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Celebrating Patient Access Week

Many people tell me that I missed my calling as a librarian. I think they may be right. I have loved reading since I was a small child. My parents say that I would walk up to them with books in tow, begging them to read to me. Although I had an intense love for words, my parents pushed me in the direction of medicine. They wanted me to graduate from college, get a good job (in an office, not a shipyard), and make good money. Instead, I went to college, got pregnant, dropped out, and got my first big-girl job as an Emergency Room admitting clerk. There is truly no place on earth like the ER. It isn’t for everyone and those who stick around may develop a twisted sense of humor. I no longer work in the ER, but I often find myself longing for the strong coffee and patients who suddenly develop chest pains as they are being arrested (sudden onset arrestitis as an officer once called it).

I know that I may never work as a clerk in the ER again. My better-paying, front desk/billing clinic job has me spoiled. Occupational Health has its share of cray-cray stories, but nothing can compare to the people and situations that come through the ‘mergency room. In honor of Patient Access Week, I am reading a book called Full Moon Follies27e629f162432b7521e631e561af201f.jpg by Kerry Hamm. This book is amazing. She works as an admitting clerk in a small town hospital and decided to write a book about the things she has witnessed over the years. In fact, Follies is her fifth book! Those of us who work in healthcare can relate to this book. It’s impossible to make this stuff up. To you poor souls who have never experienced working a shift in any type of healthcare setting: read the book. It may not make you want to run out and put in applications at hospitals, but at least you’ll know what not to do the next time you sign in.

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Long time, no…read?

Heyyyy! I know it’s been a while since my last post. I have had so much going on. First, there was my move. It took much longer than I anticipated. I didn’t officially finish moving until the day before my surgery. My surgery was a lot harder on me than I expected. Who knew gas could hurt so bad? I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Three days after my surgery my daughter wanted to have ice cream and cake to celebrate her upcoming birthday. Ice cream and cake quickly turned into a small party at her Maw-Maw’s place. Three days after that, on her actual birthday, my sister felt the need to repeat the ice cream and cake event since she missed the first. The next few days were spent helping my daughter pack for her trip to Disney World. She left for her trip on November 4th and I was all set to relax for a few days while she was gone. God had other plans. My brother died the next day. I was not ready. The next week involved lots of planning, talking, hugging, crying and the unfortunate task of having to inform my daughter that her uncle passed away. With everything going on, yesterday was the first day that I picked up a book in about three weeks. I tried to read on those nights when I just couldn’t fall asleep, but I couldn’t make sense of the words on the pages. I turned on my computer more than once to try to write. No words would flow. I guess it will just take time to get back into the groove of things.

Maybe I’m trying to make up for lost time, but I am now currently reading two books. The first book is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I’m reading that to Kenzie at night. We read all the way to chapter 5 last night and we love it! The second is (still) “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. I hope to finish that one ASAP! My doctor gave me strict orders to chill this week. She said I’ve had too much going on after such a major surgery. I agree.