|This photo has nothing to do with this post but makes me go to a happy place. Port Douglas, Coral Sea, 2009|
Is it just me or is time zooming along faster? That's FREE TIME, I'm talking about, naturally, not working hours. Hence the rant. The insane backlog we're experiencing in the transcription department, caused mainly by three new doctors starting at the same time when we were already three weeks behind, has reached critical mass. All we type for eight hours are RUSH dictations with time deadlines all day long--and there are five of us. It is very exhausting. Top that with computer program problems/bugs leading to extra steps, new state regulations requiring a separate document for each Workers' Comp report, a rat in the attached bathroom, and hot and humid temps for two weeks, and you have one tired and cranky staff. Last week, a short week due to the holiday, two of my co-workers were out on separate dates, meaning even more workload for the rest of us. I have a stack of transcribed but unedited/incomplete charts I just couldn't finish last week. Two days I took no morning break, two days no afternoon break. Add to that the cacophony of water mains being replaced on the side street and street closure making already scanty parking a nightmare for FOUR weeks, and massive earth-movers at nearby construction leading to no peace even on a walk at break time. As grateful as I am to be employed, this has been a really hard few weeks!
And now for the good news--my only sister is here! After a nearly 30 year absence, Kathy has moved back to her hometown for a life reboot. Lots of good times up ahead are planned, hopefully that include quilting. We're already seeing a lot of each other as we are keeping her dog at our place. Many thanks to my brother Ted and sister-in-law Laura for making the move possible, and to my mom and dad for opening their home to her. You guys are the best!