Volunteering VA hospital #4

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! šŸ™‚ 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.

Fail Sweetly,


2 thoughts on “Volunteering VA hospital #4

  1. Jessica Angeles

    You should totally get into the tamale making business! They’re actually not that hard to make (okay maybe the first few times can be a little hard, but it gets easier!) and you can make a TON at once haha šŸ™‚ try making at least a small batch sometime-I’m sure you’d get the hang of it quickly! Also, so glad to hear you’re loving the hospital so much! It makes doing what you do every day that much more enjoyable!

    1. Justina Post author

      Haha! I’ve heard it’s kinda hard so I’m a bit intimidated. One of the vets said his family bought over 100lbs of masa to make them. I’ll have to look for a simple recipe before I try. I heard there’s the regular red kind, the spicy green kind, and a sweet kind with pineapple? I had never heard of the jalapeno and cheese version until I bought some from one of the volunteers. The hospital definitely keeps me humble. It’s a real eye opener and makes me appreciate everything I have.


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