Update: Why I've been AWOL from the boards here

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   Posted 10/15/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Since it's been a couple of weeks since I was really active I figured it might be time to check in and let everyone know that I've been gone for good reasons rather than bad.

Jeannie143 or Sherrine (or whoever it was that mentioned it originally....) I have to say...thank you thank you thank you. Your information on the Malic Acid and Magnesium has been truly helpful. I've never had much faith in vitamins and such because I've never had any real good results. My best was a neutral at most.

Originally I had looked up the ones on Puritan like you mentioned in your information, but I just couldn't bring myself to part with $40 worth of stuff from their site if it wasn't going to pan out. So I just bought a bottle of each locally. I started out slowly with one of each per day, stayed with it for 3-4 days till my body seemed to adapt, and have been slowly increasing till I'm up to a standard dose.

Now for the good news part.... I love my nights, always have preferred a swing shift. But, I've taken a day shift which has had a lot of positive aspects. First, it made me a "full-time" employee instead of technically being a part-timer who worked 40+ hours a week. So my insurance premiums have gone way down, and my pharmacy benefits have gone way up. My one prescription that used to cost me $75 a month now will only cost me $50. I also now have vacation days, sick days, and PTO. No more having to worry about making all the bills if I'm out for a day.

Second, it gave me a consistent schedule. I now always have the same two days a week off. Albeit, it's a Friday and a Saturday - but at least no more varying shifts and days.Being low man on the totem pole means that I have to wait for the other one who does my same job to decide that she wants to leave.

Third, We are a very small department. There's a whole whopping 3 of us. We do have counterpart people in the LA office who do the same function, but we are the primary location. It's nice to not have to manage a huge team of people.

Fourth, it was a pay bump. This change in position gave me a $2 an hour increase. It also gives me a much larger scope of things when it comes to my daily tasks. I'm not nearly as likely to get bored with it. We pretty much do a little bit of everything that each of the other departments do. We are troubleshooters to find out why information isn't getting to the database that should be. Whether it's a client error, employee error, or just simply that there wasn't enough data contained for anyone else to be able to search for it.

And the fifth and final...even though I love my nights, I'm physically feeling better since I'm not able to sleep in solid stretches instead of having to get up in the middle of my sleep time to go to a doctor's appointment, grocery shopping, etc. It's been hell getting up at 4am in time to get ready for work, but getting more solid sleep on a regular basis has been amazing.

So thank you all, once again people here have been helpful even if they weren't talking to me directly. Just simply being able to read some of the conversations and glean what info I can from them has been truly beneficial.

Here's wishing all of you a low pain day and some clear headed time to be able to enjoy the lessened pain.

Post Edited (Piercings) : 10/17/2008 3:46:55 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/15/2008 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Piercings, that sounds like good news. The extra sleep, less cost in prescriptions and more benefits and more pay are a good thing to have - I hope you have an easy time getting acclimated to your new schedule.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
That sounds great for you. Wish you luck in your new position
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