I have found myself feeling sentimental about home and reminiscing about the beginning of this journey. It was almost exactly one year ago that we packed up the camper and started off across the country to my first assignment. It seems like forever ago and yesterday at the same time (time is strange that way). We have learned a lifetime worth of lessons, it seems. I have also found myself homesick during this assignment. I think I got accustomed to being able to go home every weekend at the previous assignment (it’s too far for me to be able to do that here).
During this year, I have had the pleasure of working with a wonderful agency and recruiter. My recruiter’s name is Wendy and she has been by my side the entire time: working hard to find my assignments and supporting me through the challenges. She drove down here to take me to lunch! It was the first time that I was able to meet her in person and it was wonderful. I appreciate her more than she will ever know.
I am beginning to adjust to the customs here. One that I found very interesting is related to the weather sirens. I have only heard them utilized to alert everyone to danger (or testing). Here, they go off 4 times per day to signal when to go to work, when to take a lunch, when lunch is over, and the end of the work day (0700, 1200, 1300, & 1800). So interesting!
Mountain Dew is the drink of choice here. They consume it like it is water.
It’s still cold here and it snowed again this week. Big, beautiful, quiet flakes. Mary thought we were under attack. She ran from window to window (she can open the blinds by herself) crying and watching them fall. When she exhibits this behavior, Wookie gets nervous and hides in the bed.
Wookie had his first visit to the groomer here this past week. He has a fresh, new mohawk (the staff and patients love it). The groomer requested permission to share his photo on her website. They mentioned that he resembles a character off of “Guardians of the Galaxy” (I am not familiar with that movie, so I am unsure who they are comparing him to). We were able to find high octane fuel for my car! Both of these were scores for us.
The challenges in this facility are similar to ones that I have encountered before. Culture and staffing remain the number one challenges everywhere. We have been in “outbreak mode” for the past couple of weeks which complicates both challenges. We are tired.