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.
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!
Last week I applied for a couple part-time jobs, and as of today, I haven’t heard anything. It’s so frustrating, especially since, for me, they would be a piece of cake.
But, I have a feeling I may not have done so well on the computerized tests. These tests were timed, I found out later. And there is no doubt I probably took too long. Why? Because I remember at one point having my attention sidetracked by a painting in the testing room. It was wonderful. The type that has an entire town and a million things going on. This is one of those “post stroke” things that never “got me” before. I find I will “zone out” on things at random. And, I have a feeling that I took way too long to complete their darned test.
The other job? Who knows. Maybe because it’s an industry that mostly hires teenagers? Don’t know.
But I do know that my frustration level is high. My perimeter’s are very specific: 1) Close enough to ride my scooter to, 2) Not too late in the evening, and 3) They have to be open to the fact that I may not be able to get into work during certain bad “monsoon” weather days.