Monday, June 8, 2020

give the cyborgs a go?

I'm currently waiting for some more contractors.  Those stairs we had installed a couple of weeks ago?  They're ready for carpet.  That's who I'm waiting for - carpet installers.

When we purchased this house from our then landlords, we bought it "as is" with all of us knowing of its shortcomings.  The stairs were a big thing, so it's nice to have the old ones out.  

In the meantime, work at the hospital has picked up.  Elective surgeries, lab work, and imaging are happening again, so the place isn't the big nearly empty building it had been.  Ironically, our (culinary) hours are still cut plus people are taking voluntary two-week furloughs to make up for lost productivity over the last two months.  

But it's all good, and there's been a lot of good teamwork and cross-training going on.  I'm grateful for the levels of management above me for avoiding long furloughs and full-blown layoffs.  Heck, we even got T-shirts recently.  

Another nice thing is that patients can have visitors again.  Just one at a time, but better than nothing.  The moms and babies unit is still closed, though.  Hopefully that will be up and running again soon. For now, maybe it's a good thing since we're lightly staffed in the kitchen and those moms can EAT.

Back in my child bearing days, I took full advantage of the short stay in the hospital.  I didn't realize it with Chaco, but with Wolfgang and Meego, I savored some big meals and took long hot showers because I knew that, once I left the hospital, those things wouldn't be happening any time soon.

So here we are.  COVID-19 and its restrictions appear to be letting up around here while BlackLivesMatter protests are in full swing.  In our city, protests have been well attended and relatively peaceful. 

I confess that I was not a fan of the slogan "Black Lives Matter" in the past.  But I get it now.

I also confess that I was against NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.  But I get that now too.

On the lightweight side of things, I'm happy that we're able to resume visiting fave coffee shops.  Magnum and I biked over to one yesterday and were greeted by this sign:

In more lightness, I dusted off my moleskine®️ sketchbook and started doodling with no subject in mind.  These two showed up

A push for humans to be replaced by robots?  Let's do the RoboCop thing already?


Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

We started phase 1 Friday. Not a lot of openings but baby steps. I never understood why people get so upset by BLM. I must say I am surprised at both your comments but not surprised that you see it now. You are open-minded Abby and that just showed. Oh, you big bad liberal you.
I remember when moms got 3 days in the hospital and my friends would tell one another - enjoy it It will be the last time you have a shower alone for a long time as well as food that is warm. It used to make me chuckle and the new moms wouldn't enjoy it as they should have ....until baby number 2...tee hee.

Abby said...

Peggy, I was one of those whose thinking was, "Of course black lives matter. All lives matter". Now I see that the BLM movement was never saying ONLY black lives matter. As far as kneeling for the anthem, there are certainly discrepencies in individual freedom, and no one should be oppressed, particularly by a publicly funded authority. Yeah, I get it.
I remember my pediatrician coming to find me in the showers after baby number 2. She got tired of waiting!

Chatty Crone said...

I am glad to know people can have visitors. I think that was so sad for the Covid patients have to die alone! Nice you still have your job too.

Abby said...

Sandie, thanks. It is nice to see visitors in patient rooms again.

LL Cool Joe said...

Hospitals in the UK are still not doing any of the routine ops etc. Everything stopped so the NHS could cope with Covid-19. We are still basically in lockdown. I leave the house once or twice a week. What scares me the most is that I'm getting used to it.