Work Is More Than a Four Letter Word

“No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” 

Theodore Roosevelt

Lunch seems to be the common thread of my stories lately.

Lucky, aren’t I?

Today Michael and I had lunch with a former coworker of mine, Kathy Willer and her husband, Denny. Interesting thing is Kathy and I worked in the same NE Iowa community for the same radiologists but at different facilities. Kathy worked at Schoitz Memorial Hospital. I worked at St. Francis Hospital. Even though we were only a few miles apart our work environments were very different, each hospital had its own specialty and way of doing things. Looking back it’s a little bit comical and a little bit sad.

As radiologic technologists we technically worked for the hospitals. In reality we worked for the radiologists. Because the radiologists covered both hospitals, the staff knew each other and saw each other at different professional meetings and always at the annual Christmas party. We were a very diverse group of people–as you can see from the picture of the St. Francis crew I’m re-sharing today since both Kathy and I forgot to take a picture today.

Today’s lunch was a walk down memory lane for both of us. We said things like–“I think it’s been over 30 years since I saw and talked to you.” Or “I retired after working 42 years in imaging.” WHAT! Is that even possible? How old are we anyway?

As we talked and laughed it seemed like it was just a few years ago we were both balancing our work and home lives. Who would have thought when we started our careers the changes we’d see in the field of medical imaging. We saw the first CT and MRI images, watched ultrasound grow from B-mode/M-mode scans to 3 and 4D imaging with incredible flow studies, marveled at the advances in invasive radiology procedures, advances in nuclear medicine and the birth of PET scans, and all the incredible advances in radiation therapy.

We were both so fortunate to be a field where we could grow beyond our wildest dreams professionally and be surrounded by people who grew from coworkers into friends.

Thanks, Kathy and Denny for a wonderful leisiurely lunch.

I am smiling, I am humbled, and I am grateful.

“Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about.” 

Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

I am…

B…simply being.

~Peace~

Happy Radiologic Technology Month

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.”
A.A. Milne

Today is the last day of November, a month set aside to honor Radiologic Technologists. This is the profession that formed the foundation for my long and rewarding career in imaging.

Attached is a picture of just a few of the people I worked with at St. Francis Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, before moving to Colorado. Another lucky find as I worked these past few months organizing my stacks of photos. I love this picture. It makes me wish I had a picture of everyone.

Somewhere in the stacks is a better picture–one where we are all smiling. This photo was taken with all of us putting on serious faces–I can’t remember the reason–it appears we followed that suggestion very well.

Working in the radiology department is a very difficult job and one usually underappreciated. These healthcare professions study long and hard in order to understand, to list just a few of the topics in their required course of study, anatomy, physiology, and medical positioning. What is not taught or prepared for the emerging medical professional, is a course of study for dealing with the fact that they will be the ones working with patients who are injured, sick, and afraid.  They see their patients through some of the hardest moments of their lives. They take those experiences and those stories home with them, every single day. In my case, and for those faces seen in this photo, we have many faces and stories embedded in our memories. We see you, we hear you, we listen, and we remember you in our prayers.

So many wonderful memories created with this group. I am so thankful. I am so proud of the amazing people you all became. I am grateful you were and are a part of my life.

I cherish the memories you created with me.

I love you.

God bless you all.

I am…

B…simply being…

Love and peace to all.