An Untraditional Jobapplication

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Today, when the weekly local paper comes out, it will contain an open letter I´ve written to everybody living on the island of Fanø.

Here it is, translated into English: (I will copy paste the Danish version straight underneath this translation, just scroll down if you prefer to read it in Danish).

Dear Fanø

I come from the west coast of Norway, and have lived on Fanø now for seven years. I am very happy here, living with my husband who lived here when we met, and our three little children, two of which were born on Fanø in 2010 and 2012. I have stayed at home looking after my young ones, with the support one can get from the counsil, for that purpose. I have always wanted to be at home while my children were little, and I am very grateful that I have been allowed to do so. However, now it has come to an end. My little boy started in kindergarten in October, and I must find a source of income.

That´s why I write here now, an open letter to everyone on our island. Because it might happen that there is work for me  here on Fanø. Then I could work part time, and keep my halftime kindergarten slots, the kids staying there from 9am to 1pm only.

I am educated at the University of Bergen. In social sciences. (Anthropology, comparative politics, organizational psychology and media science). I have worked in kindergartens, as a teacher, in old people´s homes, fish factory, as a secretary and in various shops. I have worked quite extensively in the field of film production (voluntarily and professionally, short films and documentary), and I have always written poems and songs.

Since I came to Fanø I have been cleaning summerhouses for a couple of seasons, I´ve made tv programmes for Tv Fanø, I have been a movie operator in Fanø cinema, and sometimes I have helped out at Glaspusteriet (the glassblower´s). I have been a board member in Fanø Kindergarten, and I´m still a board member in Kulturelt Samråd, it´s my 6. year there now. I held an exhibition in Fanø Artmuseum spring 2011, together with fine artist Margit Enggaard. I self published a book for the exhibition (poems and short prose in English), and made a video installation with my poems and songs linked to filmclips of amongst other things, Margit Enggaard’s paintings. The Summer of 2013 I published, together with two other people living in Nordby, the first app about Fanø, which is a walk through town with lots of historical facts and anecdotes. (My role was recording and editing sound and video).

So. I´m thinking that it can´t be totally impossible at some one can use me for something or another, here on this island. As a personal assistant, for example. I have a good temper, love people, I am responsible and considerate. I can make songs or a film to order. I can translate texts from Danish into Norwegian or English. (For an impression of my English language, check out www.kaltwasser.dk/wordpress). I am service minded, I easily learn new skills, and have an allround positive attitude. I enjoy conversations about life´s challenges, but can also be quiet. I don´t smoke, and I have a driver´s licence. I´m currently studying vocal sound therapy under leadership of Githa Ben-David.

20 hours per week would be perfect. 9am to 1pm five days a week. But less will be welcome too. And if it has to be more hours than 20, of course I would really like to hear your proposal.

I hope that you, my fellow citizens, will look upon this letter as a sign of what is good about Fanø; that we can be ourselves, and be personal in our relating to eachother. If I myself had money, and needed help with something, I could easily see myself responding to a letter like this. Maybe there are more people like me on Fanø. I think that´s very, very possible. And as we know; as long as there is life, there is hope. “There is hope in a hanging fishingline.” (Norwegian proverb).

Friendly regards from

Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen

lenekaltwasser@gmail.com

 

Yup. That´s what I wrote. Danish verision follows below, like I said. It is very exciting to see if something good can come of this. Fingers crossed. Lucky is my middle name. What will be will be. Let it come.

:o)

 

Kære FanøJeg kommer fra den norske vestkyst, og har boet på Fanø nu i 7 år. Her trives jeg meget godt, med min mand der boede her da vi mødtes, og vores tre små børn, to af dem født på Fanø i 2010 og 2012.
Jeg har gået hjemme og passet mine små, med den støtte fra kommunen man kan få til det formål. Jeg har altid ønsket at være hjemme mens mine børn var små, og det er jeg meget taknemmelig for at jeg har fået lov til. Men nu er det slut. Min lille dreng startede i vuggestue i oktober, og så skal jeg finde en indtægtskilde.

Det er derfor jeg skriver her nu, et åbent brev til alle på vores ø. Det kan jo være at der kunne findes arbejde til mig på Fanø. Så kunne jeg arbejde deltid, og fortsat have mine små i halvdagsplads i vuggestue/børnehave.

Jeg har uddannelse fra Universitetet i Bergen, i samfundsvidenskab (antropologi, statsvidenskab, organisationspsykologi og medievidenskab). Jeg har arbejdet i børnehaver, som skolelærer, på plejehjem, fiskefabrik, som sekretær og i diverse butikker. Jeg har arbejdet en hel del med filmproduktion, (både frivilligt og professionelt, kortfilm og dokumentar), og jeg har altid skrevet digte og sange.

Siden jeg kom til Fanø har jeg rengjort sommerhuse et par sæsonger, lavet udsendelser for Tv Fanø, været filmfremviser i biografen og indimellem hjulpet til i Glaspusteriet. Jeg har siddet i Fanø Børnehaves bestyrelse, og sidder stadig i Kulturelt Samråd på 6. år.
Jeg lavede en udstilling i Fanø Kunstmuseum foråret 2011, sammen med Margit Enggaard. I den forbindelse udgav jeg en bog (digte og kortprosa, på engelsk), og lavede en videoinstallation med mine digte og sange koblet til filmklip af bla. Margits malerier.
Sommeren 2013 publicerede jeg sammen med to andre Nordbyboere, Fanøs første app, nemlig en byvandring med fakta og video om Nordby. (Min rolle var optagelse og redigering af lyd og video).

Så. Jeg tænker at det er vel ikke totalt umuligt at en eller anden kan bruge mig til et eller andet her på øen. Som personlig assistent, for eksempel. Jeg har godt humør, er glad for mennesker, er ansvarsbevidst og omtænksom. Jeg kan også lave film, eller sange på bestilling. Jeg kan oversætte tekst, fra dansk til norsk eller engelsk. (For indtryk af mit engelske sprog, se www.kaltwasser.dk/wordpress.) Jeg trives med kundebehandling i butik, lærer nemt nye færdigheder og har en positiv grundholdning. Elsker kulturprojekter. Er god til at indgå i kreativt samarbejde. Er glad for samtaler om livets udfordringer, men kan også være stille. Jeg ryger ikke, og har kørekort. Er under uddannelse til vokal lydterapeut under Githa Ben-David.

20 timer per uge ville være perfekt. 9-13 fem dage i ugen. Men mindre vil også være velkomment. Og skal det være flere timer, vil jeg selvsagt også rigtig gerne høre forslaget.Jeg håber at i, mine medborgere, vil se på denne henvendelse som et tegn på det som er godt med Fanø; at vi kan være os selv, og være personlige i forhold til hinanden. Hvis jeg selv havde penge, og havde brug for hjælp til et eller andet, ville jeg sagtens kunne finde på at respondere på et brev som dette. Måske er der flere som mig på Fanø. Det tror jeg er meget, meget muligt. Og så længe der er liv så er der håb, jo.

“Der er håb i hængende snøre”. (norsk ordsprog).Venlige hilsner fra
Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen
Galeasevej 4

Email; lenekaltwasser@gmail.com

 

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Lazerized eyesight

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Not to be confused with x ray vision, although it was pretty superheroinic of me to dare lie down and allow them to burn my eyes into glasslessness…

I saw this tv commercial saying that one could have lazer operation on one’s eyes for free if one’s sight was bad enough. one just had to go into a Memira office and they would check out whether one was entitled.

Next thing, I walked out of my optician’s one day and looked straight at a Memira office. Thought ok then, why not, and took the test and she said I absolutely qualified to getting it for free, as my eyesight was totally horrendously terrible.

I booked appointment at an eye specialist’s, who confirmed my rights and sent me to Odense University Hospital. They checked my eyes for tissue thickness, angles and this and that, a computer took all the data of my eyes. She explained the operation and consequences in detail, I confirmed I wanted to move forward, and she gave me an appointment for the operation. And a perscription for four different types of eyedrops, plus a small white pill to be taken 90 minutes prior to the operation, diazepan was it?  Something relaxing, anxiety lowering.

The day for the operation came. 14.of October this year. Three weeks ago now. In the waiting room, a nurse came to me and dripped something into my eyes, anasthetics, this was supposedly enough to make my eyes feel nothing. She told me she would come back for me in ten minutes. My husband would not be allowed to come inside the theatre with me, in case he would disturb the two doctors’ focus on me. Sounded reasonable enough.

So I was picked up, and walked inside. The nurse and the doctor, both women, ordered me to sit down and I got one of those blue baghats on my head. Blue bags on my shoes too.  She then took a pen and drew two dots on each of my eyeballs! I felt nothing. Weird eyedrops can make that possible.

The doctor told me she was going to explain every detail to me throughout the process, and nothing would be done without me knowing it beforehand. Then I laid down on a kind of operating table slash scanner bed which in design looked a lot like a blade from a swiss army knife. Once I was in place, they swung me in underneath or inside a machine, my head placed underneath something that looked like binoculars.

“Right. Soon I will ask you if you can see the green light,” the dr. said. “When you say yes, I will lift your bed up close to the lazer. A “sucktion cup” (directly translated from Danish) will come down and fasten to your eyeball. You may feel a little pressure. The clasp I have fastened on you, makes it impossible to blink, so you can’t do anything wrong. Just lie still, and don’t talk or scratch your face the thirty seconds the lazer is working.  Once you are positioned correctly, I switch the computer on, and the lazer does as it has been programmed to do. After the thirty seconds are up, I spend about two minutes removing the loose bits and putting the flap back onto your eyeball like a lid, I moisturize it and then we move on to the other eye where the same procedure is repeated. Are you okay with this?”

“Yes.”

I was impressed by the efficient and detailed informing. She moved on to tell me that once the lazer started, the green light would move out of sight and everything would become foggy for a short while. This was normal. She could see everything that I saw through her binoculars. I was just to keep my glance straight forward, where the green light had been. “Okay,” I said.

The doctor started, and the computer said “Induction started. Beep!”

She  told me “now it’s going all foggy, this is normal, just relax, only five more seconds now….and there we are, you may talk again.”                         But there was nothing to say. No questions were unanswered, no comments necessary. Very relaxing, I felt very safe in her care.

She did the replacing of the lid as she had explained, and started from the beginning with the other eye. It took half a minute with the lazer per eye, and two minutes’ post production work or what they call it in the medical business. i.e. 5 – five – minutes all together, to fix my eyesight so I would be free from using glasses and contact lenses. From severely handicapped to clear vision in five minutes!! The cost of the operation is 40.000 kr per eye when you pay for it yourself, unless I have it completely wrong. This is what I have heard.

So five minutes and 80.000 kr later… they swung my swiss army knife blade, operating bed out from the machine, and I sat up. “Are you okay?” Asked the nurse. “Yeah……. I’m just a bit surprised, because I can see you without my glasses on!” I replied. They both laughed. “Yes, it’s amazing, isn’t it?” they said, big smiles.

We shook hands and I left. No pain whatsoever. I was extremely tired that whole day, lay in bed with my eyes closed, mostly. But there was no pain. My eyes felt dry, a bit sore. Like I needed to take out my contacts.

The following day I went back to the hospital for a check-up, and they were thrilled my eyesight was so good already. Another check-up a week later. And I will go back for a three month check-up. I used four different eyedrops the first two days, then stopped the painkiller drops and continued the ones that were anti infection, the ones that were pro healing and the ones for liquid balance. After two weeks, only the liquid balancing ones were necessary. I will continue to take them 6-8 times a day for two months in all.

So. I can see clearly now, the fog has gone. I can see all the obstacles in my way… I definately got that whistling feeling….

Every morning I fumble for my glasses on my bedside table.

And then I spot the alarm clock and realize I can see the numbers!              I remember I don’t use glasses anymore now, and get all happy inside.      It is a wonderful, brilliant way                                                                                             of starting another new day.

I want to warmly thank the Danish state                                                                    for giving me this operation for free.                                                                          And thanks to Memira and all the medical staff.                                                          I truely love being a seeing being!

 

 

 

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