Well, I'm about to start week 3 of my new job. I've been posting private entries for a while, so I guess I should catch everyone up on what's been happening in my life. Because of some technological and other changes at the place where I worked for over 20 years, there will no longer be a need for transcription. I could see this coming, so about two months ago, I decided to apply for a position at the hospital, had an interview with the transcription supervisor, and eventually transferred to the hospital on April 7. I was actually quite excited and felt very positive about the move. I am doing quite well with the work for the most part, although I am having to look up a lot of things because I am doing different types of reports that I've never done before, but I feel fairly confident that I can conquer that aspect of it. The biggest problem for me has been finding my way around, through the huge lobby, long halls and numerous twists and turns of the hospital. For the entire first week and through part of my second week, I felt like I had literally been dropped off on another planet. I was constantly getting lost, feeling frustrated and beating myself up a good bit about it. Plus, I was having some difficulties with paratransit, a problem I hope I have solved by changing my rides so that I am picked up earlier and dropped off later. My sister was also in the hospital with a heart problem and needed a defibrillator installed. By Thursday, I did start to feel like things were coming together in my vacuous, overstressed brain, although I still have some work to do before I feel totally confident. There is another blind transcriptionist at the hospital who has been there for five years or so and she gets around fine, so I know I can too. I just feel like things should be progressing faster than they are in that area. I do like my co-workers very much. They all seem quite friendly and patient with me as I make wrong turns and ask all the annoying questions that a new person asks. Considering the fact that there is a 70% unemployment rate among blind Americans, I feel very thankful that I was able to get another position with the same company so I could stay employed and keep my benefits, and the great thing about this new position is that I actually get a 5% raise because of the difference in pay grades between the satellites and the hospital. I know I need to make this work, and I am determined to do so no matter what it takes. My sister seemed tired when she came over today, but at least she is out of the hospital. I did get to relax this weekend. Yesterday, I made some chicken and rice in the slow cooker and a great loaf of banana bread. Today was fairly boring, although my sister brought her dog over and the pet therapy was quite soothing.
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