So, I feel the need to write something and as I don’t keep a journal or put my life anywhere else, l’m doing it here. Also, I kinda feel bad about not being so engaged in the forums these last few months and feel you guys need an explanation for that.
It’s been a very long 3 months for me. At the beginning of May I got what I thought would be my first stable job. Nice and easy, working in a cinema for 3 months with an 8 hour contract, maybe more hours if they needed extra staff, probably keeping me on afterwards. Well, with the first week we reopened from Covid, 2 weeks into being hired, I was already doing 16hours a week, and being given a lot of responsibility with very little training. Well, you can imagine the stress; in an environment like that, people are literally relying on you doing your job to prevent them from getting a potential fatal virus. I was struggling something rotten, and everyone was putting it down to me being out of practice from a year of isolation.
So the end of May rolls around, 2 weeks into full on job mode with 20+ hours a week. The stress about the job is starting to settle, only to be replaced by the fact that I should totally not be in serious pain from a shift. Everyone around me seemed sympathetic, but they all just kept telling me I’d “get used to it”. Well, I know me, and I wasn’t going to get used to that and finally got to speak to a GP. Turns out I have something called Platar Facitiis, which is in it’s simplest form tenis elbow in my feet. I’m given anti-inflammitory gel to help (which apparently has no effect on me to top all this off), and explain to my work that I need help. Yeah… that help is still not a thing at the end of July. I asked them if I could have a chair to sit in when the pain gets too much; nope. They even changed the description of one of the roles to specifically not allow for a chair! Instead, when I lean on the counters to take the weight off and do the exercises I’ve been told to do, I get told to “stand up strait” “don’t lean” “that’s not professional” “what would guests think if they saw you leaning?”. Yes, those are actual things my managers have said to me. Oh yeah, and to top it all, one of the people they hired months after me hurt her knee and they gave her a chair!
So yeah, that’s my last three months. I haven’t really had any energy for anything creative with all that. Lots of inconsistent shifts, managing pain in my free time to ensure that I don’t begin a shift in pain so I have the best chance of making it to the end of a shift… I’ve been trying to find that creative spark again, and I’m hoping that when my contract ends on the 1st I’ll slowly be able to build that energy back up again. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to puzzle again! (No I won’t, lol, you guys have been far too quick on the unscrambling lately).
Sorry for the long post, but jeez, it feels like it’s been a year since April and it’s only July still.