Thursday, April 26, 2012

What caused me to change my career field.

I talked about this when I first started the blog, but finding out I was pregnant caused some huge changes in my life, including my career.

Before I got pregnant, my husband and I had talked and planned on my staying home if/when we had a baby, but years passed and we weren't sure how to make it work when the time actually came.

As fate would have it, I didn't really end up with a choice. I had two hospitalizations in the few months before I got pregnant, including a car wreck that required surgery and months of physical therapy, so I used up most of my sick and family/medical leave time. Then, I had hyperemesis and fainting spells that caused my doctor to pull me out of work and recommend that I not even drive a car for several weeks.

All of this meant I didn't have enough time off to keep my job and they refused to move me to a position where I would be seated and not walking around a hot kitchen on concrete floors and surrounded by inmates. In order to pull my money out of my retirement savings and 401k, to pay my bills, I had to quit my job. I was upset over how it played out, but it was the best thing that could have happened.

As a result, I've been able to spend the past 2+ years at home with my son full-time. It's been great and I wouldn't trade that time with him for anything, even though he can be a handful. It's also given me a chance to think about what I enjoy and what I want to do with the rest of my life, and now I'm going back to college again, which I probably wouldn't have if I had kept my old job.

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