Yesterday (11-17-11) was in the top 5 of the worst days of my 7 years as a dialysis tech.
As some of you know, I have stated that I am very lacks about my testing myself at work. My job is very demanding and I always put my patients needs before my own. But yesterday was the end of that.
It was not my patients that did anything it was my boss! We have new machines and it has been a little crazier than normal. The scheduling needs to be tweeked among other things. It was already tight, making it very hard for me to stop and make sure i tested myself on time. But yesterday was the breaking point.
I had my breakfast at 630 am ( i had been at work since 2am). When it was time for me to test, I had a patient get sick, and then our turn over started( pt's leaving, new ones coming in). I ran from about 815 am until 3pm, and that is when i had the meltdown.
After I was able to calm down and get everything back under control, my boss decided to come out onto the treatment floor and tell me that I needed to not be so obvious that things were falling apart(not her exact words, but just the gist of it).
That was very upsetting to me, i am usually very calm and easy going at work. She went to her office, i got myself under control and went to confront her. She basically told me that sometimes we might not be able to take a break and that i should just bring a candybar to work to eat "on the fly"! She knows I am diabetic and have been changing my eating habits and working to better myself. We had conversations about it! And this is the women who not that long ago was harping on us to make sure we got breaks so we could "decompress"!
Needless to say it was very upsetting. I was so hurt by this that I just wanted to walk out! I was so shocked that I could not even begin to think of what to say. But I tell you what, we will be having another conversation on this. Isn't it a law that you are supposed to get breaks every few hours or so? And what about the fact that I have D that needs to be taken care of. Does that fall under discrimination? If anyone knows, please shout out to me. I would really appreciate it.
Thanks everyone for letting me vent. I still want to cry right now just typing this.
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