I’m a sucker for holiday decorations—especially the loud obnoxious ones. So, naturally, when I saw a funny little gingerbread man at Hallmark who not only sang once but also EVERY TIME his motion sensor went off, I told my wife that I was adding it to my Christmas list. Well, I received an early Christmas gift in early December. Yes, it was that talkative gingerbread man!
And I couldn’t just keep it at home; I brought it in to my office to spread LOTS of Christmas cheer!
According to my assistant Cheryl, she and our other administrative officemates, Dr. Edwards and Jan Wagner, had enough Christmas cheer courtesy of the gingerbread man after about…2 minutes.
In order to share the so-called cheer (and preserve the working relationship I have with Cheryl, Jan and Dr. Edwards), we decided we’d pass the gingerbread on for other departments to share—starting with Nursing Administration next door. Well, it wasn’t long and they too had enough. They passed it on to 2 North. Patty Seevers was kind enough to keep track of the gingerbread man’s GSH journey and, in true healthcare fashion, our staff creatively cared for (I think that’s the best way to put it) the gingerbread man in the following ways:
§ 2 North started gave him a Foley catheter and an IV.
§ OB gave him a baby hat and diaper.
§ Inpatient Rehab set him up with a walker.
§ Diabetic Educators took his blood sugar and decided he was too sweet.
§ Administration provided him with appropriately placed Nebraska Husker logo on his hat and inappropriately placed Iowa Hawkeye logo on his diaper……….
§ Nutrition Services gave him a plate, silverware and cookbook and put a toothpick in his hat.
§ Emergency Services put in a chest tube and put him on a backboard.
§ PCU hooked him up to telemetry monitor.
§ Then he took a break at the coffee cart and got a coffee bean.
§ In Human Resources he applied for a job—they’re currently checking his references.
§ And then he swung by Corporate Communications where he shared his compelling life story in the hopes of appearing in one of our future ad campaigns.
After ALL of that, THIS is what he looks like today:
HA!!! I’m glad everyone enjoyed my gingerbread man (enjoyed is the correct word, right?) and helped him along what appeared to be a very acute journey here at GSH.