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Day #33 Communication is Key
Day #33 Communication is Key
Ken Eaton
Friday, May 01, 2020

Good morning Panther Nation!

I was reminded yesterday of how important face to face communication is.  The super good MCR-2 Bookkeeper/Executive Administrative Office Secretary Mrs. Loucks and I were chatting in the office about school budget information and other school related items.  You see we only work in the office a couple days and then work from home the other days, staying in contact by phone, text, or email.  So we only are face to face a few hours per week.  These methods are very effective, it’s just that we are not used to these methods of delivery.  It has just taken some time to get there.  Although, I’m pretty for sure that I will never completely get there!  You see we are communal creatures by science.  Part of our biological being is to be around other people and socially interact, at least for most of us.  This social distancing is certainly important in the crazy world we are experiencing; however, it doesn’t make it easier to do just because we are supposed to.  We have to absolutely be self-aware at all times in order to abide, restructuring our genetic fabric if you will, is definitely tough but important.

Back to Mrs. Loucks and I.  During our conversation my cell phone rang, I usually don’t answer when talking with someone physically in the room.  I looked at the number and it read LVAD  (Left Ventricle Assistive Device).  This was the device that Mrs. Eaton was on that is commonly called an internal heart pump.  I was to put that number in my phone in case she had issues so I could call.  Well, the pump is no longer part of her with the transplant.  I was so confused, I told Mrs. Loucks I had to take this call.  It was her heart doctor on the other end when I answered.  He said, “hey I miss seeing you how have you been?”  My reply (looking back was very rude, but I was very anxious why that number came up) was “why are you calling me, what’s wrong?”  He said “oh, everything is great her heart numbers are excellent and just wanted you to know that her echocardiogram was very good, we just have her on a couple of meds to keep assisting this new heart to fine tune things.”  Oh……… “in that case, how are you? How are your kids?” I replied.  We chatted a few minutes and then he told me she would be moved out of the ICU.  Great news indeed.  I would have rather heard all that in a face to face conversation, but thanks to technology through a phone at least I got the information.  Just imagine until the 1870’s we didn’t even have telephone………..

We had a great senior zoom meeting last night.  The seniors voiced their opinions on how, when, what, where graduation would take place.  Mr. Miles did a great job setting it up with an informal agenda, Mrs. Hux and Mrs. Rogers attended and gave important information.  Tentative plans were made.  More info to follow!  As good as it was, a face to face would have been better!   

Stay healthy!