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!

Is It Age or My Stroke History?

Last week I went into two places to fill out job applications.  As of this morning, I’ve heard nothing back, even though I was told both locations were hiring.

My husband says to just wait, it’s technically only been a few days.  But, I can’t help but get anxious.  After all, I’m not a teenager, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.  And because of my cane, I can’t help but wonder if they are hesitant to “take a chance” on me?

I guess I’m just anxious.  After all, it took a lot for me to get up the nerve to fill out the applications in the first place.  So, I will wait it out this week and hope someone in the workforce sees my value?