Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Good News - Bad News

We're losing an important member of our crew to another job outside the house. It's one of those good news/bad news things. He's getting a promotion and making more money, but he won't be there at our back anymore.

I'm talking about Super D, our house nurse.

I know... I know... I was just kvetching about the nursing staff in my last post. D wasn't like that. He is an ex-military medic who's been in combat and been in the trenches and worked other correctional facilities all over and knows what life is like inside. He's no "Hug-a-thug". He knows how these guys tick and worked with us to keep them in line. But he was also more than willing to help an offender who had a legitimate medical complaint.

He's the consummate professional.

He'd probably blush and threaten to kick my butt if he saw that.

But it's true.

Because D was so good at what he did, our house ran smoother and safer. He reduced the number of offenders being taken out of their cells for spurious reasons. Before, we would have to take them out and down to the nurses office for anything, including the dispensing of OTC medications. Mostly because the nurses were too lazy to take them to the doors. D would handle 99% of their complaints at their cell doors quickly and efficiently.

And he wasn't afraid of the offenders, either. He could handle himself in a tight situation.

I wish he was a C.O. In this place, I can't think of higher praise.

But he's gotten a job offer in another post with more money and we'll only see him a couple of times a month, if that. And the Director of Nursing (mistress prickly-heat) has decided we're to have a rotating staff of nurses, so nobody has to work Adseg all the time. So we never know who we're going to get. But I'll bet the ones who don't like us are going to be coming down more often than not.

So long, Super D. We'll miss you, dude. Be careful out there.


  1. sorry your losing your "D". Guys like that just make the day go smoother, eh?

  2. It turns out that Super D is training his replacement. Someone who is supposed to be permanent. SO we won't be getting the "rotation" nurses after all. I hope it works out like that. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  3. yeah man, I think we all loved havin "D" there.