Today, I could feel the tension starting to build. We are at about the halfway point, the impending holiday is ahead of us, and people are tired and cold. Even the patients seemed more on edge today. We had a kid that just didn’t want a procedure done. The child was screaming and kicking so much that they had to move the procedure to the pharmacy tent, where there is a small section that can be closed off. It didn’t bother me. I changed my Pandora station first to Disney songs, and then to lullaby songs. I don’t know if it helped, but it was the least I could do.
Some people are demobilizing tomorrow, so they get to spend the holiday with their family. It was the perfect time for our leadership to have the Commander’s BBQ. Not only did they have a BBQ, they also brought in some local people to do chair massages. I cranked the Hawaiian music in the pharmacy, where the massages overflowed to, hoping that would help set the mood a bit. Even with the food, music, laughter and massage, meltdowns were occurring…..