Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Big Sister
Abby has had a very busy summer. She has been working three different jobs and hasn't taken any time off yet.
She got a "job" as a swim instructor/lifeguard at a local pool, but had to take a course first and then do many practicum hours, so she basically worked for free in July. She now needs to take one more course and then will actually start making some money. This course isn't available until September though, so she won't be working at the pool during August.
Abby also works for College Pro Painters. She does the cold calling for them and sets up appointments for the painters. So she spends many of her evenings doing this job.
She asked Tim if she could job shadow him at work. He set it up and she has been going and working with him at the hospital. Mostly, she just gets to watch and help out with what Tim or the other staff needs. Her first day on the job, she joined him in an eight hour burn OR, and she actually got to staple skin on the patient. Tim and the other staff were very impressed, that this seventeen year old girl, just jumped right in and did what they asked... they often get medical students and residents, who aren't that confident.
Burn OR's are very exhausting and messy and hot. A lot of students can't handle the heat or the gore, but Abby handled it all like a pro.
Next week, we are headed out for one last summer holiday and Abby has decided to come with us and I am looking forward to spending some time with my girl!