Getting Used To Working Again

As I told everyone in an earlier post, after volunteering for almost two years at the White Dove Thrift Shoppe, I have been hired to work part-time as a cashier.

Before my stroke, a 25 hr work week would have been no problem, and it isn’t now, except it does take some getting used to.  cashier

I find that being “on” for those working hours, requires me to need to be “off” for at least an hour after I get home.  That means quiet time to let my brain simmer down.  I also need to rest my right leg.  As cashier, it involves standing, plus I am also walking around the store, helping out as needed.  So my right leg is being “zapped” quite a bit from my Walk-aide and needs to have a rest.

All in all, I am having a blast knowing that I am bringing in a paycheck to help with the bills.  But the best part?  This “job” is a perfect fit for me.  I am working with people who already understand my disabilities.  They understand when I may need to just “take 5”.  They understand and have been vocal to let them know what they can do to make my job easier.  Best of all:  I have a ball working with these people!  The atmosphere is social, happy, upbeat and just plain fun!

Golf Balls? Really??

For a time after my stroke, I felt I needed to explain to people that I had a stroke.  Now almost 2 years later, I try not to tell people if I don’t have to.  While I understand being a stroke survivor is something to be proud of, once again I find that some of the stroke associations, IMO, go a little overboard with the “Stroke Accessories”.

I just received this email from the National Stroke Association.  Isn’t there a more dignified way to get the word out without having to plaster it on everything from mugs, t-shirts & buttons, to the newest offering………………… balls?