Tuesday was day/week 2 at the hospital. Holy cow--the craziness! I left last week thinking "Yeah, I can totally do this. I basically know what I'm doing." Haha, guess not! All sorts of weird situations came up on Tuesday, such as:
- A lady walked in to the desk and said "I'm having chest pains and my doctor told me to come here." She was short of breath and looked pretty bad. Unfortunately, the emergency department is on the opposite side of the hospital from my desk and we didn't have any wheelchairs to take her in. One of the other volunteers walked with her to the ER, but I was worried about her all day. Yikes!
- There was a big kerfuffle with a volunteer and a wheelchair. (Wheelchairs are a precious commodity, I've come to learn.) I guess some wheelchairs are assigned to specific sections of the hospital and when they're moved everyone gets upset (including department heads). Good to know...
- Lots of visitors and delivery people seemed to be looking for patients we couldn't find. There were at least 2 or 3 that I saw/dealt with.
- I had to answer the phones, which is scary when you don't know what you're doing.
But, on the good side, I got to do a bunch of deliveries. That was fun. (Even though one sent me all across the hospital with a huge cart full of scrapbooking supplies looking for the antepartum craft room.) Oh, and I was reminded of how helpful the staff is at the hospital. Just walk around looking lost to see for yourself. :)
Oh, and be on the lookout for a kind-of guest post on a friend's blog and more crocheting projects soon. All should be awesome. Get excited!