It's Sunday, and today's task was to move the hematology machine. This item had been moved up to accommodate the schedule of the external technician. We wanted to make sure the machine was properly secured and properly installed, in his presence.
The machine was packed up, and transported, but once he arrived in the new lab to assess the situation, he took one look at it and said, you can't install it now. There is too much construction work left to be done. The dust isn't good for the machine.
As we feared. Fortunately, his schedule isn't as restrictive as originally thought. We'll store the machine in a safe, undusty place, and he'll come back this week to install it, once the lab is properly finished. It has to be functional by day 0.
Jude Anne remained quiet. Patient count: 8. They operated on someone this morning. All of the inpatients, including pediatrics, are now concentrated on Niveau 1 (what used to be antenatal). Niveau 2 will finish packing up tomorrow.
As one member of the team commented yesterday, our biggest challenge is not what might not be finished in time in the new hospital (though there are lots of little things that add up to big worries), but really, making sure we are communicating well within the team. We are all preoccupied and exhausted. It's hard to remember to handle our words as carefully as we're handling the equipment.