Getting Back in the Saddle

I keep getting notifications on Facebook that people have looked at my blog, but I’m not sure why. I haven’t written anything in about FIVE YEARS. The last post was on being nervous about going to Europe to visit my dad and stepmother. L and I did that, and I believe we had a great time, although I think L is more on the side of “Been there. Done that. Bought the t-shirt.” (But he did take 600-plus photos at Keukenhof in The Netherlands, so there’s that.)

Tiptoe through the tulips

Many changes can happen in five years. Toward the end of 2016, I decided to go back to school. I had worked in the publishing industry for more than 20 years, and wanted to change fields. I’ve always been fascinated with the medical field, but from afar. Sticking a needle into someone’s arm is a BIG no-no for me. I found the Medical Administrative Assistant program at PIMA Medical Institute, and found it to be a perfect fit. In August 2017, I graduated with honors.

Feelin’ goofy at graduation with Mindy and Katherine

My first job was at Colorado ENT & Allergy. The job title was “Surgery Scheduler,” but it was mainly obtaining authorizations for surgeries. I loved my job, but hated all the hurdles that were in the way of getting patients approved.

So you’re telling me that the reason you’re denying this surgery is because the patient has had ONLY two positive strep tests, not three, and that the video of their cartwheel was too GRAINY? You people are MONSTERS!

I was there for a little more than two years when I decided it was time to move on, but I am so grateful for my time there and for the people I met and are still friends with. I even met one of my best friends there, who will always be my work twin.

Come play with us Danny, forever and ever and ever…

I now work as a scheduler with Surgery Center at Kissing Camels. I started just before the Time of COVID (T.C.), and I was truly scared that I was going to lose my job. That wasn’t the case, however, and it’s been a wonderful experience so far.

But, deep down, I still deal with anxiety and depression on a daily basis. And, deep down, I’ve been wanting to get back in the writing saddle again, so here I am. I hope this will be cathartic for me, and entertaining for you.

I’m still knitting here and there, but I’ve branched out into other crafting avenues which I can’t wait to share.

It’s been too long. I hope I can keep hold of those reins.

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