It's hard to believe that the day has finally come! This whole week has been a little surreal and yesterday was no exception. I have to admit the last day was wonderful. In some respects it was business as usual. There were still patients to be greeted, insurance problems to be solved and personnel issues to be discussed. But throughout it all was the constant thought that this time would be the last time that I did each of these tasks. The day started off very nicely with a desk piled high with cards and a dozen red roses from the original doc and his wife:
The new doc took us all out to lunch to celebrate my and the original doc's birthday (we share the same birthday, but I'm a year older than he is). I thought I was going to be able to hold it all together until about the last hour. The original doc's wife came by to bid me farewell and tell me how much my being office manager has meant to them. Her husband gave me a touching card telling me that I am one of the most competent people he's ever known (high praise in my book!). Then the doc who just sold the practice called from California. He told me how much my being his office manager had meant to him. He said that for 10 years I had kept him organized at work and was truly his "work wife" (our little joke). He said that he and his real wife were so grateful for how easy I had made his life.
The interesting thing is that through all of this the new doc remained strangely silent. Although he took us out to lunch, he does that for every employee on his or her birthday. He never said a personal word of congratulations or thanks to me. But this was perfectly ok as it confirmed that I was making the right choice – as if there was any doubt!
Last night I had a defining moment. I usually wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time falling back to sleep because my mind is racing with worries and concerns about work. Last night I woke up and in that half asleep/half awake state I visualized a bunch of folders. The largest one was labeled "Work". I opened it up and it was empty! So I rolled over and went back to sleep.
My random number generator (hubby) picked a number and the winner of the Swallowtail Shawl is Sue – Cody Country Knitter. Congratulations Sue! I have already been in contact with her and she wants a white shawl. Perfect in my opinion.
And now let the party begin: