Today was just 24 hours? Are you sure? It feels like more.
Legal interpreting is not as scary as you think; Medical interpreting is scarier than you think; and, Educational interpreting is more challenging than you think.
Working despite the pain does not mean you are brave, strong or dedicated. It means you need help. Go see a doctor!
It’s Friday, just after two a.m. You have been sitting at this emergency room appointment for hours, but the Client has been asleep and you have not interpreted for more than five minutes the whole time. You get paid a differential for weekend work, plus one for night work and another for emergency work. Are you having a good day or a bad day?
Don’t worry about waking me up, when I decided to go to medical school I knew I would be called in to the ER at 2:00 in the morning and I knew… oh, wait that’s right, I never went to medical school! I’M NOT A DOCTOR!
I know the WiFi password and door codes to the snack room and bathroom at A LOT of Emergency Rooms.
Props to Chelsey Cahilly
Medical or Legal ASL dictionaries are only marginally effective interpreting tools, unless the Client has read them too.