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?
I’ve pretty much been sick non-stop since the new year! I’ve had strep throat twice and now I still have a sore throat with a constantly plugged up nose. My neti pot has definitely been working overtime!
Anyhow, work is going well. I’ve been really busy working on various projects but i haven’t been happier work wise for a while. What’s more is that I’m glad that I finally managed to get my foot in the door. My goal is to move over to another role very soon and continue advancing my career.
Anyhow, very quick update. I promise to blog more often 🙂
The inevitable happened-i’m properly sick. I have a runny nose, cough, and my regular fatigue on top of that isn’t helping either.
One of the advantages of my current role is the ability to work from home if need be. Just today my access request was completed to give me access to working from home. I tested it out today. It took a little while for me to get registered and figure out what to do, but I managed to get everything done.
Another advantage of my current role is the ease with which I can simply let my manager know that I need to rest and therefore will be coming into work later on in the day. Assuming there aren’t any matters of specific urgency, it’s great having such flexibility.
Now, time to go and get my fill of my fluids.
The last number of weeks have been busy. Let me try and brief you on what’s going on:
Last month, I was successful in securing a part time, work from home HR Coordinator internship with a not-for profit organization. If you keep up with my blog, you’ll know that I have been a bit frustrated and at a loss as to what or how I should go about securing an HR role, with my main obstacle being my lack of experience. Thankfully, this company decided to take a chance on me and give me the opportunity to gain some valuable experience which I can put on my resume. This will hopefully help me in the future when it comes to getting a paid, full time role. So far so good- I really like it. There is a lot of research and learning involved, and I look forward to the next number of months of work with this organization. I am doing this internship in addition to my current/previous job at the bank.
Next, just 2 days ago was my father’s official last day on the force-he has finally retired! My dad has been on the force since 1978 and has accomplished such greatness in that time-the type of greatness that could take several lifetimes to achieve. His work in the community has helped bridge the gap between youth and the police-a relationship that can sometimes be strained due to preconceived notions about what “at-risk” youth OR the police are about. It makes me so happy to have such a positive, strong, and selfless man as my very own father. His retirement party is coming up in a couple of days and it’s going to be a big one for sure. After retirement, my dad will still work with the police, but in a chaplaincy capacity.
What a great man.
What a proud daughter.
If you follow me on instagram, you’ll likely already know that I went to Florida with my mom and dad in July. It was an absolute great time. We drove down in the RV. It was amazing for me, as this is the first time I’ve done something like this since the transplant. What a blessing to be able to do such a thing and not need to worry about coming up with hundreds, even thousands of dollars for dialysis, or worry about getting sick. I didn’t get sick once while we were in Florida, on our way there, or on our way home. Again, what a blessing. The only hiccup we experienced was an issue with our transmission on our way home. We were in Tennessee in the middle of the night when I was woken up by the sound of my mom yelling my name, telling me to “come come come!” The RV was full of smoke. It turns out there was a leak somewhere near the transmission so we were leaking oil…so essentially, we were driving this huge RV with no oil in it. We were lucky enough to have been towed to a great repair shop with lovely, honest mechanics who got us up and running in a little over a day. It was an adventure to say the least, and I actually look forward to going back to Tennessee to visit our new friends at the repair shop in the future.
One of the most important updates-I’m an aunt! My brother and his girlfriend brought my lovely niece, Mia, into the world exactly one month ago. She’s an absolute gem-I’ll share pictures in the near future! 🙂
That’s all for now I think!
Where did the summer go?? 😦
So as I’ve mentioned many times, I went back to school and took HR. Finding an HR role has been difficult to say the least, but I’ve certainly been looking.
Recently, a few entry level HR roles have come up within my current place of employment. I’ve applied for them and have put my best foot forward. So, I’d ask you to keep me in your thoughts. Cross your fingers, pray, whatever it is that you do…please do that for me!
You know, I’ve been here looking for a new role for a while now, as I really feel like it’s time for me to get out of what I’m doing right now. I’ve been doing what I do now (CSR) for nearly 11 years…and I think it’s time to move on. But, at the same time, I feel almost…paralyzed with fear when it comes to moving to another department, or another job.
I’m afraid of getting sick. A day here and there isn’t bad. But lupus is so unpredictable, and my hemoglobin levels have been less than stellar these days. I really, REALLY want to get out of what I’m doing right now, but, I know that if for whatever reason I had to take time off from my current role due to illness, my role would still be there for me when I return.
I know that It’s not really a good idea to live in the “what ifs”, and just go for what you want. But, when you have a chronic illness, it’s always something that lingers in the back of your mind. The last thing I want to do is fail, or have to give up my role. All I can do it my best, I suppose, and hope that wherever I end up has management and colleagues as understanding as they are in my current role.
Wish me luck.
Today was my first 8 hour day back to work since my knee surgery. It was a long day because I had a lot of complicated and time consuming client problems to deal with, plus next week is casual dress week for those who donate money to a charity that my employer is working with. My manager is away, so it was my job to go around and get the donation money, create check lists, etc. All in all, I made it through, but I’m glad to be home to relax. In any other situation, I’d have been back to work at full capacity by now, but for some reason, my hemoglobin has been very stubborn! It’s lingering in the 92-93 level (9.2-9.3 for my downstairs neighbour American friends). It’s been like this for months, in spite of suffering through months of iron pills (iron pills are the devil when it comes to your stomach). Looks like it’s more spinach and steak for me..!
This weekend will be a busy one; I’m doing birthday related activities with friends (my birthday/mother’s day is on Sunday). I’ll be meeting one set of friends tomorrow for lunch, and another set for dinner. With Sunday being mother’s day, that day will likely be more geared towards mother stuff 🙂
Well, the very act of leaning on one arm to type this entry is making me lazy/tired, so I think I’ll end it here. Let the birthday weekend festivities begin! (Can’t wait to get my free starbucks-mmmm!)
I got the results of both my colonoscopy and my CT scan today-I have nothing to worry about. The very nice doctor who did my colonoscopy noted that he believed that my pain was probably related to some sort of post colitis inflammation.
I’ve been reintroducing things into my diet little by little. I love smoothies and have been drinking/making them for about a year. It’s been difficult not being able to drink them as often as I do due to my stomach pain. This morning I made a green smoothie-complete with raw kale and spinach. It went well and I didn’t experience too much stomach pain, so I’m pretty happy about that 🙂
I’ll be going back to work and I look forward to that as well. I can only lie around for so long..!
I went to see the specialist on Wednesday. Now they’re not so sure that I’m still suffering from C. diff…now they think it might be gastritis. So, in addition to the CT scan I have scheduled, I have a colonoscopy scheduled as well. Man oh man do I have a fun filled couple of weeks ahead of me!
In the meantime, my pantoprazole has been d/c and replaced with lansoprazole. I mentioned that I’m a fan of the lansoprazole simply because it just looks so…fashionable!
But alas, I’ve been taking these since Thursday morning and I haven’t noticed any miraculous change in my stomach pain. It’s just so..unpredictable. At least if I could pinpoint a certain food or something that was causing the pain, I could avoid such foods until this issue is resolved, and at least be able to go back to work..! Ugh.
To be continued….