Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Small Victories - Promotions & Pay Raises

Last week I said that I was probably going to have some good news to report on this blog for once. It's a week later and things went well.

Basically, last week, I was in the middle of a 2 week training period at work. More skills, more responsibilities, and a little bit more money for a (very) small promotion from a cardiac tech I to a tech II. This mostly means that my main job will have less to do with doing initial reviews (a.k.a. first passes) of incoming EKG transmissions and more detailed analysis of those same transmissions as they're triage'd through the system. It also means I'll have to do less talking to patients over the phone about minor issues and more direct handling of potential emergency transmissions with patients, nurses, and doctors.

It might be good.

As a tech I, going through 500-700 transmissions night-after-night passed the point of being tedious and was beginning to get brainless.

It's not too much of a bump in pay (and likely more work than it's worth), but it is an actual promotion and that has to look good on a resume. Also, I figure the more skills you know, the more job security you have as some employees get cycled through the cracks as new hires come in.

To tie this subject back into the main subject on this blog, it's very funny to me how much closer I am to being an expert at reading EKGs than I ever was in medical school. We literally spent 2 hours in Physiology lecture learning about EKGs and then we moved on. Sure, they come up every so often when mock patients are presented to you and you have to figure out what's wrong with them, and I'm sure EKGs would have come up even more during rotations with actual living, breathing patients (if I ever made it to 3rd & 4th year), but the actual reading of EKGs as a med student is as surface level as it gets. I have no real point here. Just an observation.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Year's Resolutions? (Weight Loss Update)

Small Update: At the beginning of last year I was posting a lot about my diet and exercise plans to get my weight back down and more fit in general. Last year, my goal was to hit 165 lbs. I made it down to 168 in the first few months of 2014. I never actually made it to 165, but I was able to keep my weight down and around 168 the entire rest of the year and that's about how much I weight today. (And honestly, keeping weight off is harder than losing weight for most people, so I'm proud of what I was able to do last year.)

I don't really have a new resolution this year.

The plan is to just keep doing what I'm doing. I should have a bit of good news coming one week from today, next Tuesday. I don't want to say anything yet just because it isn't final. It isn't going to be huge news, but it's something. (stay tuned.)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas?

This post is going to be a little more personal, but it's relevant to the blog. It's that time of year after all. The following is a story and it's not a good one; it's actually really sad.

My personal life is nonexistent right now and I think this story sums up exactly where I'm at.

A couple months ago I was counting down the days until my benefits from my new job would kick in so I could get new glasses. I haven't had new glasses in at least 6 years and my old frames were practically falling apart. Simple enough. I wait for my vision insurance to be active and schedule an appointment at Lens Crafters as soon as possible. A few days later, I go in for my appointment and notice that the optometrist was really young. It's hard to tell exactly how old she was, but I would guess that she had only graduated optometry school only a few years ago. And she was flirting with me the entire time.

I've already talked about this on this blog, but I've been single for forever and I don't really date. Reasons for this have changed over the years, but right now I'm not happy at all in my current situation. I put my life on hold for so long while I was stuck in school and unfortunately, my plans didn't work out. Now I'm just stuck with a lot of debt without that much to show for it. I feel like I know a lot and I'm a hard worker, but I just don't have the licenses or degrees to do any of the things I want to do. As of today, I'm still doing my best to get my life back on track and change it into something I can be proud of while making enough money to be able to pay all my bills. Until then, I don't feel like I deserve to be in a relationship with anybody.

When people ask, I always say something like this, "I'm not married and I don't have kids. I don't have a girlfriend and I'm not even looking."

All of that is true and it sucks. So what do you do with a cute optometrist is flirting with you before, during, and after you eye exam?

I'm usually really dense when it comes to girls and if they're interested. So when even I can pick it up, it would probably be completely obvious to anyone else in the room. She already knew a little about me from the patient information sheet you fill in and we actually had a few things in common. I made her laugh a couple times, she was telling some jokes, and her hands were all over my face during the exam itself.

Before I left, I could have asked for her number and she would have given it.

But I didn't do that.

Instead, I picked out some frames and completed the rest of the exam with one of the technicians. I then paid for everything and left.

And that kind of sums up my personal life. I didn't ask for her number not because I was too shy or I wasn't interested or anything like that. I didn't do it because my life situation is embarrassing right now. And it sucks. I wish I had the life where I had the means to do all the things I would like to do, but I don't.

All I'm doing right now is working, saving money, and filling out applications.

Hopefully, I'll be able to continue to turn it around in 2015 and eventually get to a place (mentally & financially) where asking for the number of cute optometrists who are flirting with you is even an option.