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Hopeful! July 19, 2013

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The interview went really well today.  They are considering me for either the billing position or the scheduling position.  It was a pretty in depth interview, but I feel I was confident, knowledgeable and pleasant.

Crossing my fingers. I am hopeful!!

The irony?  It’s about two blocks from my old job.  Haha.

Resigned July 19, 2013

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Ok.  UGH!  I feel like a big ole gelatinous bowl of nothingness right now. 

I had a job interview with a local hospital on Wednesday.  I knew it was beyond my scope of knowledge, but I decided to go for it anyway.  Not surprisingly, I failed the test by 4 points.  However, the interview portion was very enlightening.  It was the first honest feedback I have received in my nearly year long search for a job.  They actually told me I probably wouldn’t be able to find a coding job because of three things 1.) I’ve been not working for a year  2.) I have a good “Base” but I have NO depth of knowledge of coding  3.) I have no training in the new coding system being implemented next October.  They said I need to go to a three day ICD 10 “Train the trainer” boot camp, test and pass the extremely difficult exam, then go back to college and get my RHIT degree.

I don’t know if I want to go through all that work to keep my job.  I’m 51.  That would take me at least 4-5 years to complete.  And before I could even take the boot camp, I’d have to go back to college to an anatomy and physiology class.  They said the only reason they are looking for a lower level coder right now is because people are quitting for the same reason I am discouraged.  They don’t want to go through all that to keep their jobs.  They said 50% of their employees have already said they are quitting next year when the new implementation goes into effect. 

I can look at it how they were encouraging me to do – that if I go through the training I will be in demand, as there are so few ICD 10 coders.  Or I can resign myself to the fact I will not be able to get a job in this field without years of training.  Even then, what’s to guarantee I will find a job?!

So this afternoon I have an interview for a job as a scheduler at a sleep lab.  I can do that without even thinking about it. 

I think what upsets me the most is I feel like I have accomplished nothing career wise.  I’ll be a lowly scheduler if I get this job, when I have worked as an X-ray tech, an MA, and a medical coder.   It’s like starting all over at the beginning.  I lost my x-ray credentials because I worked so long for doctors who didn’t have x-ray equipment.  I’d have to go back to school and re-take the test to become certified.  I could do that, free, because my school allows you to go back and audit classes, but eh.  Not sure I want to go that route, either.

I need to stop feeling sorry for myself and just get a job that gives me a paycheck.  Get it over with.  Perhaps I will do the ICD 10 training in the end.  I just don’t know if I have the fortitude/desire/brain power any more.

 

Life … and Stuff. July 16, 2013

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I love writing.  I wish I could make my mind form decent enough thoughts to scribble them here from time to time.  Depression?  Maybe.  Apathy?  Perhaps.  Boredom?  Most definitely.

SO the divorce drama continues with Brock and his hateful, self absorbed soon to be ex.  I may not have even updated (??) since we found out she was pregnant.  She delivered a few weeks early (But there was drama the whole pregnancy.  She’s such a friggin’ drama queen!) and ended up back in the hospital (Twice) after the birth because of blood loss.  She ended up having to have an emergency hysterectomy.  There IS a God!  Anyway the point of all this is we went to divorce court on July 8, and the judge denied the divorce because there was no notorized document saying she waived child support.    Ya know, because she decided her children were not important enough to respond to the divorce papers.  Might I add, stupid green attorney.  He should have known that would be required!!  So now we are waiting to hear when the new divorce date is.  We are sure she will sign the waiver, as she wants to get her hooks into the new baby daddy as soon as possible, and they can’t put his name on the birth certificate until the divorce is final.

Blaine and Nicole are doing well.  Who would really believe that the “Baby” will be two in three weeks.  She’s a delight, and a challenge.  She has a horrible temper. A kicking, screaming, throw herself on the floor and bang her head temper.  Oh my.  Her father was such a docile thing, she must have gotten that from her mother.  Haha.  I love Nicole to death, so I’m not jabbing at her here.  Just sayin’ …  You can holler after her “NO, Em!” and she will glance over her shoulder with her eyes downcast, as if she is acknowledging you, yet letting you know she’s going to ignore you.  Little whippersnapper, she is!  All it takes is suggesting she return to the area we are all in, and step aside, someone is going to get hurt.  Either Emi through her temper, or the person doing the chasing, by picking her up and getting kicked, pinched or head butted.  Sometimes she is easily distracted during a tantrum – i have a seed catalog she loves looking through, or my guide to southwestern birds.  Other times, if you speak to her, or even step towards her, the tantrum escalates, the ear piercing screams get even more ear-piercinger, (It is so a word, I just made it one!) and she actually chokes from the stress of screaming.  Sigh.  So ready for the terrible twos to end.  Since they started early, they will end early, right?  RIGHT??

Brock and the kids still live here, as he is still in school.  Pipe will be starting second grade, and Gav kindergarten in a few weeks. 

Clone (The youngest kid, have I called him that before?) moved back home after a…. dispute …. and is currently looking with his girlfriend for an apartment.  His NEW girlfriend.  I like her.  I think we have the same sense of humor.  She’s still pretty new in the “Girlfriend” status, tho they have known each other for quite some time.  I think it’s too soon for a living together situation, but what do I know? 

The hub is as fantastic as ever.  Ever a rock to me and my constant whining about one thing or another.  We need a vacation.  Alone.  Away from Phoenix.

I’m still looking for a job.  Every damn day I job search, I apply, I nearly cry.  I finally decided this week to take a hospital coding class, since I can’t seem to find a job.  The day I decided to take the class, I get a call from a local hospital.  I have an interview (and two hour coding test) tomorrow.  Send out some good vibes and energy if you are reading this.  My class starts August 5th.  I’ll probably have a new job, just to throw a wrench in the mix.  (Not saying I will get the job tomorrow, but I decided to take the class because I am not doing anything else … so just to make my life more difficult, I will probably have a new job – just to make everything a bit more stressful!)  I have signed up with five, yes, FIVE recruiting companies, and every single one says I have an impressive resume, they will find me work in no time.  Heck three or four weeks ago I signed up with the fifth one, and he sent my resume to two companies that day.  Never heard from them, asked him what was up and never heard back from him.  I got this interview tomorrow by applying myself.  Some help the recruiters were.  In the year I have had recruiters I have been on a grand total of, count them … ONE interview set up by a recruiter. 

I find myself in such a state of perplexity most of the time. I’m unsure of what I want to do, or when, or how.  I am bored, so bored, and have all the free time in the world (Most of the time) but I can’t figure out what I can do by myself.  I do visit with my best friend here, Bill, on occasion, or Jen, my former co-worker, but ugh.  I NEED something to DO.  (Like a job, that would be nice, tho the longer I am unemployed, the less I want to go back, I feel I won’t have the skills because I haven’t been working.) 

Being addicted to instagram has been great fun and rewarding, as I have been getting “Features,” which is always nice for the recognition, however, I feel stuck in my photography, not getting any better.  I never feel my pics are as “Worthy” enough, compared to those I see, and despite daily practice, I feel there is no improvement.