It's been a stressful few weeks.
I've started work at a new hospital.
Day 1 was admin.
They lost the forms I'd posted them so I had to fill them all in again. Dozens of them.
They weren't easy questions either - who can remember the postcodes for their last 5 addresses?
(The sudoku was fairly easy, but I suspect it fell in amongst the paperwork by accident.)
They rang me the next day to say they'd found my original forms. Cheers - does that mean I'd get paid twice?
The Occupational Nurse couldn't read the results of my recent blood tests because she couldn't find her glasses - so she tried to take blood from me instead! She did manage to hit a vein first time but I don't think it was the one she was aiming for.
Then the IT guy talked us through the hospital systems for hours, like we were 5-year olds. He stood at the front of the room, pacing forwards & backwards - and didn't notice me humming the Hokey Cokey.
He ended with "Of course, this is just a training system - it's completely different on the wards". Meh.
The Resuscitation Officer showed us how to use the hospital's defibrillators - and had an ED209 moment (Robocop anyone?) when the automated defib he was demonstrating in "safety mode" refused to shut off and started counting down to deliver a massive electric shock to the poor volunteer.
Whose heart didn't need a massive electric shock at that moment in time. Close though...
At the weekend I started my on-calls - it's tricky enough trying to find your way round a massive, unfamiliar hospital in a hurry, but what hope have you got if you pass through a doorway on Floor 2 and find yourself on Floor 1? (which reminds me, I haven't played Portal for ages)
Anyway, to put it into some kind of perspective, I'm writing this on a bumpy, overcrowded train to Wales in the rush hour - and I'm finding it very relaxing.
But the main news is:
ENORMOUS AMATEUR TRANSPLANTS ANNOUNCEMENT ON MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER!
Set an alarm, tattoo it on your face, whatever - but make sure you check out the blog on Monday.
There will be another,
See you then