As some of you know, I work in a dental office. This is my view as I sit in my chair with the telephone, appointment book and computer within easy reach.
Everything I need is easily reached from my chair on wheels. To keep my blood circulating, I always get up and walk the folders to their place in the file cabinets.
Straight ahead of me is the waiting room. We use the television to show movies for the children who come in with their families.
If I rotate my chair to the left, I have a nice big window. I can't imagine spending eight hour days without the ability to see outside.
We're located on a busy street with a wide variety of businesses all around. My window is facing a side street while the main street is to the right of the window.
The white building ahead and to the right is a car wash. Beneath the tree is a hair salon and to the left of it is a U.S. Cellular/Directv store. An adult day care center is across the empty lot in front of my Avalanche, the dark green truck. Our dental office shares a building with a drycleaner and a dog groomer. Through this window, I can watch the small dogs as they're carried or led by leash to the groomer's suite. I hope to capture some photos and post a blog on the daily parade of dogs that pass by.
Since I started working for Dr. Onderak in 1992, we've accumulated several file cabinets full of patient folders.
Last week, we added a fourth file cabinet in order to provide relief to the tightly squeezed folders. They're breathing a lot easier now and I don't have to play tug-of-war with a folder to pull it out.
As we journey to the left, I'd like you to meet my printer, an office essential.
Pictures of Lon, Jared and the fruits of their fishing labors are great conversation starters when patients are at my desk. The hammerhead shark, the stingray and muskies draw nearly everyone's attention.
This is Operatory #1. When I first finished the dental assisting program at the local vocational school, I did some chairside assisting. I haven't done that at all since I started working for Dr. Onderak. I like the office work and the variety of responsibilities in my position.
Instruments are cleaned and sterilized in this area. I pass through this area frequently on any given day. The ladies' room and the refrigerator necessitate this route.
I seldom enter this room, Operatory #2 or Operatory #1. Unless I need to ask the doctor an urgent question or deliver a message to a patient, I stay out.
The south end of the reception area provides this view. I roll behind that tall section of my desk when I'm eating my trail mix bar, drinking my smoothie, spooning straight peanut butter from the jar or applying lipstick or powdering my nose. Nobody has a clue what I'm doing when I disappear.
The tricky part is when the phone rings just after I've taken a mouthful. I chew as fast as I can, push whatever I'm eating into my cheeks and say "Wewoh, Doctoe Ondewack's awfith."
This interesting work of art hangs on the west wall in the reception area. This framed wallhanging is composed of a painted barn and an assortment of other materials depicting the rest of the scene. Fabric, yarn, paper and cotton were used by the artist.
These close-up shots reveal the artist's materials.
Here's another view of my work area. You can probably guess where I am!!
I start my work day with a cup of coffee in this unique mug. The design reminds me of the rosemaling my mother used to do. Its bright color and unusual shape start my day off on the right note. Of course, the coffee inside jumpstarts me too.
The screensavers on my computer monitor provide me with glimpses of the rest of the world beyond my little niche.
A second or two of looking at these photos revives me throughout the day.
I mostly like my job. My boss and coworkers are easy to work with and I've made friends with many of our patients. I'm only a few minutes from home so that's a plus also.
Thanks for coming to work with me. Grab a snack from my drawer before you go.