I drew the short straw this year and ended up working Thanksgiving Eve and the rest of the weekend. But never fear, we can still have our Thanksgiving, both at work and at home. For work, I volunteered to handle turkey and dressing. Because I work at a hospital (Respiratory Therapist) it's not quite the same as an office where we can forward the phones to voice mail and everyone sit down to a celebratory dinner together. We're scattered throughout the building on the general floors, in Pediatrics, the NICU, and the adult units. So the upshot is we have to eat in shifts. That means a traditionally carved turkey with dressing on the side is not only impossible to cook or warm up at work in a microwave, we need to keep the food at a safe temperature for at least an hour if not a little more so that people can filter down from all parts of the building in between vent assesments and therapies, not to mention any type of patient crises. We all say a quick prayer going into holidays, for ourselves and for patients and their families, that there will be no codes or other crises. And we were lucky this year. We had a few patients who struggled but we were able to get them help quickly and there were NO code blues! Yay!
The answer to the food dilemma for our work dinner turned out to be turkey and stuffing casserole, the kind we can keep at a good temp in a crockpot throughout the evening after arriving at 6pm until our 1am dinner time. This casserole is also a great use for leftovers to freeze for a later date or just for the ease of leftovers throughout the holiday weekend.