be ashamed because of just such a possibility, but I am also very excited to weave my way into areas that will produce new connections and opportunities. Okay - lets just be honest and say it like this: The grass is always greener on the other side, and I always want to be doing what someone ELSE is doing instead of what I am obligated to do. The short attention span doesn't help. Neither does the boredome that increases in astounding increments when I accomplish a task. Whatever. Good thing I am paid by the hour and have a very understanding family...my next few days are going to be 13 hour days, and I LOVE IT!
Tonight I got to work with an honest-to-God-mail-order-bride. She is from the Philippines, pregnant, tiny, English poor - and utterly amazing. She has no idea that I know that her homelife is awful - and I am sure she won't tell me (for a very long time) the intricate details of her life. As I followed her tonight from patient to patient and listened to her interactions with wounded, sick and scared people I was taken aback by how just one soul could change the tone in a room. So careful, she, and warm. Warm to those who verbally abused her in their fog of medication and warm to those who responded kindly to her administrations. Complete in herself, she never let a single interaction phase how she approached the next patient. I know that she will never get to see the ripple effect her personality has on their hospital experience. And I am sure that it wouldn't change anything about her if she DID get to see how far her kindness extended.
I asked her permission to follow her again tomorrow night...I want to be a first-hand observer forever to her magic. The manager has much to learn from the employee.