Day by Day

Pros and Cons

I started a new job about a month ago. I’m working for a hospital as a web content specialist. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to leave but I figured it couldn’t hurt to apply. After many interviews and a little bit of failed negotiations (lean in, my foot) I accepted the position. The pros outweighed the cons. But for some reason, many of the cons never even occurred to me.

So first the pros, it’s MUCH closer to my house. My daily commute is barely a quarter of what it used to be. It’s in a great neighborhood, so I have tons of places to eat. I get to walk and be outside so much more. I even have a little bit of a water view if I look past the pillar.

The work is interesting and will keep me busy. It should force me to focus and get dressed all 5 days of the work week. All good things, right?

The cons, I have to get dressed every day. So I’m forced to find 5 professional outfits that fit me right now, without buying a ton of new clothes. So clearly the diet is still ongoing.

How do people get things done without work from home days? I know I used to, but it seems much harder now. I miss running to the store for an early lunch or doing dishes over a conference call. My home-life productivity is at an all-time low.

I wasn’t worried about being so close to the hospital or even taking meetings in the hospital because there was no reason why I’d be in the NICU or near delivery rooms so I should have been fine. That stupidity was knocked out of me during my first orientation day. When they went over Hospital’s patient philosophy, it just kept reminding me of all the ways the doctors and nurses spoke to us about Nora. It was almost like seeing how the sausage was made. It was really hard to get through. But onward we go.

Since then, I’ve met with a zillion people and am doing my best to figure out my position and responsibilities. I recently had a tour of the radiology areas of the hospital to explain some of the machines I’d be writing about. It didn’t occur to me that I would know a lot about these machines already. I had so many of them used during the testing process prior to having Nora. The tour literally ended in the MRI waiting room where we were told that I was being admitted and would probably have an c-section the next day (it ended up being that night). It took everything in me not to start crying, I actually thought I was going to have a panic attack.

So perhaps not the best choice. BUT definitely better than staying where I was. I think I’m being more productive as a person and having the extra outside sun, walkability and shorter commute is the best thing for me.  So we’ll see how month two goes.




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