I love to make lists. It’s therapeutic. Sometimes, when I can’t sleep, I make lists of things in my head – my top ten favorite songs of all times, my top ten favorite movies, my top ten favorite books, etc. If the insomnia persists, I continue with the lists – top ten favorite video games from the 80′s, top ten favorite episodes of “Friends,” top ten favorite cousins (I have a lot of cousins – and if you are one of them, and you happen to be reading this, then yes, you definitely made the top ten list.) Okay, I’ve never really made a mental top ten list of my favorite cousins – I pretty much adore them all, so it would be more like a top bazillion list. But I have made a mental top ten list of pretty much everything else, given the fact that I have never been what one might consider a “regular sleeper.”
A couple of weeks ago, my blog crashed. I had just written a post about my top ten current favorite things about my job (top ten lists are fluid, and they change frequently as life adds to them), and when I posted it, the site crashed. With some help from my Cousin Jill, the Ninja Blogstress, the blog was able to be repaired, which made me happy, because writing has been a really fun thing. So tonight, as I go to rewrite the post, I’m realizing that a couple of work-related things have happened in the past week or so that are also list-worthy, and that I need to add to my original top-ten-current-favorite-things-about-my-job list. So, here we go.
Top Twelve Favorite Things About My Job
1) The chance to be a part of a team who is deeply committed to each other and to our patients, and the fact that we can laugh at and with each other to the point that it causes physical pain.
2) The necklace given to my fellow social worker, who is courageously battling cancer, by our Medical Director. It says, “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed.”
3) The fact that our Utilization Management Director hung up on me from the get-go when I called him with a question earlier this week, simply because he did not feel like talking to me at the moment. This elicited the physical-pain-causing laughter mentioned in #1 above.
4) The fact that this same above-mentioned Utilization Management Director has Christmas balls hanging from the ceiling above his desk, for no apparent reason whatsoever.
5) My dear co-worker who assists our patients in obtaining funding for their medications. Although she has a progressive muscle disorder that limits her mobility, it does not dampen her sense of humor. Everyone with whom she comes in contact is better for having encountered her.
6) The giant, taller-than-a-Volkswagen (my Volkswagen, to be specific), mound of ice that was strategically placed behind my car recently, resulting in my having to wait until it melted down before leaving the hospital.
7) Our Activities Therapy Department, who help our patients to find expression and amazing creativity within themselves that they often did not know existed.
8) The fact that my friend and Crisis Team coworker actually rubbed Campho-Phenique on my sunburned feet a couple of weeks ago after I spent too much time in the lazy river.
9) The giant, economy-sized bottle of Germ-X in our hospital administrator’s office, which exists for the purpose of keeping us all squeaky clean.
10) The fact that when I called our Crisis and Forensic Services Director to get the name of a contact person from her, she not only provided the contact, but drove up to the hospital to help me with a difficult situation. On a Friday night. Before a holiday. In the pouring rain.
11) The bowl of warm nuts given to me by our Medical Director when I brought some papers to her home for her to sign while she was working from home recently. Warm nuts are really good, turns out.
12) The occasions when we get to see our patients leave the hospital with more hope and a greater sense of dignity and value than they had when they arrived, and the honor of being a small part of their journey.