Today’s will be a busy day. At least until around mid-afternoon. It’s a good busy, though.
Dr. Hinkle sent me a text yesterday, wondering if he might be able to stop by this morning to take a look at Ryan’s eyes. He makes me smile. No matter how many times I tell him he doesn’t have to ask if he can come over, he still does. For one, his ongoing care gives him 100% access to Ryan. Second, I enjoy him coming over. He always has a good story or two to tell and I appreciate his self-deprecating humor.
I’m meeting with a nursing agency at 2:00 this afternoon. From what I understand, the Director will be accompanying. Obviously, this is a good sign… on the surface, anyhow. It lets me know they understand the weight of taking on Ryan as a patient (and me as a pain in the ass, I’m guessing).
I will say that I am impressed with the response of our current nursing agency related to the unfavorable trend in their coverage lately. The Director spent a good deal of time on the phone with me Tuesday morning. I learned a lot about the challenges of the industry, especially in my area. I also know she followed-up with all nurses on payroll clarifying policy and procedure. Her anger was not hard to miss. Anyhow, this is a response that I feel is proper. I appreciate it.
She understands that I have reason to “test the waters” and is willing to work with me to ensure a smooth transition if I decide to change agencies. This courtesy makes me wonder if there is really anything better out there. Perhaps this is the best and I should just stop expecting more. Beyond this, with the Director (apparently) squarely in our corner, I would expect performance to improve quickly, both in scheduling and absenteeism.
In the mean time, my relationship with the outgoing nurse (who never showed the other night) is strained. I do my best to avoid conversation with her in front of Ryan, since I’m not so sure I’m hiding my disgust. It’s not that I am being mean… that would serve no purpose. I’m just untrusting and overly critical.
Hmm, I guess I now I know how it feels to be my wife.