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So today was supposedly my assistant's last day before she takes a maternity leave, but last Thursday she messaged to tell me that she was being rushed to the hospital, as she has gone in labor. I was in shock for a few minutes. I stared at the phone, imagined my jampacked Friday schedule and began to panic. You see, I cannot remember life without my assistant anymore. In 2010, she became part of the clinic and she has been my friend, my sidekick and at times I kid, she is my manager (the one in charge of my schedule). Haha.
Days prior to her scheduled leave she has briefed me with clinic functions. In 2010 when I trained her, I transferred everything to her. Nowadays, she runs it independent of me (I am just the dentist, the one who signs forms, cheques and gives the go-signal). I have contemplated getting a reliever, but I am quite reluctant. So now, whilst having my quiet lunch break, I am asking that question again? Should I get a reliever?
Last Friday was chaotic. I had patients from 9am to 6pm and had my lunch at 6 in the evening. I had a scheduled surgery in the morning and was lucky enough to borrow my friend's time, because I needed someone to assist me. After he left, I was on my own and the reception area was packed with back-to-back patients. It was crazy. I was the dental secretary, the dentist, the assistant and on top of all of that, I had to do the cleaning. When I opened my first clinic in 2007, I didn't have an assistant. Things are different now and Friday was just a taste of what's to come because she'll be gone for a while.
Meanwhile, she safely delivered her baby boy and I am so happy. But I miss her terribly. Waaaaaaaah! I I need my dental assistant.