Amy’s Life in Brief

My new job is going OK….
May 22, 2008, 5:46 am
Filed under: advanced directive, husbands, job, MSW, social work | Tags: , , ,

I’m learning a lot and it is a very fast-paced environment.  That has been good and bad.  The good thing is that I’m never bored and the day passes quickly.  The bad thing is that the day passes quickly and it is difficult to get to all of the referrals and is hard to get back and touch bases with previous referrals who really need follow through.  Today there were two patients that I really needed to get back and see and I was only able to make to one of them.  There were a couple of emergencies and I didn’t get back to the second one.  

I’m also enjoying working with my co-workers.  They are a very supportive and understanding group of women.  They understand that I haven’t worked in awhile and I’m still dusting off my clinical skills.  I’m feeling more confident by the day, but I’ll still get thrown by something.  Then, I feel dense. I need to work on writing up my assessments and writing my clinical notes.  That aspect has started to get easier but I’m still feeling like I’m not writing them very well and not very understandably.  No one has complained, though…I’ll just keep working on it.

I’m also learning how many people do not have Advanced Directives for Health Care, in spite of having very serious illnesses.  So many people don’t want to put anything in writing because they don’t want to think about it, or they seem to think their loved ones will know what to do because “they’ve talked about it.”  I actually fall into this category, but I’m going to get mine together and signed so it’s in place. I’m going to try and get it done before my next yearly physical so I can get a copy into my medical records.

All in all, it has been good.  I’ll continue to work essentially full-time until the end of June.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to hold up until then.  Aaron is still working on making that transition at home.  He is doing more to help with the kids and the housework at night, but there is still a lot left just for me…and that is so frustrating!  But it has gotten better.  About the time he makes that adjustment I’ll be down to working only a day or two a week and I won’t need him to do as much around the house. Oh well!


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