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.