Saturday, July 4, 2009
Happy Birthday America
Thanks for giving me the freedom to enjoy a lack of w$#k, affordable basic healthcare and most likely any kind of Social Security benefit that I have been paying into for the past 28 years. Thanks for spending billions of tax dollars on a personal agenda war and bailouts for the greedy corporate sleeze who suck up the money and as a thank you make their fees for services for basic necessities such as a bank account almost out of my reach.
Feeling a little stressed today. My latest assignment is for an individual with Oldtimers Disease and they can become verbally and physically abusive. My first time in this situation. I've sat only a few hours with friends parents who had this disease before but none had the mean streak.
As far as w#@k goes my past experience is leaning towards folks who end up physically disabled, either through an accident or disease who may have a little forgetfulness but mentally are there.
After my first shift the family member asked me if I was still interested in coming back a few more times in a tone of voice that expected me to say no. I know its not the clients fault and it doesnt anger me at all to be told off by them but making sure they stay safe, dont run away and trying to get them to take their meds is stressful.
The family explained that they dont want the person totally drugged up but they are mood altering kinds of meds. The catch is gently trying to get the person to take the drugs (no one is forced to take drugs) can set them off enraged for hours but when they dont take them the last dosage is wearing off and they can get ugly. Either way you lose. I'm taking it all in stride and staying positive and calm around the client but the family has said when they get agitated there is no reasoning.
My boss has said this could lead to a regular position with them. I think after I get more experience I could relax a little more and know what to expect but this may not be the best fit for me. What a bitch disease for the family to go through. I will say about my boss, I rarely see her in person, which isnt a bad thing but whenever I complete one of these temp jobs she always makes a point to call the family and me and say really nice positive things about my w$#k. She probably does this with everyone but its still good to hear.
On the good news front, I applied at 3 other agencies a few weeks back. The first reply was a rejection and really caused me to have a miserable evening freaking out about money but the next day another agency called and we talked several times over a few hours. Finally I went in for an interview and the folks in charge seemed excited to meet me but then I had to take this dreaded test they called a "Survey".
This was the craziest test ever. All on the computer so you could only mark your answer with no explanation. I had to pick which one I would be most likely to do out of two choices that were both right. Over 100 questions. Which would you be most likely to do, A. wash dirty sheets B. greet the client before beginning caregiving. The whole "survey" was stuff like that, A. show up on time or B. communicate with the family. WTF, I have the feeling if I didnt pick the correct right answer even though everything listed is part of my job I could be baked.
But while I was gone taking the "survey" the 3rd agency called and set up a first interview which I aced. He told me definitely to expect a call after the holiday from the guy who could be my boss for another interview. This may be the job I want the most along with the man I am already set to care for regularly in a few weeks. My interviewer was a thinking person, and I got a little deep on the "where do I want to see myself/goal question in 5 years" but he liked it.
The 4th always reminds me of being in 5th grade during the Bicentennial. We had a parade around the block the school was on and I got to be the Liberty Bell.