My Supervisor sent out an email reminding us to place our upcoming leave requests because she wanted to work on the schedule. I had already placed about half of my sick leave requests for the "Prehab" I'm doing in preparation for knee replacement surgery I hope takes place in late summer. So I finished placing the rest, and added the other appointments listed on my latest appointment printout from the hospital: a mammogram, a couple of iron infusions, labs and follow-up appointments with my Hematologist and Primary Care Physician, etc. If I could have remembered my Dental appointment I would have entered it as well.
All-in-all, I entered about 20 requests. I also threw in a one-day annual leave request for the Friday before my 40th High School Reunion.
I've made the drive to Northwest Florida and back to Central Texas in just a weekend, but it does make for a tiring 2-day trip. Besides, I wanted to attend the Friday night mixer if possible.
A little while later, my Supervisor called me and she started off the conversation by saying, "I have to ask a delicate question. Please take this in the spirit in which it's meant."
Right away I knew I'd done something wrong. I'm kinda quick like that.
"Okay," says I, after first taking a calming breath and counting to ten.
"How many boobs do you have?" She chortled and barely managed to ask.
Immediately I realized what I'd done. I'm smart like that. "Did I place two requests for mamos?" I giggled.
"Yep," She snorted. We are both Registered Nurses with somewhat twisted and bawdy senses of humor.
"Well, I have two boobs of course--so naturally I placed one mamo for each boob."
We were both dying laughing, which of course only encouraged me to continue in fairly close succession:
"And as a Nurse, I am a strong advocate for the smashing of the mammies."
Her laughter spurred me to add, "Besides, I'm a glutton for punishment."
And, remembering my one day annual leave request I had tossed into the mix, I ended with, "We're so short-staffed I'll do anything for some time off!"
To which she replied, "I think we can come up with something a little bit less painful." Dare I hope she would grant the annual leave request?
It's only a day; however, it's during a 2-week leave of another coworker, and our policy only allows for one of the Patient Care Coordinators (PCCs) to be off at a time. Of course, we've been working 2 PCCs short for the past 9 months (and we never filled the vacancy that would have kept us at 7 several years ago), so we've had many a time when only 3 PCCs provided coverage during the week. As well as several times when there were only 2 PCCs. And of course there is only one PCC on the weekend, every weekend. Friday is also an extremely busy day--even when we are fully staffed. I knew when I placed it, my request was a long shot.
She later told me while she is unable to grant the annual leave request at this time, she'd review it again closer to the date, and see if the new girl was up and running by then.
If not, I may have to reschedule that second mamo after all--and take the whole day for "recovery" time.