I need some guidance, interweb friends

As you know, I am becoming increasingly bored in my current position.. (sorry, I complain so damn much).

A position has opened up through the hospital system (Mercy Health) for a Receptionist at one of their surgery centers. Because there would be several surgeons doing procedures at this surgery center, I feel like it would be busier than the job I currently hold, plus it’s still within the realm of surgery.

I have been in this position for almost 8 months now, and it literally has been a consistent baseline of “getting there…….” every time the main surgeon I schedule for asks if he’s keeping me busy enough. Every day I have no idea if I will even schedule a single surgery, no joke. I don’t even know if I will get a single phone call on any given day. THAT’S HOW SLOW IT IS.

Rant over, sorry.

What should I do? Is it even ok to be thinking of applying this other position, should I wait it out another month or 2, or should I just go for it? I need some guidance..

 

-MB

Hello again,

Just me here, about to “complain” about my job once again. I don’t know why I put quotations around complain, because that’s what it really is.

Ok, so here’s the thing, I work for 2 physicians. One who is probably going to retire here shortly and the other is still working full force. They are both orthopedic surgeons, one of which also runs the ortho residency program here through the main hospital. When I interviewed for this position the practice manager stated this is a fast-paced working environment, you will need to be able to multi-task and be able to cross train in certain areas. At the time, I was thinking “awesome, this sounds like the perfect job and I get to work with ortho doctors again and be around patients.” Boy was the practice manager (mostly) wrong. I mean, when you say this is a full-time position, I have no idea how someone could do this and be pleased with their life for several years…

When the physician signs a patient up for surgery they are brought to my office (which, by the way, enables my already social awkwardness) and I take down some info and provide them with a folder with all their appointments and such. But then I am done, literally until the week before their procedure. That’s it. Very rarely do I need to follow up with Primary Care Physicians, Cardiologists, etc to provide clearance for a patient prior to surgery, but even then it’s not an ongoing task. Granted, I do occasionally need to juggle the phone (to actually schedule the surgery at the hospital), a patient asking me questions and a co-worker asking me about something completely different, but again, that is like once every two months.

I know I have only been here for 7 months, so maybe it’ll pick up towards the end of the summer, but I don’t know. I feel like if I start looking for another position right now, or in the near future, my family and friends are just going to think badly of me once again for jumping from job to job. I just cannot see myself being happy in this position for much longer. I need so much more to do, more brain stimulation, more things to handle. I WANT to multi-task– EVERY DAY! I want to look at the clock at the end of the day and think “where the heck did the day go?” instead of “how the f is it only 1:30?” I’m not sure if anyone else feels this way about their current job, or maybe it’s just me.

I was so used to being so busy all the time in my previous positions, that I just can’t do this for much longer. When I have an incredible amount of time on my hands almost every work day to research houses or check on my status of schooling, or type blog posts (LOL). There are only so many copies of handouts I can put together, only so many schedules I can put together for the following week for the doctor..

I guess I just don’t understand how a doctor who literally sees 70-80 patients on Mondays and Wednesdays and about 30 on Fridays only give me about 4-5 people per week to schedule.

Sorry for being ridiculous, but I need more in my life! UGH.

Thanks for reading, I hope you’re having a better week (career) than me.

-MB

Never stop exploring.

IMG_94945.29.17 Bird Hills Nature Area// Ann Arbor, MI

Yesterday was so incredibly beautiful. We left the apartment around 9am to do a short 3 mile hike at a nearby park. I often “complain” about not being close to the mountains and Colorado that I don’t take advantage of the beautiful nature and vast trails we have right here in Michigan.

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I could not get enough of the beautiful greeeeeeen trees on those trails. The sun was just starting to shine through the leaves and it was gorgeous.

IMG_94965.29.17 North Bay Park // Ypsilanti, MI

You may notice in the posts to come that I have a slight obsession with weeping willows. Whether they are full of life or barely hanging on, gosh they are beautiful.

Willow trees with their long flowy leaves are just to die for.

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I’ll post this one just to showcase my husband’s mad photog. skills ❤

Well, that’s all for now.

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, God Bless those who have sacrificed so much and those who continue to and will in the future. I thank you all for your serve. Freedom isn’t free.

-MB

I hate being stupid.

Gah, this just sucks so much. I clearly understand I should have tried harder in high school with my grades and testing, but my college courses and my final GPA wasn’t horrible. I received the e-mail I was super excited to get, however, it did not contain the best information. The guidelines for “admission” or a seat in the selective health programs states you must have at least 55 points to be considered for the Surgical Technology program. Apparently, during this particular evaluation of students I had to have at least 72 points.

My guess is that it is almost all new high school graduates with great grades and test scores who are in. And then there’s me, I’ve been out of high school for 7 years now (holy crap!) and out of college for 3 years (damn!). I have finally figured out what I want to do with my life and now I am put on a waiting list with the hopes that (6- UGH) students will deny their seat. I mean, really though, who would apply to the program only to not want to attend. Makes no sense to me.

I just really hate that I applied myself in college and only a couple of those grades count toward my file for this community college. ALSO, the fact that ACT scores are necessary is kind of bogus too, since I took that FOREVER ago.

I guess you know you’ve hit bottom and cannot come back from horrible high school grades, test scores and decisions made when you’re “wait listed” at a community college.

I apologize for the ranting, this is just frustrating and I just really wanted this.

Hoping those 6 students decide to venture off to bigger schools and other programs!

Thanks for reading, if you did.

-MB

Surgery can suck it.

So I had my left eardrum operated on last Thursday. It had a large hole due to increased sinus pressure from a head cold back in November… yay. Technically it is better, although it doesn’t feel the best right now. I mean, the “fullness” sensation as if there is water in my ear whenever I moved my head is now gone, however, the amount of “gunk” or whatever is crusted over (sorry for too much info..) in my ear because of the surgery is kind of uncomfortable.

I am grateful the surgery went well and hope all is healing correctly (I have my follow up on Friday), but at this point I just really hope the doctor puts something in there to flush it all out.

Also, super stoked to take this damn bandage off for good. It looks like I don’t have a left ear.

That’s all for now.

-MB

Such a small part of this life.

So often we worry so much about such little things in life, when there are far worse situations happening in this world. Last night before going to bed, I asked my husband “Hey, did you see the walk out at Notre Dame during Mike Pence’s commencement speech?” and his response was “No, but did you hear about the bombing during the Ariana Grande concert?”

We become so engrossed in petty politics, little arguments and everything else these days and they mean so little in this life. The fact that there are now 22 fatalities and 59 critically injured is so incredibly heartbreaking. They have come forth to identify 2 individuals, one being an 18 year old girl and the other an 8 year old. A suicide bomber was in Manchester, England last night where hundreds of men, women and children were minding their own business enjoying possibly their favorite artist, and out of nowhere, were struck with such tragedy. I cannot even begin to imagine the heartache, shock, fear and everything else they all must be feeling during this time.

It is so sad that we must watch everything, everywhere at all times. We  have absolutely no idea what could be around the corner. I wish we could just live our lives without the worry of a suicide bomber being in the building and/or potentially sitting next to me somewhere in the future.

Ugh. This world is such a cruel place filled with some cruel, cruel people. I pray for Manchester and the victims of that attack and I hope they find peace in this incredibly difficult time. Life is so damn precious.

LGBTQIA+ (thoughts…)

I am absolutely 110% in support of all persons within the LGBTQIA+ community, without a doubt. I just noticed something the other day one of my friends posted on Facebook. They consider themselves non-binary transgender. They prefer the pronouns They, Them, Their. I guess they consider themselves to be masculine non-binary transgender. For some reason, this kind of -ish doesn’t make sense to me..

I know there are so many genders that absolutely exist. I am not saying they don’t. I noticed this friend posted a picture of them and the caption stated “I took apart, transported and assembled this children’s playset. I am now either your new dad or your new husband. I don’t make the rules.” For some reason this hit me in an odd way, and maybe someone can explain it to me.

If someone considers themselves to be non-binary trans, can they also be masculine? This person continues to be offended when other misuse pronouns (completely understandable), however, they ALWAYS tend to ridicule and shame cis-hetero individuals. If you are striving for a world of equality of all sorts, should you truly be calling out ALL cis-het persons? I feel like that goes against everything. I understand that some people clearly purposefully misgender trans persons, which makes me want to punch them in the face, but for those who continuously work on it and accidentally slip up, give them a break. They validate you as a HUMAN BEING. You shouldn’t be ridiculing them or shaming them for this mistake. Instead, take it and using as a teaching tool. Help them out if they would like it/need the assistance or teaching.

This kind of got a little out of hand, but I just needed to put this out there.

If anyone has some answers regarding my above question:

Can a non-binary trans person consider themselves to masculine?

Please inform me.

-MB

Guidance.

One week from today. That is the deadline for the select health program seat requests. I already submitted my request about 2 weeks (I think) ago. I am so anxious about this, not really sure why, but I am.

It was kind of odd, actually, when I was completing my undergrad classes and applying to the Nursing program at my previous university, I was not quite as anxious. Really, I don’t think it was because I wasn’t excited, or I don’t know, maybe it was. But this time around, a different program, a different college, a completely different part of my life. Recently, I have just been so incredibly excited to (hopefully) start the Surgical Technology program in the Fall. I get so excited and pumped just thinking of what clinicals will be like and what procedures I could scrub in on either as a student or merely an observer, either way, I am so excited.

I just pray this is the path God is leading me towards. Although, some days I feel like that is not the way to pray to and/or with God. He knows what He is doing in my life and with my dreams, goals and aspirations.  I need not worry about my life. It is just so nerve-racking to know this may not be the path for me, I just wish there was a way I knew… but unfortunately that is not the way the Lord works.

This blog is not meant to get into my religion and/or prayers, but I just wanted to lay this out there today. I just need someone in the interwebs to pray with me.

(The deadline is May 17th and they said it could take up to 2 weeks following that to let students know if they’ve been given a seat or not).

That is all,

Happy Hump Day!

-MB

Majestic Pines

 

 

On Saturday, a friend and I explored the beauty of Kalamazoo, MI, specifically Lillian Anderson Arboretum. I had absolutely no idea this existed until about 2 weeks ago. It is so incredible.

Everyone probably knows by now that mountains are my favorite, I cannot ever get enough, but those tall pine trees were breathtaking. They lined the trail so perfectly. Accordingly, the name of the trail was Majestic Pines, because HOLY CRAP.

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5.6.17 – Lillian Anderson Arboretum (Not So Majestic Pines trail)

But in all seriousness, this trail was just as beautiful as the Majestic Pines trail. The weather was nearly perfect. 52 degrees and partly sunny.

I cannot get over how much I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. It just makes me feel so alive and so incredibly thankful to be living a healthy life and to have the ability to explore different parts of the world (mainly the U.S. lol). Someday I hope to travel, someday.

But for now, I shall embrace the goodness of Michigan and Ohio, as it has so much to offer.

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5.6.17 – Lillian Anderson Arboretum

This is what happens when you go hiking with an actual photographer (BJDC Photography) photo shoots, all the time! Hah.

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5.6.17 – Lillian Anderson Arboretum

There was no one on the trail for a good hour, so I decided to put my hammock up for a bit. This was taken when I realized it definitely needed to be raised.

5.6.17 – Lillian Anderson Arboretum (Majestic Pines trail)

One more, because.. just look at them! So gorgeous!

Ok, that’s all for today.

If anyone even reads this blog, I hope you have a wonderful week.

-MB