|Waiting at the airport|
On Thursday, the 19th, I’d walked out of the office with no offer presented to me in spite of the doctor and her consultant a week earlier saying one would be made. So I came home disappointed, wrote a letter explaining that I appreciated everything, and hoped to hear from them soon.
|Did you know Marc |
has a twin brother?
Marc and his roommate David came through the airport from a different direction from the one where Rob and I were waiting but we found them easily enough and Marc ran over to me, threw his arms around me and gave me a huge hug. We headed home and I fed the boys something before we all went to our respective beds. Thankfully, I was able to borrow an amazing air mattress from Kanika or someone would have been sleeping on a couch.
|David, Marc, and Shira|
During the week, I heard from the doctor and she asked me to come into the office on Father’s Day to discuss things. Yes, she actually said she knew it was Father’s Day but would I mind? Since Rob didn’t mind, and it was scheduled for early enough in the morning, there was no reason for me not to say yes. Maybe, just maybe, there was a job offer in the offing, right? Well, no, not so much. Instead she and the consultant wanted me to learn the database used in the office to the best of my ability from home. Because I knew the boys wouldn’t be hanging out at the house every day, I knew I would have time to learn everything I could.
|Bibi wearing the floral headband|
I bought for her in NJ
Plus, bonus, quality time with Bibi. Yay!
Thursday, the doctor called, ready to make me a job offer because the new person she had hired to cover the front desk had quit and would not be coming back on Monday. After only two weeks, she was done. The doctor asked me to come in on Friday to discuss a solid offer. The offer made was 58% less than what I had made at my last job and equal to what I was paid when I first graduated from college but I really wanted to learn all that I could about working in a medical office. When the doctor asked me to cover the front desk, I offered an enthusiastic “yes.” First, I would need to get some scrubs. So instead of going straight home and having dinner with my houseguests, we had to stop off at the store and buy me some scrubs—two tops, one pair of pants would carry me through the week. And, after my second paycheck, I could go to a thrift or second-hand store and buy one or two more pieces.
|Matt & Thomas having fun|
with my Razr flip-phone
Interjection: On Friday, I mentioned to the doctor that we would be celebrating my husband’s birthday on Saturday and Sunday we would be saying goodbye to my son.
Saturday, we were expecting people because we were going to celebrate Rob’s birthday with two kinds of cake and lots of pizza and snacks and such. And everyone came, which was great. Joe had to work but was able to get out early enough to join the party. We played a lot of games, including some with Bibi, of course. We ate cake and pizza and just enjoyed one another’s company. Lots of laughter and great company. Rob had a gig that evening so he left before everyone else did and we were up late playing games, including one David had brought with him.
When I went to bed, my left leg was swollen and my knee quite painful so I spent most of the next day in bed, my leg propped up on a pillow.
|One of the cakes we had|
for Rob's birthday
Sunday we said farewell to Marc and David. Holly absolutely adored David as soon as they met. She loved Marc too (who wouldn’t?) but anyone could see she adored David. And saying goodbye to them was not easy but they plan on coming again in September for Dragoncon. I think knowing we’d see one another so soon made saying goodbye to my son a little easier.
|The boys leaving too soon|
Monday was a mess but Tuesday was better. The new person and I were working very well together and I was feeling confident about our being able to whip things into shape. Only, the doctor’s partner came in and started training me in how to do medical transcription. Okay. I really wanted to learn everything about how the office ran and, if I didn’t feel like I’d had enough time to learn the front desk area I didn’t mind learning something new.
|A picture I took of the desk|
where I was doing the transcription
|Someone left a job application|
on a printer at the office
Finally, after months, I would be doing what I had been there to do all along. I showed up Friday and got to work right away. Before I could even finish coding the first encounter the doctor asked to see me.
Now, let me pause a moment because the doctor had, at this point, made me the following offers:
- Come in for free and get some training.
- Study the system for two weeks and come in and we’ll pay you money.
- Come in Monday to work the front desk for $xx.xx/hour.
- Transcribe the encounters for the next few weeks.
Do you see even one offer/promise upon which she had followed through? Well, she kinda followed through on #3 because, although I only worked the front desk area a couple of days, she was still paying me the agreed amount per hour. Sure, I hadn’t signed any paperwork but neither had the other woman who was covering the front desk. I figured we’d both receive our new hire packets before the week’s end and there was no reason to believe that the doctor’s wanting to talk with me was anything else.
|Rob bought me a rose|
because Monday was such a
And that is why, after working in the office for only one week, I did something I had never ever done before in my life—I walked out of a job. When I came home, I emailed the doctor an invoice for my hours and some of the documents I had created for her and the office staff. I further explained to her that the other documents I had created could be found on the one computer I had used to store all documents.
|My leg at its worst|
The rest of the day I tried to stay off my knee. Rob had a gig and I enjoyed a little solitude at the end of two crazy weeks. Not for nothing, I’m ready for the upcoming week to be less hectic. It could happen, right? Please?