Lesson 5

Work time vs. Family time

Being fired and black listed from hospital work in my home town forced me to become a traveling consultant. I am gone 4 out of 7 days each and every week and live in a hotel 1900 miles from home 4 out of 7 days every week. While it may not seem ideal, it has actually been a blessing and a lesson in itself. Being gone all of the time has helped me to better understand and value the importance of family, letting go, and letting my kids enjoy being kids rather than trying to make them perfect little adults.


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Oakland / BART

Exile

I feel like I’ve been exiled.  Don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled to have a job. Thrilled. 

And normally traveling from Ohio to California will be a Monday through Thursday thing. But right now it seems rather bleak because I am away for 2 weeks on this first go around.  I realize it’s just for training because my hours aren’t actually being charged to a client.

I’m just bored out of my mind.

Right now I’m typing this on my phone on a train destined for Downtown Berkely just because I know they have food there that is within walking distance of the train that is not the hotel food (which I have grown sick of very quickly).

I just feel like I’ve been exiled.  I’m about 3000 miles away from my wife and kids and I miss them something fierce. 

Best Option

Its the best option job wise because its in a field I like that uses my PharmD knowledge and informatics knowledge, but doesn’t require me to have a license to keep the job. 

So if the Ohio Board of Pharmacy decides to ding me at some point and does do something to my RPh in Ohio, at least I still havey PharmD and still have this job.

And there are perks. My cell phone willbe paid for by my company.  My internet is paid for so I can do remote work. They are buying me a new laptop which is something aivr desired for a long while now.  They even let me pick it out which was nice.

I just can’t wait for this week to be over so I can go home and hug my kids.

LESSON 4: Got to find a reason why the money’s all gone

I just got my W2s. Between my various on call jobs and my full time gig, I made just shy of 150k before taxes. Since being terminated, I’m lucky if I can get enough shifts at the one on call job I have to make $400 a week before taxes. You can imagine how much it is a shock to my way of living and life suddenly going from having a ton of income to having none.

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Lesson 2: Admitting Guilt Induces Rainbow Poop

Addiction is a disease and can be treated.  If you admit to being an addict all will eventually forgiven, people will hold your hand, your HR department and the State Board will offer you sympathy and assistance, rainbows will fly out of your posterior, and the State Board will be there riding pink unicorns along with the Charmin Bear to wipe your bum when you are finished excreting the addiction rainbow.  On the other hand, there is no cure for stupid.
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