I will never, ever complain about going back to school to get my degree. But now student loan payments are upon me, and I still have the same job I did before. Am I grateful to have a job? Yes. Am I blessed to have one which allows me to work from home? YES!! Am I still wanting to do something new? Sigh...yes.
I've applied for many jobs at the hospital. Either I've been turned down before I even get to interview, the position closed, or I decided the hours were not beneficial for my family. I guess I've been spoiled by working from home for so long. While I don't mind going in for department meetings and seeing everyone now and then, I have no desire to drive in 5 days a week and waste $75 on fuel weekly for the pleasure of wearing real clothes in front of actual people. No, I think working from home is pretty much it for me. Plus, we are having this reversal in January; I could be a new mama by the end of 2012! I don't want to put a baby in daycare.
I've been thinking about becoming a medical transcriptionist in addition to coding. Another work at home job for the most part, and hopefully won't take me very long to do. I haven't even researched how much it costs or where I can go to take classes; all I know is, I am extremely burnt out in the position I have now. One of my coworkers called in sick today and I burst into tears, knowing that I was going to fall behind in my own work so I could cover for her. And when I can actually feel my blood pressure rise every time I hear my email "ding" at me, I'm thinking the game is up and I need to move on. However, I can't just walk away; I have three kiddos depending on me, plus I cover medical insurance for the family. I'm trying to be practical.
I have a few good things going for me, as far as transcription goes. One, I'm a very fast typist...between 85-95 correct words per minute. Two, I'm an excellent speller. Three, I know medical terminology already.
What it boils down to is, I'm trying to make good choices for my family, present and future. I like being home. I love not driving to work when it's raining. I love drinking my coffee and going for my run/walk/wobbles in the morning. I love doing laundry in the middle of the day instead of having to wait until the weekend to do it all. Now, I don't mind going in to train at a location, but my ultimate goal is to be at home. I feel this is where I belong!