Friday, 15 October 2010

Tempus fugit

At the moment I normally work Tuesday and Wednesday. This week I am working Thursday and Friday, which means that I have just had seven days off. I thought that I would have plenty of time to do all of the jobs that I needed to do, get on top of my blog, catch up with all of your blogs, spend some time in the garden and have some time to myself. How wrong could I have been? The seven days have flown by and yesterday morning I returned to work with tasks on my list 'to do' still waiting to be done. In fact as one job got crossed off another one gets added. Where has the time gone? I could do with a bit more. Maybe just an extra hour or two a day and possibly another day a week.

You have probably noticed that recently I have been struggling to find the time for my blog.  This is  in the main due to one of the big decisions that I made earlier in the year. I had decided that I would stop practising and look for something easier to do but, a couple of months before I had planned to stop, I was asked to cover maternity leave of  two days a week for about a year, I think. After mulling over the offer, I agreed to do it and I now plan to stop practising at the end of the maternity leave. So since the third week in June I have been working a regular two days a week and I am finding it very difficult to get into a routine, as for about twelve years now I have worked as a locum doing a day here and a day there. It was rare for two weeks to be the same.

I used to work mainly for a well known supermarket, which meant that I did a variety of different shifts sometimes long, sometimes short, antisocial hours and unsocial hours, but it seemed to give me more flexibility and time to myself than working the 9-6 that I am currently doing. On the two days that I work I am lucky to have an hour to myself in the evening. After standing for eight hours I am always tired and often stiff, which means that I need to have a soak in the bath to prevent stiffness the following day and I visit my good friend the osteopath, regularly, for her to keep my creaking body in working order. Then there is the thorny subject of varcose veins. I had two removed from my right  leg about ten years ago and have continued to make more for which I have had never ending injections. Soon there won't be any veins left in my that leg!

When I decided to accept the offer of covering the maternity leave I was not sure if I really wanted to stop practising. Sitting at home looking for something else to do, in the winter time, in the middle of a recession, did not seem like a very good idea. Now I know that I am definitely going to stop practising at the end of this maternity leave and I shall do so without a backward glance, as I am now certain that it will be the right thing to do. Covering this maternity leave has made my mind up on this issue.

It is now 35years since I qualified, although in some ways it only seems like yesterday. When I look back at how things have changed I can see where the 35 years have gone. When I qualified labels were hand written and the few drug interactions were carried around in our heads. Now labels are computer generated and it is also the computer that alerts us to an interactions, for there are far too many to any individual to memorise. Most of the drugs used today had not even been discovered 35 years ago. The world and pharmacy have changed immeasurably and in some ways not for the better. I am now looking forward to the day when I hang up my mortar and pestle, but until then I can see that free time is going to be in short supply and I am not going to be able to visit or post as often as I would like, especially as I do not seem to be able to write a short post. I hope that you will bear with me over the coming months. 

18 comments:

Jennyta said...

It's good that you have now been able to come to a definite decision and it sounds as though you won't reret it. Good look over the next few months. We'll still (hopefully) be here when you get back. :)

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I should imagine it is a hard decision to make but it's obviously one you have thought long and hard about. Hope it works out for you.

CJ xx

Rob-bear said...

When the change comes, will there be an opportunity to be come the writer you always thought you were? Maybe a series of novels, with the heroine as a dispensing chemist?

I truly hope the change works, whatever it is!

Akelamalu said...

If it feels right it probably is. :)

LindyLouMac said...

Take Care and just do what feels right for you.

LindyLouMac said...

Take Care and just do what feels right for you.

Thud said...

Any post is a good post.

imbeingheldhostage said...

It's nice to be able to decide without regrets-- and don't try to shorten your posts. Sometimes some people just have more to say :-)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Well...wish we could have more of your time...just because I'm selfish. But I'm soo glad you have made a decision that brings you peace. And we'll be here whenever you are!!! Love, Janine XO

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Glad to hear you have come to a definite decision CW. I knew when it was time to retire and have not regretted my decision for a second. Even though that was nearly 3 years ago my life is busier than ever and I struggle these days to blog. I will definitely "bear with you" and look forward to when you do have the time to tell us what you have been doing. A x

Maggie May said...

Since I was having treatment I have cut back drastically on my work and still feel pushed for time.
You will know just how much or how little to do and I think you are very wise to listen to your heart.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Gill - That British Woman said...

I agree with Thud, any post is better than no post. Also listen to your body, as it will tell you when enough is enough.

Gill in Canada

lakeviewer said...

You got to do what you need to do. Don't fret the small stuff.

CG said...

It is hard to make decisions but you seem to have arrived at the right time for you. I decided to go full time this May (had to decide within 12 hours!) and am still not sure it was the right way to go...!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

So good to see you...thank you for taking time from your extremely busy schedule to visit me, CW!!! You are a wonderful friend!!! Love, Janine XO

Jenny said...

You sound very positive about your decision, I'm sure it must be the right one. I have to admit that having been retired 2 years I don't seem to get round to doing all the things I imagined I would, but I certainly love the feeling my time is my own which greatly reduces the pressure.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Nothing in life stays the same. The trick is to contol the changes before the changes change you. Stay in charge!

Eddie Bluelights said...

It seems as though everyone is busy outside BlogLand, including me . . . but I made it eventually to your blog. I see my big sister, Maggie, is a regular bloggy pal. So, as the Americans say, "Howdie" LOL.

Whilst writing I would be honoured if you appeared on The Sunday Roast, which I am doing now at David's request. I am very honoured to do it.

I would be pleased to send all the details.

My email:
eddiebluelights@gmail.com

My very best wishes
Eddie

PS Sorry to ask you to do yet another job LOL