Yesterday, there seemed to be water wherever I went! The minute I walked into the Sterilizing room, our two giant Autoclave machines (shown below) were leaking buckets of water!
Now, I work the third shift, so they told me that it had already happened earlier that day. Immediately, I grabbed a mob and the bucket and we hurried to stop the water from reaching anything important. Luckily, this time wasn’t all that bad…but the laundry room next door was completely flooded! Usually we would have day volunteers working in the laundry room, but due to Togo elections, none of them showed up. Therefore, we took off our shoes, rolled up our scrub pants, and cleaned up the flooded room one bucket at a time.
Once the floor was dry, I went upstairs for a little snack break. And on my way to my room, I came in contact with even more water! No, not another flood…just Sam with a giant watergun, spraying me with my hands full while attempting to open the door to my cabin without dropping the eggs I had just bought in the ship shop. Leaving me with sopping wet scrubs. Thanks Sam ; )
The rest of the day went well, until about 8:30 when my workmate, Kyle, and I were just about to put the last load of instruments into the autoclaves. Suddenly, water starting trickling out of the machines again! Even with about 15 towels & two mops, we could barely keep the water from escaping out the door…and I had to leave Kyle in order to page Allison (our boss) who came running to the rescue.
Once we finally got our room under control, we had to conquer the laundry room which had at least 4 inches of water in it and a collection of floating laundry baskets. It sounds miserable, and although it was not a fun job, Allison, Kyle and I managed to keep each other laughing the entire time. At one point, Kyle was even splashing in the water! It truly does make a huge difference if you enjoy the people you work with…and I sure do.