This is the post I've been looking forward to! The prompt for the day is to interlink some of my old posts into today's post. I occasionally do that already, but not as a regular habit.
Those of you who have read this blog for a while know the thing I write about most is work. But, I've gained lots of new readers as part of this challenge, & I wanted to introduce them to my favorite subject.
Last year I left my stable career as a call center supervisor for a local chain of department stores. I was responsible for training & quality assurance. I was with that company for 5 years, starting when I was 19. And while I loved my co-workers & the company, the relationship had run it's course. I was miserable because I wanted something more from my life.
I wanted my life to be about helping people; really helping people, not solving their issues with their online order or delivery of furniture. And so, in the shakey economy I left my stable job to start over as a CNA at a nursing home.
What a long, strange trip it's been. And it's all documented on my little ol' blog - the good, the bad & the smelly.
Having never worked in healthcare before, there were a few jaw-dropping moments for me. For example, the day I learned what a prolapsed uterus is.
And because being a CNA is a dirty job, I never have a shortage of stories about poo; like here & here.
But, it's not all fun & games. I work with mostly elderly residents who are coming to the end of their lives. When you spend so much time with people in such a personal setting, it's inevitable that they become like family. So at times I have to blog about the bittersweet moments, like the first time I had to say goodbye & why cheese curls mean so much.
It may seem like I use my blog to complain about work. I'll be honest, the job is stressful & I rely on my blog to vent so I don't drive my boyfriend crazy. But I love what I do, & I wouldn't trade it for anything.