Tomorrow marks the start of my third week at my new job. I haven't managed to write about it yet not because I don't have any thoughts to share, but because every time I sit down to write I find myself at a loss for words. When I am able to come up with words, they aren't able to capture the experiences I've had. But it's now been over two weeks since I've posted, so I've got to fight my lack of words somehow.
For now, as long as I'm at a loss for words that turn into paragraphs, I'm going to share little bits and pieces from my work life. I will warn you ahead of time that some might be upsetting. I don't plan to share any graphic stories, but I know that the line of work I'm in is one that many don't like to think about. Ultimately, this blog is for sharing bits and pieces of my life and this work is a significant part of my life. Read if you like, skip it if you prefer.
Things I Learned in My First 2 Weeks on the Job:
- I'm out of practice introducing myself and my role as a social worker in a hospital setting.
- I am surprisingly unphased by the insanely high number and types of beeps that surround me on a daily basis.
- I have to wear a belt at all times so that the combination of pager+hip phone won't pull my pants down.
- I am surrounded by incredibly talented and compassionate people
- A baby born 3 months early is unbelievably tiny and fragile.
- The most beautiful eyes on the unit belong to the baby who supposedly can't see.
- Walking to work is a really nice way to start the morning.
- Walking home from work is a good way to transition from work back to home.