I’ve always said that all I need is a chance and I can prove my value.
I’ve always said that all I need is a chance and I can prove my value.
It has been just over a year since I started my role in HR. So, what’s the deal?
Today was a busy one at work. I feel super happy to have the opportunity to work on and lead so many new and exciting projects.
Today I had a meeting with one of my co-workers to get her assistance on one of the projects I’m working on. In my department, we have a form very appropriately called the ‘onboarding form’. This is a form that a hiring manager would fill out and send to me and my colleague when they have hired someone new that will be starting on their team soon. This also applies to individuals who are transferring into my department from another one as well as those returning from a leave.
Generally speaking, the purpose of this form is for the management team to inform us of the new hire’s name, job title, and required equipment (laptop, headset, etc). Once we receive it, we will submit the appropriate requests to get the employee’s email address activated, equipment ordered, etc. I have been tasked with re-working this form to make it easier to complete as well as ensure that all the details that we require are included in the form.
The reason I had a meeting with my coworker regarding this form is the fact that it is a ‘very macro’ form in Microsoft word. I haven’t the foggiest idea how to work or edit macros. The reason it requires macros is so that managers cannot ‘accidentally’ delete fields or accidentally edit the form itself. So it’s just a fillable form. I learned a lot today from my coworker Megan. She’s really smart 😊
I’m also working on a project related to Skype. I am piloting video Skype with a few members of the team. In its current state, we can only video message other individuals within the organization. If all goes well, recruiters will be able to do video interviews with external candidates.
It’s just such a far stretch from what I used to do. There was no opportunity to work on something like this that could potentially simplify the way we do things.
I’m really happy with where I am and what I’m doing, but I’m even more excited for what’s to come in the future 🙂
My weekend was a quiet and restful one. Greg dropped me off at my friend/sis house to get my hair done on Saturday morning. In the afternoon, he picked me up and we went back to his place where his mom, dad, sister, and niece were visiting. Sienna, Greg’s niece, is so sweet. She just turned one and is an absolute riot.
After they left, Greg and I planned to perhaps go see a movie. We got into bed to watch something on Netflix before getting ourselves together and heading to the theatre. We didn’t stay awake long enough to even put a movie or show on. I woke up, lying on my stomach, with my nose in nestled in Greg’s armpit, while Greg slept on his back with his arm around me. This was about 2 hours after we had gotten into bed.
We were perhaps a little ambitious with our plans, as both of us were feeling under the weather, and both of us really only wanted to go out to appease the other.
We spent another lazy hour in bed before getting online and ordering some dinner via the Just Eat app. I like this app not only because it gives you a variety of places to choose from, but also because you can almost always find a discount code online. I found a 20% discount code online and saved a bunch on our dinner.
Anyway, this isn’t a Just Eat commercial lol. We got Chinese food from this place called Duckee. It was good stuff. The general Tao chicken was delicious.
On Sunday, we caught a 12:30 showing of Snowden. We got to Yorkdale early so we were able to have some brunch and Michel’s, grab some coffee at Starbucks, then head over to the theatre. The rest of our day was pretty low key.
But today though. I got to work and was working on a number of things since my partner is off work for a short while. I then all of a sudden got an email invite for a meeting with regards to a manager’s conference happening next week. The senior director asked me to bring the budget with me. Um…I hadn’t created a budget. Now I had about 2 hours to “create” one lol. All this while still managing 3 other mailboxes and also responding to emails in my personal mailbox. On top of that, I was tasked with coordinating some work that is being done at our offices overnight. Some workers are coming in overnight to do stuff, so they have asked us to remove all of the stuff from our desks and put them into bins. They are actioning this in 4 steps so that everyone isn’t putting all of their stuff in boxes at the same time.
Let’s just say that I was getting pulled in every direction today. I’ve gotten most of the stuff out of the way in terms of emails sent on Friday after 4pm and up to Monday morning, but there is one mailbox that I’ve barely touched and it has at least 20 emails from 20 different candidates in it.
I love every minute of it!
It seems like time is just flying by these past couple of weeks. I’ve been keeping myself busy; I’ve been working a lot of overtime since around November. We’re very busy!
My knee surgery date is coming up. I’m trying to get things in order before I am essentially banished to home (and my outpatient physio) for the next little while. I really want to get a pedicure before the surgery date, but the listed instructions do state that ALL nail polish should be removed prior to surgery. I could understand fingernails…but would a little pink on my toes make THAT much of a difference?? Oh well-I had better not risk it. I’d hate to have my lovely pink nail polish scraped off after less than a week. Maybe I’ll just wait and treat myself after I have the surgery and I am sufficiently healed.
I’m not scared or worried about the surgery, especially since I’ve had many other surgeries. I’m more just looking forward to getting it done and healing properly. I cannot convey how much I miss going to the gym. I really look forward to taking up HIIT (High Interval Intensity Training) and incorporating it into my workouts. I look forward to spinning, and BodyCombat…and throwing some weights around. When it comes to HIIT, I had looked at it before, but there was much that I couldn’t do because of my knee (burpees, etc). I’m hoping that after surgery I’ll be more equipped to do such things. I also need to work on symmetry and building up my right leg muscles. I’ve had to favour my right knee during my weight training, and for that reason my left leg/thigh is much stronger, physically and visually, than my right.
After I had my hip replaced, I felt so much better and was able to do so much more. I look forward to the same results with my right knee. Now, my surgeon did say that physio was going to be a bit brutal and I’d have to make sure to really keep up with it. I’ll make sure to push as much as I can so I can get stronger and heal quickly…as well as maintain a good range of motion. And, you know me..I’ll keep up with pictures.
And yes, I know that Fistula Fridays and Stomach Scar Sundays fell totttally to the wayside. Blah! I’ll post an update eventually…promise. I DID see my plastic surgeon today and he’s very pleased with the results. Now all I have to do is keep up with my silicone strips and get an awesome 6 pack so I can show off my now barely there scar! 🙂
This week was a busy one for me.
On Mondays I usually work 8-1, but this Monday was a vacation day for me. I also had a transplant clinic that day. So, I went to the hospital a bit early to do blood work as well as meet up with my girls who are on dialysis. I got the Tim Horton’s oatmeal for the first time-mixed berry. It was delicious!
So I met/sat with the girls until they were done their treatment, then we all went out for lunch. I was glad to spend some time with them. After that, I went to see my transplant doc. Everything is still going great, and my creatinine is still awesome at 67.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I went to work. I worked with one of my managers and two of my colleagues for “Take Your Kids To Work” day. We talked about the importance of a good resume as well as giving a good first impression. This involved having me be the “good applicant” and my colleague Sean being the “not-so good applicant”. My other colleague Lucy was my manager Sonia’s assistant. I think the students, although they may not know it yet, learned a lot. I remember clearly my “Take Your Kids To Work” day outing with my father. It was awfully exciting, especially with him being a police officer! 🙂
On Thursday, I had a rheumy appointment. I was happy to see Lisa, another patient of my current rheumy. If you’re reading this-Hi Lisa!
Luckily everything is stable, and my next appointment won’t be until May I think. Good stuff!
On Friday, I went to the gym and destroyed my arms. I’m still sore in the best possible way!
Today I went to the dentist. I paid the price for my lack of dental visits with a good deep scaling of my teeth. I also got 3 teeth fixed-one chipped tooth, one previously filled tooth where the filling fell out, and one slightly chipped bottom front tooth. The whole ordeal took 2 hours..!! By the end, my dentist and I laughed at the fact that my mouth was so tired from being open for so long.
As I type this entry, I’m just waiting on my friend Mikey to pick me up so we can hang out. Mikey and I have been friends since we worked together back in the mid-late 90s. He’s super.
Well, that was and is my week. 🙂 I’m working tomorrow for Remembrance day. Hurray for double time! Boo to working 2pm-10pm
It has been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged, so I just wanted to do a quick check in.
I’ve been going to a lot of appointments lately. Some are just repeats of some tests that I have done in the past where the results are needed by the transplant team, while others just happened to be scheduled around this time. In the past 3 weeks or so, I’ve done a number of different tests and stuff. This includes blood tests, ultrasounds (of my stomach and a doppler-ultrasound of the veins and stuff in my legs). I’ve also seen my nephrologist and rheumatologist. I’m doing well now, so all we basically need is to plan the actual transplant. Hopefully I can remain healthy until that day should come, whenever that is.
I shall keep my blog updated and state when the transplant is scheduled. 🙂
Cross your fingers for me. Hopefully this time shall be the charm!
I have so many things/appointments going on this month!
I am first of all happy to announce that I wrote what I hope was my final exam before I graduate from college! Woo hoo! Now, I must say that the exam was quite difficult (microeconomics, or economics in general, simply isn’t my subject) so I hope I passed. I need to achieve at least 60% in the course. The exam is worth 50% of my mark and the assignments are also worth 50%. I did quite well on the 5 assignments, achieving 95%, 85%, 93%, 95% and 92%. So, I went into the exam with a 92%, or 46 out of 50. I actually haven’t “crunched” the numbers until right now. I suppose I would have really needed to mess up badly on that exam to at least not pass with a 60%. To be honest, until right now, I initially thought that the assignments were worth 40% and the exam worth 60%. I actually feel a lot better about the fact that the exam and the assignments are weighted equally.
(Assuming I pass, that is…hehe) Right now, I am just happy to be able to say that I have succeeded where this particular matter (college) is concerned. That is not to say that I may not eventually go back to school (university) to get my degree. I had an appointment with my nephrologist on Thursday and he actually encouraged me to do so. Blegh! I need a break from school!
Next, I have so many appointments this week. X-rays, ultrasounds, blood work, oncology, hematology, nephrology (two different ones)..so exhausting! But I still hope to find time to continue on with my vlog “mini-series). The next video is supposed to be about the time I lost my ability to walk/use my arms. That was a terrible time 😦
Hope to record that soon! I’m happy to have found some time (the last two days) to just lounge around and do nothing, even with all I have to do this month. I’m glad school was finished already (first week of Jan) so
I didn’t have to worry about that…!
Man these headaches are irritating. I hope the ENT can “fix them” when I see him on Thursday.
Yesterday was my rheumatology appointment. After my friend Jennifer’s story about Moronica, I went to my appointment and crossed my fingers, hoping I wouldn’t have to see a fellow. My appointment was at 10am and my father dropped me off at around 9am. To kill some time, I took the hospital shuttle bus to Toronto General Hospital to pick up a new (and unbroken) wand for my bleach bottle for dialysis, and also to drop off the pager bill for my kidney pager at the transplant office. I grabbed a tea at the Tim Hortons, then got on the shuttle bus to go back to Toronto Western hospital. The ride is about 5-7 minutes.
I got there pretty much just in time and was pretty impressed with myself. I sat down and listened to my iPod, all the while avoiding eye contact with those people who want to do research studies. I have no problem with research studies, but most of the time the studies are much more involved than I am able to get…ie. you must show up at the hospital 3 times a week for 3 months for an hour each time. Um..sorry, can’t do it.
Anyhow, I watched as people who arrived after me got seen by the doctor first. 10am turned to 11am. 11 am turned to 12pm.
The energy bar on my iPod was at the midway point as I hadn’t charged it the night before.
Finally, at 12:15, I got called in. Called in by a fellow.
Anyhow, the barrage of questions already in my chart began. I did my best not to be curt, but I was not only frustrated with being asked repeat questions, but I had just waited 2 hours and was tired and cranky.
I finally got the blood results from my LAST blood test I had back in March. No lupus flare. I suspected that, as I knew my rheumatologist, who is very much on the ball, would have called me near immediately if he had noticed anything outside of the norm.
The normal examination occured. My left hip and my right knee, which have always been jacked up, are especially jacked up nowadays. Stupid avascular necrosis. After about 45 minutes of questions and examinations, the fellow went to call my doctor. My doctor suggested that I stay on my 8mg dose of prednisone. I have very prone to flare up in the past when my prednisone was dropped too low, but at the same time, I’ve never been on a low dose of prednisone while on plaquinel. My rheumy just doesn’t want me to have a flare as that would definitely screw up transplant plans.
My rheumy also had his secretary book me MRIs for my left hip and right knee, as well as a referral to see the ortho doctor for my joints. I’m sure that’ll take a good few months. I’m sure I’ll get appointments for all three things in the two weeks I’m on vacation
I was also instructed to get x-rays of my hips and knees, which I did. When all was said and done, it was after 2pm. Ugh. I went home and relaxed before going to nightschool.
Thankfully the prof showed up this time, even though she was about 20 minutes late. The person who was supposed to be our prof apparently isn’t our prof anymore. Oh well. She seems like a straight forward professor. What I didn’t understand is the fact that she arrived late, but let us leave an hour early, even though we were 1 class behind since nobody showed up for the first class on the 11th. She really sped through a lot of the material in an attempt to catch up. I just hope I do well…!
That’s all for now. My friend’s wedding tomorrow…!
Today was a pretty long day for me.
It started off early this morning. I got up just before 7am and got ready to go out. I went to a friend’s house to get my hair done. That whole process took about 3.5-4 hours. I was lucky enough to have my Dad pick me up and drop me off at the subway. I also had a dialysis clinic appointment today.
I got to the hospital early, so I took the time to greet the nurses in my old in-centre dialysis unit. I was happy to see everyone and they were happy to see me. It’s sad going back to that clinic, because I know that they’re going to tell me about another person in the unit who has passed on. Today was no different.
After my visit, I headed back upstairs for my actual appointment. I waited for a few moments before being greeted by Fabian, one of the tech guys. He informed me of a new system/form they were implementing whereby I would have to fill out a document about my machine. The questions are yes/no questions, basically asking me the general questions like am I disinfecting my machine, am I doing the citric acid rinse, am I testing for bleach after disinfecting, etc.
I was a bit surprised (and I won’t lie, disappointed) when a doctor other than my nephrologist called me in, when I saw my doctor just a few moments before. I knew that meant they were putting me in with a fellow. This means a billion questions when it is already 2:10pm and I have to get out of here, get back on the subway, and take another bus in order to get to school before 3pm.
I didn’t get asked too many questions which is great. He did, however, question some of the medications that I’m taking (like cellcept), and also some that I truly felt that he felt I should be taking (like magnesium). I kind of get annoyed when they do that. My doctor(s) of a trillion years know what medications I’m on, and if they’re happy at where I’m at, don’t go and muck things up by taking things away-throwing extra things in. I already went through that during my pre-dialysis years. One doctor’s quest to be a superhero and change all of my medications resulted in a serious flare and subsequent dialysis (dialysis that I feel didn’t have to begin at least for another several months if not for that particular doctor). But, I digress.
He discussed my Feritin. My feritin was too high for his liking. Ah well, it hasn’t changed in several months and I am just fine.
My real doctor came in and this fellow recited my history to my doctor. I left with a prescription for Losec (omeprazole).
After that, I hurried on down to school for business communications class. The prof handed back our mid-terms. She totally embarassed me by announcing that I got the highest mark in the class!! Why would she do that!!? I got 49.5/50. Why couldn’t she just give me that extra .5 of a mark!!? I lost .5 because I accidentally put a question mark somewhere that should have been a period. Bah! Oh well, 49.5 is a-ok by me!
Classed ended at about quarter to 6pm, so I walked to the subway, which is about a 10 minute walk, and took the subway and the bus home.
Gah! I’m tired!