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Encore Act

They are all ears, hanging on my every word. Like little sponges soaking up decades of

knowledge in a short time span. This encore career stent is turning out to be quite enjoyable stuff. I’m back in familiar territory, aka the dungeon, teaching the first year medical clerks how to gown, glove, the sterile field, passing instruments and a few other assorted items. Like what to do if you are going to faint.

Apparently there is even a song about this new encore career. It wasn’t even my regular theatre crew who came up with it but rather the team across the hall. It is called “Bernie and the Clerks” to the tune of Benny and the Jets. They stand transfixed at the windows while I explain what they are seeing and what it means.

When the tour is over we get down to serious work in “my” lab which is an empty OR theatre. None of it is sterile anymore but we do a lot of pretending and it helps them feel prepared for spending real time in the OR.

I recieved the ultimate compliment the other day when a student said to me ” I thought this gowning and gloving lab was going to be boring but this was just the best”. Mission accomplished.

Now having said that I’m ok that it’s a short term yearly contract that only lasts 11 weeks. It’s a serious amount of talking even for me!

Plus I have my regular casual job at a private surgical suite. It mixes several aspects that I like about the OR and there are windows! Does it get any better than windows while you work? I think not or perhaps it’s just 35+ years in a dungeon that is talking .

So while I would prefer to be fully retired this is a great transition. It will top up the pension income for a few years but not at the expensive of my body.

I know a few people were wondering what I’ve been doing so thought a post about it was appropriate. It’s made the fall quite busy but still manageable for sure. It’s kept me somewhat scheduled in that I can’t become a total night owl if I still have to get up at 06 a couple of mornings a week. It’s keep me feeling productive as I work through how to handle retirement. Seems it’s the next 35+ years of my life I want to make sure I’m not just coasting along but that I am mindfully living life.



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

6 thoughts on “Encore Act

  1. What a great transition period! You’re earning extra money and enjoying the work at the same time. You must be making the learning fun for them, you must have got so much knowledge and wisdom to offer, Bernie. Even on my day off or during the holidays my body still reacts around 6 or 6:30 in the morning so I feel better waking up early and go to bed early, I hope I can keep up the good habit as long as I can. Mindfully living life is what I am aiming for as well ☘️💫


    1. I wish I was more structured like you and woke up regularly. I sleep in one day, have insomnia one night, stay up late etc etc. I bounce around and really think a routine would help but after 40 years of an alarm clock trying it without on my days off. Not working so well.
      I do love the teaching and I believe that I am having a positive impact on the students.
      Thanks, as always, for dropping in and leaving a comment.

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