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January 2011 transplant update, new job

Posted Jan 30 2011 12:49am

I had my quarterly appointments this week with the Transplant Surgeon and Transplant Nephrologist; everything is stable (except I’m up a few pounds since my last visit; have to work on that).
The BK virus level in my urine plummetted down to 11,300 from last month. Yea!
I start a new job on Monday (1/31-ironically, my very first job ever (as a paper carrier), was started on this date in 1974.  I will be an RN Case Manager for an HMO doing disease management over the telephone.  After almost 22 years in Pediatrics, I’m switching to the “adult world”.  Some might ask if I’ll be able to do well with adults, as all of my experience is with children.  However, I have 17 years experience in phone triage; those who take this job may have experience working with the elderly, but no telephone experience, so I consider myself even with them.
My last day (obviously) was Friday, and it was bitter-sweet.  It’s really tough leaving my co-workers (office staff, nurses, and docs), and to be honest, I’ve had pangs of guilt, feeling as though I am abandoning my coworkers.  But to be honest, my Charcot Marie Tooth (peripheral neuropathy) is gradually worsening, leading to more of a loss of fine motor skills.  Being that I sometimes have to draw blood, start IV’s, and other tasks, I felt it was time to look for a position where I don’t have to depend on my physical skills. I rationilzed my decision when explaing to coworkers that it was time to move on, and the new job has more opportunities for advancement (which it does), but when I really thought hard about it, it’s more the fact that I need to depend more on my brain, as my phsical abilities are decompensating (although I was concerned that my job would eventually be eliminated, and still believe that it’s a possibility, although low).
I’ve triaged patients on the phone for almost 17 years now, and I feel that is my forte; this job depends highly on telephone assessment skills; thus, it is a perfect fit for me at this point in my career.  Anyway, it was tough saying “goodbye” to all of my co-workers (even though I’ll be employed by a different “arm” of the health system I work for now).  And there were several times when I almost became “emotional” (i.e. tears) on my last day.  However, I feel that I made the right decision.
My coworkers overwhelmed me on the day before my last day (the “penultimate” day). They had a very nice congratulations/good bye lunch for me.  When I entered the room, there was a single gift in the middle of the table (I honestly didn’t expect a gift).  When I picked it up, I thought it was a large book. When I opened it, it turned out to be a 32 GB 3G iPad!  Needless to say, I was beyond shocked.  On the back, was a very nice inscription, and upon reading it,  I had to hold back tears. I take my work seriously, and try to do the best I can, and it was apparent that I was appreciated more than I ever could imagine.


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