Is it just me or is it tamale season? I wrote a post last time about a veteran and fellow volunteer who brought me a tamale. It turns out, another volunteer sells them. I bought 2 red chicken, 2 red pork, and a jalapeno cheese one. They were freakin fabulous! 🙂 Volunteering at the VA is awesome. My dad has taken note about how many tamales I’ve been eating and he made a comment yesterday suggesting I should own a tamale truck. Funny thing is, if I knew how to make tamales I would totally get a truck and sell em.
I’m doing more while I’m there. I used to escort patients to and from places in the hospital but now I answer the phone and do dispatching. The dispatcher basically tells the ambassadors/volunteers where to pick up and drop off patients. It’s pretty neat except when people call and give you wrong information. I felt bad when I sent two volunteers to pick up a patient all the way across the hospital and the patient was right around the corner from where we are stationed. The caller had given me the wrong info even though I asked to double check and they said it was the right place. Epic fail! I felt really bad for the patient and the volunteer because it was like a wild goose chase. Thankfully it doesn’t happen too often.
I’m learning all the different places in the hospital like DOU (direct observation unit), ENT (ear, nose, and throat) and SPD (supply department). The list just keeps going and I love it. I feel like I’m learning so much here and sometimes I wonder why I didn’t start earlier. I also have vets who I recognize on a regular basis and they greet me with a smile now. It’s pretty awesome. I brought in baked goodies to the vets today but I’ll blog more about that tomorrow.