I did at least 7 flower deliveries at the hospital today (I think it may have been a bit closer to 10, actually) and went back and forth from the C-wing to the D-wing (opposite sides of the hospital) at least twice. It was crazy busy! At least I'm getting my exercise in! Oh, and remember how I found our supply chain management office one day? Every single week since, at least one vendor has come in looking for it. I even learned a new way to get there that is way less complicated. Whenever a vendor comes in looking lost and needing a badge, Eva (the girl I work with now) just looks at me and I jump up and take them. I think I've found my niche!
I think my favorite delivery of the day was to a lady whose parents (I'm assuming--maybe not) were in the room with her. I walked in, said "I have some flowers for you..." and realized that there were already at least 2 other flower arrangements (one of which was HUGE!) and various other gifts sitting all over. So I changed to "Well, I guess I have more flowers for you." Haha. Then there's always the slightly awkward moment when they're looking at the card and you're leaving and wondering "Should I be saying something to them?" (Saying "Have a nice day!" always feels weird when they're lying in a bed in the hospital.) As I was backing out, the father figure guy in the room caught my attention and said "God bless you, young lady!" It was such a nice thing to hear.
The funny thing about walking around with a cart full of flower arrangements is people comment on them. And of course, me being me, I have no idea what to say.
Typical conversation in the halls en-route:
Random Person: Wow, those flowers are beautiful!
Me: Yep, they are. [I can't really say "Thanks, I know!" because I in no way contributed to these flowers being beautiful. They're not even being delivered to me, so I can't take any credit there.]
RP: And they smell so nice too!
Me: Yeah, they do.
Yep, that's about how it goes. Haha. I directed and delivered some people around, too. (In a wheelchair, not the cart.) I think I've definitely earned my sleep tonight!
Oh yeah--I have officially logged 42 hours and 8 minutes now! This means that I can switch around and volunteer in other places (i.e. the lab). I may have to just go in on a different day, though--I don't want to leave the shift I have now! I'm getting a bit attached...