Category: Day to Day


Friggin Updates

I know I haven’t written an actual blog entry in about two years, but I feel the need to vent.

What have I been doing?

Last year I graduated with an AAS in Medical Assisting. I got my certification in January. I got a bunch of interviews right away. It seemed as though the people I was interviewing for were practically falling all over themselves trying to get me to work in their office. I had two interviews in one building on the same day and both called me with offers as I was walking to my car.

I ended up taking a position working for a large medical group in Portland, Oregon. It was a family medicine office. Everything was cool at first, but after a while I got the feeling I didn’t fit in with my group. I thought everyone was great and I even got some good letters from patients saying what a great job I was doing. Well to make a long story short the position didn’t work out and I resigned. The managers seemed to be OK with my decision and agreed with my reasoning. I figured since it was so easy to find the first job I would wouldn’t have any trouble finding a new one. I wanted to work in Washington State “where I live”. Working across the border in Oregon adds extra taxes, a HORRIBLE commute, and things like that.

Well that was a BIG MISTAKE! It’s going on three months and of the 35 resumes sent out I’ve only got one response saying the position had already been filled, one interview that would require me to get a $1000 certificate before working there, and one other interview which so far hasn’t turned into anything. I’m starting to think that someone has painted a “DO NOT HIRE!” sign on my back. Now it seems like 80% of the job postings I am seeing are part time??!!?!!? The rest either have some stupid demand like 20 years of experience or speaking a dozen languages. I’m sort of giving up on healthcare and aiming for JOBS THAT PAY.  Any job! Today I applied for a position at the dump that involved pressure washing containers and trucks. It’s an outside job so hot in the summer and cold in the winter, BUT they offer OK pay and insurance. I guess I can be filthy for a living. All of the grocery stores within 50 miles pay minimum wage and only a few offer any kind of benefits. Over all it sucks!

Everyone keeps telling me how the right job will come by at the right time, but until that happens I’m running out of money. Can I still apply for a shit job with a bankruptcy under my belt? I’m so fuckin glad I gave up a lucrative career for something I thought I’d like doing…. Now I’ve been away from that line of work long enough that I couldn’t go back if I wanted to.

Talk about a day late and a dollar short. I’m coming up on fifty years old. This is not where I’m supposed to be. Right now I’m about a decline letter away from selling everything and just walkin on down the road. ontheroad

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How I Spent My Thursday

I don’t spend all my time eating weird things. I have a few other hobbies too. Today was a nice relaxing day at the local shooting range. Yes, relaxing. It was also about 95 degrees, so I’m thankful for shade.

I filmed this a couple of weeks ago, but I never finished editing it. These fries were delicious. Go Carl’s Jr! I hope they keep this on the menu.

“April Fools” Friday was fun. I finished the training for my new job that starts Monday. I got out of work an hour and  a half early. The sun was shining and it was 75 degrees. Then I got stuck in a horrendous traffic jam. Then my jeep died on me. I finally got home at 7:30pm, and the tow ended up costing me $240. Hooray for April Fools Day.

Jobby Job

I need to get back in to the writing something every day mode even if my days start to sound the same every day. If I become a bore, don’t hold it against me.

 

I think the last time I wrote something it was right after I passed my CMA exams and got my certification. Well since then I had to renew my BLS (basic live saving) certification. It’s an easy class, but I found out that my new employer wants a different one. Tomorrow night I will take the class again. I’ve never heard of a CPR class on a Sunday night, but it’s the only one I could get on short notice. The same day I finished the first CPR class I decided to digitally threw a stack of my resumes as high as I could to see where they landed. I didn’t think I was going to get any responses, but I did. I got a call from two family medical offices in one of the larger medical groups in Portland.

I interviewed for both positions on the same day. That was a long day, because they were four hours apart. I found the parking garage at the main hospital where the second office was but as I was driving up to the entrance the sign said “clearance 6’4”? My Jeep is six feet five inches tall! As soon as I looked down from the sign, another car pulled in behind me. Instead of trying to make a million-point U-turn I decided to try to inch my way in. The warning chains lightly tapped on my roof rack, but I fit. I inched my way to the top floor and had some lunch.

Both interviews went great. The only deciding factor I had was the first building doesn’t have any employee parking. When I was there for my interview, one of the ladies said she parks on the street? The street the office is on is VERY busy. I like parking garages. As I was leaving the building where the second interview was my phone rang. It was the group I had just left. They said they liked all of the answers I gave then during the interview and wanted to offer me the position. They said I would have to wait for the official offer from the recruiter, but when that call came I found out both offices wanted me. She said to be fair I would have to wait until the provider I would be working for had a chance to meet me. He starts work the same time I had my second interview, so I didn’t get to meet him.

The second provider interview went great. The doctor just got his MD last year. When he walked in the room all I could think of was Doogie Howser even though he’s probably in his thirties. We both ended up having a lot in common, and he was eager to know which office I was going to choose. I told him about the parking, and he said he parks in the same garage. It’s only a block away and they were secure employee spaces. “Done!” I accepted that position later that day.

Since then I’ve been doing all of the background checks, legal paperwork, and so on. My first day is on the 21st of this month and I can’t wait.

Updates (2/22/16)

caduceusSo yeah, I haven’t posted a regular blog post in ages. It seemed like posting every day or close to every day started sounding the same. So let me catch you all up (if you care). Last Spring, I graduated from Clark College. That summer I finished my extership at a family practice office close to my house. I finally got my degree “hooray”.

Then I took the month of October off, because it seemed like the thing to do. The first week of December I pulled a muscle in my lower back and was pretty much off my feet for December, January, and part of February. I thought it was a kidney stone at first, but the doctor told me I strained the Quadratus Lumborum, which is the large muscle that attached to your spine and spans from basically your waist to the bottom of your rib cage. That muscle pretty much allows you to bend at the waist. Every time I tried to stand for long periods of time, got up from a chair, or got into bet it felt like I got stabbed in the side with rail road spike. Now that the muscle has healed, I can get around without looking like I’m 1000 years old.

In January I took the Medical Assistant certification exam. I passed. I was a wreck the night before the exam. I couldn’t sleep as usual. I finally fell asleep about three hours before the exam. I still don’t know how I pulled it off. Anyway, now I have an official title CMA(AAMA). Sweeet! Now I can look for work. In fact, today I have a telephone interview with a family medicine office right over the border in NE Portland. Things sounded pretty good when I talked to the recruiter last week. I hope today goes even better. If they do, I will have an interview in the office I’ll be working in sometime this week or next week. Fingers and toes crossed. One of my classmates from the Medical Assisting program already works there, so if I do get hired there I will already know one person. Hooray!

Answers To A Sad Q&A

I left the original call for questions up for a week. I only got a few questions even though a couple of people asked me to do it? I ended up deleting the original video once the asshole trolls got hold of it. Anyway here you go. It’s short.

If you have any questions for me, you can leave them in the comment section of the YouTube video.

Simple question. What’s your favorite burger? Doesn’t have to be a beef burger. It can even be shrimp!

Questions……

Like the video says, I got asked to do another question and answer video on my YouTube channel. I haven’t done one in a while and the channel has grown a LOT since then, so why not. The rules are in the clip. No lotto numbers, home addresses, phone numbers, locations for Leprechaun gold, or anything like that. If you wanna know why I do what I do on YouTube or in real life…ask. I’ll answer your reasonable questions in a video about a week or so from now. I’m currently studying for a certification exam at the end of this week, so I won’t be doing anything new until after that.

Shameless Plugs

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