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  •  A veteran of holiday work (7+ / 0-)

    As an air traffic controller, a 24/7/365 operation for most of the facilities, I worked a lot of holidays in my first fifteen or twenty. Then I got senior enough to bid Christmas off, and always did. But I remember them.

    However, it's not my intention to threadjack based on my, experiences, but to share based on my bride's, who was/is (does a nurse ever truly leave the profession) an RN. Actually, she's a CRNA, but left that practice around 1973—think ether/cyclopropane (among other agents) and pregnancy.

    So in our early years, she basically worked a surgical schedule (M-F) although with periodic OB/GYN call thus not catching too much Christmas duty. In later years, however, she spent time in labor & delivery or ICU so definitely caught the 24/7 schedule.

    I said all that because our family totally relates to working on Christmas, and my bride totally relates to nurses everywhere, as do I, by extension. I think of every one of you on every holiday and every time my (retired) RN takes on another cause (currently a friend with Stage 4 metastatic CA—as we speak my bride is  at church with her for what is probably her last Christmas).

    Bless all of you.

    LRod—UID 238035
    ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired
    My ATC site
    My Norm's Tools site

    by exatc on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 07:59:01 AM PST

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