9/08/2010

Making a Difference

 When I was pregnant with MS, I decided to change positions and go from working in a public school to working for a rehab company that contracted with Nursing Homes.  It was exciting at first: working with a completely different population and actually communicating with adults during the day.  I started out working a few hours after school so I could get in some hours and training at my new position.  I worked in a nursing home where the patients had some rehab potential:  mostly stroke patients.  I learned about dysphagia and modified barium swallow studies on the job.  I had the help of a radiologist who was patient with me and taught me how  to tell the radiologist what I wanted to look at and what I needed in order to get the information I needed to treat the patient.  Things were good...for a while.  Then, the company lost the contract to the 3 nursing homes in the small town in Ga.  So, I "went on the road".  I had to travel to the next 2 small towns and take over there.  I had the manager breathing down my neck, wanting to know why I didn't have very many hours.  Working for a company, it was all about money and numbers.  And, being as ethical and the rule-follower that I am, there was no way I was going to bill a patient for something he/she didn't needI learned about reading lab results to determine if the patient was getting enough nutrients, and if they weren't, if it was because of swallowing difficulties.  I had the heartbreaking job of talking to the head nurse about families who refused feeding tubes, opting to have their loved  one virtually starve to death.
Then, I was offered a position in the company as Assistant Manager.  I was so very honored and humbled to be offered that position.  At first, my area covered NW Ga.  PERFECT!  Except, after about a month in that position, my manager resigned (due to the high stress...her hair started falling out) and the assistant manager of NE Ga. was now the Manager. They didn't replace her, so I assumed the responsibility of assistant manager over N. Ga.  I didn't want it; I didn't want to have to drive from outside of Chattanooga to Atlanta.  I had 2 small children, the new manager wasn't married and didn't have any children.  She didn't "get it" when I told her I wasn't going to get stuck in Atlanta traffic and get home to my kids late.  I wasn't there for my boys when their babysitter's house caught on fire...with the kids there.  My marriage suffered; the boys suffered.  And on top of all of that, I didn't think I was making a difference.
So, when I was 8 months pregnant with YS, I went back to work in the public schools.  I had worked with the special ed. director when he was a diagnostician.  He told me the best he could do was a part-time position.  I wasn't sure how we were going to manage with me just working part-time, but I figured I could always pick up some work through home health to make up for the difference.  Then, a couple of weeks after that, he called me and told me that it had turned into a full-time position.  He thought enough of me to hire me when he knew I would be going on a month's maternity leave after working for not even a month.
I've been back "home" in the public schools for 16 years.  And, this is exactly where I belong.  This is where I can make a difference.
So,why am I telling y'all all this?  This video that a friend posted on Facebook got me to thinking about that time in my life where I didn't think I was making a difference.  I learned alot those 2 years.  I learned that 1) money isn't everything, 2) the public schools is exactly where I belong, and 3) document, document, document!


16 comments:

  1. I have read this before...never heard someone actually say it. It was very powerful...and yes....I too work to make a difference. I was a business major and managed a small company...God called me to teach...and I answered.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow. What a powerful poem/video. Love it!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This was a wonderful post today!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love this video, so powerful!
    So glad you are making a difference and you enjoy it too!

    ReplyDelete
  5. You are so fortunate to have found your niche in life and to have support when you needed it. Being happy in one's job can make all the difference.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank you for sharing this video and your personal experience. I will be passing this one along. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thank you for sharing this video and your personal experience. I will be passing this one along. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm very happy for you. I admire the peace you have found in your life.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Love this!!! When I taught, I had a principle that would not support the teacher. My job was so much harder because of her.

    ReplyDelete
  10. That gave me chills. That is what it should be all about! Love it.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow, that gave me the chills also. I pray someday my boys will be blessed by such a teacher.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Having worked in education for over 15 years as a paraprofessional, I can relate to and appreciate what educators do for a living. It's the toughest job that a "God called" teacher will ever love. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a child "get it", after struggling to understand.
    This was a great post!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you for sharing this! Great post, Mary!

    Blessings,
    Candace

    ReplyDelete
  14. You made my day, Mary! Every once in a while I get some reminder that in all my years in teaching--I did make a difference! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wonderful post! I loved learning more about your career path! You are so right in that money isn't everything! Making a difference...being used by God...is the only thing that matters!

    ReplyDelete
  16. This was awesome! I have goose bumps! I am not a 'teacher' although I did homeschool my kids for 8 years. Now I feel my calling iin life is to help others see the potential that I see in them and help them develop it, so this really moved me! I am sharing on FB!
    Bernice
    http://bernicewood.wordpress.com/my-gift-to-you/

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...