Well, I’m Lena, 35. I live somewhere in the North but was born somewhere in the South. I’ve never thought I’ll live in a place where summer is like spring and winter is similar to autumn. But today I won’t write about it. I’ll tell you about my working day, the 2nd of December. In my post you won’t see children, husbands and people at all, maybe very rarely but you’ll see an amazing cat and… fight for oxygen, the thing I do every my day.
So Norway, fight for oxygen.
I’m getting up. Today I did it 20 minutes later then usually do. My elder daughter is watching her favourite TV show and my younger daughter is still in bed. I have to wake her up. My husband is cooking breakfast and lunch we’ll take to kindergarten, school and work. He works at home and has his meal whenever and wherever he wants.
We have only supper togeather, it is also cooked by my husband.
Children’s X-mas series begin and… it’s very important to watch the next one in the Internet in the evening, put on costumes of the main heroes and “trouble” parents and their cat.
It’s dark till 9 in the morning and after 4 in the afternoon it’ll be dark again. So, darkness is our best friend.
We’re leaving for kindergarten, school and work.
This is the corridor in the kindergarten. You can see rain-proof clothes everywhere. In winter it would be better to have more snow than rain bat the Gulfstream doesn’t think so.
Then I went to school but there was nothing interesting and now I’m almost at work. We live in a village where you can see only houses, a hairdresser’s, a sun-room and two petrol stations. I have to take my children to another village because the have a kindergarten and a school but there isn’t a hairdresser’s there. The distance between these two villages is only 2 km and the city I’m going to is in 15 km distance.
I must find my card. People usually work from 7 till 3 here but I sometimes come and leave later.
Our canteen menu. They usually have only one hot dish. Our canteen is cheap and people from the offices nearby often come here. But I don’t like today’s hot dish (it is the last in the list)…
This is my working place. My colleagues are away today they have to deliver oxygen and bags for diffusion so I’m alone today. I’m free!
It’s time to have coffee. The day starts and ends with coffee here. Everyone in the department drinks it at the cost of our department of course.
Let’s see what is degermed and if we have anything new and urgant desinfection and servise.
I check up orders and look if there are any urgent requests from individuals, rest homes and so on. If there aren’t any I can choose the job I want.
I decided to make my day interesting and start with oxygen cylinders. They can contain from 31 to 37 liters of oxygen. Our patients use them at their homes and we change them once or twice a week depending on the patients and their needs. A fully fed cylinder weighs about 70 kilos.
Oxygen bottle is a little brother of the cylinder. The bottles are used when patients move. They can take such oxygen bottles to the plane, shop etc. This bottle volume is 0.3 l. It can give oxygen from 1.5 to 15 hours depending on the capacity used.
The bottle is filled. These oxygen things are free for the patients.
I have to fill in the service form. We do double work – at first we fill in paper forms and bring them to the office and they put them into digital form. That is because of the trainees having practice at our department.
This 1.2 l oxygen bottle must be weighed but… our weigh-scales are out with my colleagues. I have go to the canteen.
The place I work is medico-engineering department.
X-mas tree in Norway style.
This is our office corridor. If a room door is open it means the person is in and you can enter.
Finally I find scales and weigh my oxygen bottle, then fill the form. everything’s OK.
Oxygen temperature in the bottle is -196 C
The view of my department from my working place. Tables in the middle are for tainees.
It’s me working for our King of Norway.
I have to go to the department where they fill oxygen into the cylinders and pass through the department of special furniture which can be prescribed by a doctor for free.
Department where special mattresses and pillows are made. They are prescribed and free too.
Here I ambut nobody’s here.
I am back. These are little oxygen bottles with oxygen regulators.
I check the bottles. We usually deliver our patients bottles 1 l in volume uner pressure of 300 bar. So there are about 300 l of oxygen in each of them.
Well I can handle the bottle. I must find out if there is a leakage,
if the pressure is right and other parameters.
While the oxygen bottle is being tested I have to pension off one of the regulators.
The place he’s gone.
His bigger brother is ready to start home.
This “ill” friend will be sent to the service centre.
It’s ready to be sent.
Final tests of the oxygen bottle.
The form is filled in.
I check up numbers. Each oxygen bottle costs about $1,300.
Lunch time. Today till noon.
The building my department is located in.
The houses nearby and winter in Central Norway…
On my way to the centre of the town. It takes me about 15 minute to get there.
I’m at the centre…
And this is my destination. I’m in the shop. I came here to buy some cottage cheese but
suddenly I see cucumbers cut. In Norway you pay not for kilos of them but for pieces.
Here is my lunch.
I’m back at work.
I go to take my scales back… and talk a little.
The fruit they deliver to different organizations.
And now a few words about my work. I work in the centre which train disabled people and help them to find their places in the world. My department officially is a part of University Hospital of St Ulav, but it is in 120 km distaance from our place. We’re a service centre of breathing systems, and work for 3 regions.
I’m still hungry and go to the canteen.
My one more lunch…
Our quiet hall…
I’m reading a newspaper. It’s a short break for smokers. I don’t smoke, so I read.
New devices have come.
It’s time to go home.
On my way home.
But first I’ll go shopping a little. Parking of the supermarket.
Supermarket decorated for X-mas.
I bought some wine and took my children home.
At home I made aspic
helped my daughter with her homework.
Then our cat came. Her name is Maxina. She’s a ship’s cat.
It’s time for children to go to bed.
Our aspic is ready, our children are sleeping it’s time to have a rest and drink some wine and go to bed.
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