What is an average day like in your life?
I’m not sure I ever have an average day, but here is a look at what I did today. I woke-up and took the dog for a brief walk. Then I had breakfast with my family and playfully fought for the comic section of the newspaper. I arrived at my PAML office, stopped by the café and picked-up a 16 oz. non-fat Latté and proceeded to review my e-mail “in-box.” Then I met with my R&D staff to get updates on their current projects. Next I visited the Bioanalytics Laboratory to get an update on the testing performed in that laboratory. They handed me a clinical case on Testosterone testing that required me to contact the healthcare provider that ordered the testing. Then I finished reviewing an update to an article for Lab Tests Online (LTO) and sent that off to one of the staff editors at LTO. At 12:30 PM, I left my PAML office and walked over to my Sacred Heart office. I grabbed a salad in the cafeteria on my way to the lab. While I was eating lunch at my desk, I finally had time to read two papers that I had been wanting to read more carefully on Vitamin D testing. This was interrupted by a phone consult on Lamellar Body counts from a nurse working in Labor and Delivery. Then I met with my point of care team to talk about the POC meters we are using in our Anticoagulation Clinics. When I returned to my office, I had a validation binder to review for our new chemistry analyzer. While reviewing that data I took 5 more phone consults on various topics. Before I left the office, I spent about another 45 minutes on e-mail messages. I returned home, just in time to change into my yoga clothes and head off to a class that is a few blocks away from my home. After dinner with my husband and kids, I helped review my children’s homework. Once the kids are in bed, I usually relax with my husband and catch-up on what is going on with him and the kids. However, tonight, I’m finishing this interview.
How do my work days differ? On some days I have more administrative meetings, interpretations and sign-outs for protein electrophoresis and travel to partner sites. Also, I try not to eat lunch in my office every day. I try to eat lunch in the laboratory break room or cafeteria and interact with the laboratory staff. This helps me keep in touch with how the staff feels things are going in the laboratory. There is rarely a dull day and if there is, I try to use that day to catch-up on projects and assignments. On a personal note, I try to exercise 5 to 6 times a week and I try to alternate between yoga and running. Also, I try to make as many of my children’s sporting events and school events as possible.