By Jamila Nasser
Unis Middle School
Nahad Abdallah, 33, has six kids and likes to dance.
Now, I bet you’re wondering why I’m writing about her. Well, I am because of her job. She works as a physician’s assistant, eight hours a day and five days a week. I find her job very interesting.
Abdallah assists two different kinds of doctors, an OB and a GYN. An OB is short for obstetrics and a GYN is short for gynecology. Big words, right? Well, an OB is a doctor who treats pregnant women, and a GYN is a doctor who treats non-pregnant women. On an average day, she assists the doctors by taking patient histories. I asked why she enjoys her job. She answered, “I enjoy my job because I enjoy helping people and, due to the area I am in, most of our patients speak little or no English, so it sometimes becomes difficult for the patients to explain their problems, but I’m always ready for any situation.”
Speaking of situations, I asked her what was the hardest situation she had ever been in at work. She said, “One of the hardest times is when a 9-months-pregnant lady lost her baby girl. She came that day to do an ultrasound, and it turned out she has lost the baby. She cried and cried, and so did I. It was very sad moment for all of us.”
As Abdallah and I sat in the quiet, peaceful living room, another question came to me. I asked, “When you were young, did you want this job?” She answered. “Honestly, not really. I always knew I was going to have job helping people, but I never thought it would be in the medical system.”
Njoud Faraj is one of Abdallah’s close friends. I ask Faraj if she is also one of Abdallah’s patients and she answered, “Yes. I’ve been going there for all five of my pregnancies.” I then asked her Abdallah is good at her job, and she said, “Well, of course. What’s better than walking into that office and seeing that warm, sweet smile on her face?”
Just by listening to Faraj, Abdallah seems like an amazing person and is very good at her job. I asked Abdallah how much longer she planned to continue working and she said, “About five more years is good for me.”
Wow, five more years! She been working there since 2001 and she still hasn’t had enough! I guess she loves helping people and giving comfort to the ones who lose their unborn children.
When that happens, Abdallah comforts them and says, “It’s OK. It’s what God wants right now.”