This past week proved to be one of the most trying health wise that I've had in a long while, thanks to a trip to the ER due to my then out of control asthma. And in many ways I wasn't totally surprised since I've been under a tremendous amount of stress at work due to my decision to contest my soon to be former Supv (hear after known as ExSup) formally and in writing. There are MANY details I'd like to share but upon the advice of legal counsel I can't even on an "anonymous" blog, but what I will say is that someone made a bad decision to "muck" with me when it comes to my work.
Unfortunately, I ended up being out ALL last week which was so unusual for me because I normally do a real good job keeping my asthma under control and had never made a trip to the ER because of it in the 15 years since I'd been diagnosed until early Wednesday morning. And to think that earlier Tuesday afternoon, I'd gotten dressed to go to work and turned around when I was half-way there because I just wasn't feeling quite right! Surely, the job I currently have doesn't in ANY way deserve that kind of dedication from me for how I've been treated. But I'm not committed to my job to "please" the people I work for/with per se, I do it because that's part of my overall work ethic.
Moving right along, I applied for over 15 jobs during the time I was out and quickly came to the realization that maybe only 2 are in any way related to what I really want to do right now. Most of them were Lab Management positions, but the ones I'm most interested in are Cancer Research. I'm just praying one of these 2 comes through because of my obvious strong interest in cancer research and quite frankly, the money is right too. Most importantly, I could easily tie it into getting my Health/Medical Informatics (HMI) program paid for.
And that brings me to my next subject, Medical/Health Informatics. You may recall I'd previously mentioned joining the Association of Pathology Informatics (a related field) some time ago and being on their list serve has been one of the most educating experiences I've ever had. To "hear" the conversations of Physicians in academic settings discussing their issues as it relates to electronic health records (EHR's), using EPIC to track data, and CernerPath, a popular computer program used in Pathology labs, has been phenomenal and beyond cool! And it's occurred to me that my experiences in pathology, basic computer programming, data analysis, and in Bioinformatics have positioned me for a very rewarding career as a Physician who's trained in HMI. I envision using HMI to address disparities in cancer incidence and mortality and still desire going this route through an Internal Medicine/Oncology fellowship pathway. Yeah, that PhD is still among my goals too, LOL!!! Equally exciting is that I found some free on line courses in HMI on the internet to try out to make sure this is what I'm really interested in. And I'm pleased to say that I really enjoy it because unlike Bioinformatics, HMI is much more patient oriented which fits in with my decision to pursue a clinical field of medicine. My Bioinformatics background is simply an added bonus!! I also contacted a top notch program about obtaining a certificate in the area (and whose medical school recruited me to apply, NO accident there, LOL), and the feed back I got was excellent! So, for the first time in a VERY long time, I feel deeply that I'm finally on that "track" for what I was looking for while I'm getting my kid ready to fly the nest. Work that is interesting, that has opportunities to address health issues that are important to me as a Black woman, and is in demand is about as good as it gets!
Now, all I need for God to do is to make that cancer gig come through ASAP, then I'll REALLY be in my way! So in the spirit of walking in faith, I'm going to claim that job NOW in His name!!!!!