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I have a job where….

I get to drive around the city and country with people.

I get to share in people’s interests.

I get to take my model train set in to one house so it’s actually used and it will make one of the guys really happy.

I get to “create” dinners from what I can find in the fridge when the shopping hasn’t been done. Last night I made a FREAKIN’ AWESOME fritata that everyone loved.

I get to use my speechie skills around communicating with people who are a little difficult to understand, along with using my knowledge around mealtime support.

(That didn’t get me out of the Nutrition and Swallowing training though!)

There are trickier things, like showering people, making sure I get meds right, working with behaviours of concern, doing shiftwork, and trying to do sleepovers and maybe sleep.

But it’s totally rewarding. I love where I am right now.

Blow up the pokies...

Work It!

Healthy Harold Wash your hands

I started work on Monday :) Yay! One of my sites in in the Life Education hub site for Newcastle, and Happy Healthy Harold is everywhere! He’s in the bathrooms, in the kitchen, and greets me as I walk into the centre!

Healthy Harold

There’s also very 90s health tips and inspirational quotes from people who competed in the Olympics in the 80s. I’m motivated!

What are drugs? Health Harold Life Education

I’ve also managed to pick up this blast from the (much more recent) past (only 2002! about the era I was learning about swallowing difficulties at uni) and shared it with the author :)

aspiration and swallowing difficulties

I’m getting picked up for casual shifts, and have my first Sunday shift (woo! penalty rates!) this weekend :) It’s possible I won’t get paid before Xmas, but still, I’ma working and earning my own money!

How was your week?

Canberra! (A fleeting visit)

floriade canberra

I went down to Canberra the other week for a reunion with my former workmates. With the NDIS coming in, some of the public services are winding up down there while NGOs are private practices pick up the client and contracts. It was a great chance to catch up, reminisce and to just BE in Canberra!

bus cat gothic ears

Of course, I caught a Murray’s bus from Central – There’s USB charging in all the seats! A quiet ride there and back with no-one next to me. Lovely.

floriade gnome

therapy act reunion

speechies!

After a fun night, and quite a nice sleep at the YHA, it was off for brekkie with the internet old guard of Karen, Stu, Helen and Sean.

shortys

Good Company, but a disappointing breakfast at Shorty’s (where Milk and Honey used to be in Garema Place)

corn fritters

pulled pork burgers

After that, off to the bus home, then train.

train hello kitty shoes

zzzz

floriade farris wheel

I am SO looking forward to being back there in a week for Eat Drink Blog!!!

Will I see you there?

Don’t make me adult

#prettyfknembroidery
Pretty Fkn Embroidery. You want it.

So.

I’m doing volunteer work that channels my skills as a speechie. And today I went to a meeting about learning support for my nephew. Werid dynamics there. Sure, I’ll do CELFs on the kids at school, just get me the $1k assessment to do it with.

;)

IT’s fun, and scary. Doing the things I’m good at, but praying to a nonexistent god that I’m gonna get it right.

Progress? Maybe?

First appointment with the disability employment peeps

The appointment this morning was stressful, but because of the whole having to meet a new person and trying to understand what was going to happen next.

I’m with a Disability Employment Services provider which means they can help me in more tangible ways than the regular Job Services Australia people could – especially since I was a “level 1” who was supposedly quite capable of doing it all myself.

So, I have a new contact there, we spent an hour going through my history and what made me flake out at my old jobs, and thinking about what sort of work I want to get into, both short term (this year) and longer term. I have to mull over whether SP is what I want to get back into or not, and related fields that might suit me better now and in the future. I totally know that I still want to work in some sort of disability related field, but what and with who is not certain. I said flat out no to hospitality, though :p If i was stress, I wanna get paid well for it!!

I no longer have to make 10 contacts a fortnight about potential jobs, nor do I have to take that list into Centrelink at their whim. I still have to go to Centrelink now and then to prove that I’m alive or something, and tick the boxes online. They put me as capable of 15 hours work a week for now.

Oh and I also get pharmaceutical allowance and a pension card with my Newstart. Rich, baby!

No front desk just a video phone to call them to let them know your here
No front desk just a video phone to call them to let them know your here. There were three seats, so it is also the waiting room area…

Yeah, the entrance to the office was weird, impersonal, and totally crap for people with phone phobias! Fortunately that wasn’t me, but it did add to my already heightened level of anxiety and confusion when I wasn’t able to immediately be reassured that I was in the right place at the right time and I wasn’t just imagining things.

So, I think I’ve FINALLY calmed down from it, let’s see how this all goes – I go back on the 30th.