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Monday, February 24, 2014

What would it be like...

...if life weren't this interesting?  I slipped at work last week and sprained my ankle (second time in 2014, woo!) and my knee (never occurred to me you could sprain a knee till then.)
If it's not one thing, it's another.  But if it wasn't one thing or another...
That would mean I was dead.
I choose door number 1, thanks.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Vince Lombardi

Wise, wonderful football player.  But sometimes we don't all get the better body and the doubtful mind.  My mind often thinks I can do more than my body does.

Monday, February 17, 2014

I Hate Loving My Job

I love my job.  Not many people can say that.  But not many people are willing to focus on the good parts and let the bad roll off of their backs.  I am one of those people, and I have almost always been able to leave work at work when I go home; to give people a new start with every day. Why hold anything against someone? It wastes your energy, not theirs.
Why do I love my job? 
I love having patients above all else.  Taking care of them; sometimes it's hard for them to properly communicate what they want or need to the doctors- that's where I come in.   Being a friendly, consoling face for them if they get bad news.  I am their ally, the interpreter for the patients as the doctors talk to them in what may as well be a foreign language of medical jargon.   I am there as a "real person" you can ask your questions after the doctor has bolted out of the room.  Often times people feel like they cannot have a more laid back talk with the White Coat, or that they will be viewed as "silly" or "stupid" for asking something.  They want someone who appears more on their level to ask these "stupid question."  
I love the doctors I work for.  
In fact, I love them so much that I drive past at least three other Ophthalmic practices in my 45 minute commute.  Most of those are about 5 minutes from my home.   But I do it day after day , dragging my ass out of bed early (lets chat about getting up early with RA later) to join the traffic crawl.
That's how much I love my doctors.  Want to know why that's a bad thing?
I hurt.  I hurt all the time.  I wish I didn't, but I do. I had to stop working Wednesday's because I was getting sick so much, which meant one less day with my favorite doc.  Which also means one full day less of getting paid.  I know that people are jealous when they hear "one day off a week" but they rarely think of the sentence that follows "with one less day's pay."
It would be so much easier to work for one of the bigger practices near my house , where they probably have part time needs, where the commute is shorter, where I don't worry about disappointing the doctors.
But then I would be working in a place that doesn't care about the patients as much and, as a constant patient myself, it is very hard to no be sympathetic and understanding to the person on the other side of the clipboard.  Yes it would be easier on my body, but I would hate what I was doing.
So would that really be easier in the end, or would the stress cause the same symptoms that fatigue is causing now?  How do you balance your health with your integrity to your job?