The first thing I do when I get to work, after I sign the health screening and clock in, I plug my iPod into my speaker and jam as I do my morning chores. It’s sort of a mental prep for the day to come.
As I was setting up my til and doing some paperwork I saw a courtesy clerk walk by my building then walk back to the main store, I didn’t think anything of it. I figured she was gathering the early morning carts. A few minutes later I saw the same girl pushing a heavy cart full of ice. 10lb bags of ice, there were probably 20 bags. I was going to go outside and tell her to let the guys do that heavy work but just as I though that the song “I am Woman” by the late Helen Reddy started playing and I thought…This girl is strong and as capable as any of the guys. Then I thought…How would I feel if I was told…Let a guy do that.
”You can bend but never break me ‘Cause it only serves to make me More determined to achieve my final goal And I come back even stronger Not a novice any longer ‘Cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul”
What a pain in the neck! In, nearly, 19 years at my job I have never filed an injury claim, until Monday. I got a small cut on my finger but because of the nature of my job, my hands were covered with gasoline, rusty water and god knows what else and since my last tetanus shot was over 10 years ago, I thought I should report it. The cut wasn’t large but it was deep and it bleed really good at first. So I filled out the paperwork and then spent an hour on the phone.
Long story short…Later that day I got my tetanus shot, which included a pertussis booster (which I am sensitive too) and spent the next 2 days with a fever.
I started thinking about this post early this morning when I had a customer say to me, “you’ve worked here a long time” and we started talking about how she remembered me being there when she got her drivers license (way to make me feel old lol) I get that a lot. Fact is….I’ve been at my job for, nearly, 18 years. Looooooong time to be in the grocery business. I’ve seen co-workers come and go. Some have passed away of old age. 2 suicides. 2 from cancer. I’ve watched co-worker’s kids grow up and move on to their own lives. Have their own kids. 3 store managers….I could keep going but I won’t.
The situation that happened today though was a first. My co-worker, whom I’ve worked with for all these 18 years, fell and broke her leg. Right there in my department. I’ve never been so shaken in my life. I’ve never seen anything so horrific. Legs aren’t suppose to bend at that angle. I went into crisis mode that I never knew I was capable of and got things taken care of. Her husband came running, he works in our store, the paramedics came and off she went to the hospital. As for me….It took me a while to calm down but I’m fine. More concerned about my friend.