Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Good Outlook

I vented yesterday about recent doctor appointments. Now I am back to my positive self today.

Its another beautiful day in the desert. I plan on biking with my husband and daughter by the lake and cranking through my work queue at incredible speeds. Time to drink a nice cup of Collectivo coffee and move at incredible speeds!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Alright, I am writing this post to vent. As background I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hypothyroidism after having my daughter in late 2011. I should have seen the diagnosis coming as my joints have been fairly messed up since college. Since my formal diagnosis in 2011 it has been routine for me to see my doctors every two months for blood work and monitoring (to make sure things are working and that my drugs aren't wreaking havoc on my internal organs).

My biggest complaint lately is the way I feel when I leave the doctor's office (mentally and physically). My doctor in IL was great. He was responsive when I had a flare up and very compassionate about how I felt. My doctor in AZ spends less than 20 minutes with me at each appointment (this is after the doctor comes in late by about 30 to 60 minutes), makes me feel like I am an inconvenience, and then also proceeds to tell me that my symptoms are either non-existent or don't make sense. Even worse, when I review the doctor's summary of the visits (which are posted on an online portal), she mis-characterizes what I describe to her during the visit. This is very frustrating. I have no reason to lie about having a flare up. I am not looking for any extra meds, just advice on what I should be doing and whether the flare ups indicate that maybe I need to try something else. Even worse, I read enough about the disease to know that the latest science indicates that people can have flare-ups without it showing up in the blood work right away (i.e., smoldering inflammation which can only be detected by ultrasound).

Look, I know that I have a life long disease. I also know that pain will come and go for the rest of my life. I am not asking the doctor to cure me of all of my ailments. But I am asking for compassion, real or faked--I will take it. It would be nice if she pretended to care. She should put herself in my shoes and see if she'd have the same response. Its called customer service..I do this with my clients. When I get slammed at work and annoyed with client questions that I perceive as obvious or dumb I try to step back and think about the client's perspective for a minute. What is routine to me is not necessarily routine to them. I am acting as their trusted adviser on a certain topic. Without these clients, I do not have a job. I try to keep it all in perspective and treat the clients with the respect that they deserve. It would be nice if doctors did the same.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Busy Busy Busy

I know, its been awhile since I last wrote! But of course, I am still busy with work and life in general. I billed over 2,000 hours last year, which is crazy to think, since I started the year off with a newborn girl. This is needless to say, but with current administration continually passing laws regarding corporate governance, I am super swamped at work. The bad part about my job is that it has been impossible to get help from any of the other associates in my office with spare time. The lesson I have learned is that I will take a hard worker and someone with initiative over someone with near perfect test scores or a perfect grad school GPA anytime. Its easier to teach someone who is willing to put in extra time than it is to teach someone who knows it all. Oh well! Back to cranking through my endless pile of client projects!

Monday, November 12, 2012


Pre-Kyra, I routinely worked a few hours during the weekends. But now that she is around, I try to play with her all weekend long. The issue is that I am not able to complete all of my work projects during normal working hours and/or over the weekends anymore. I try to leave by 5pm or 6pm everyday, so that I can hang out with her and play and read books before her bedtime. This new routine led me to get up at freaking 1am this morning and get to work. I had planned on getting up at 4am and heading into work a little earlier than usual, but all I could think about all night long was my project that was due this morning. The more I thought about it, the more anxious I got. So, I got up uber early and cranked it out. Thank God I got in here when I did, because there is no way I would have met my deadline if I had come in later like I had planned on doing. I like what I do, but cannot believe how many hours I have put in over the past year.

Which leads me to my little sister. She is contemplating becoming a lawyer. I do not want to dash her hopes or dreams, so I told her to make sure she goes somewhere freaking cheap/affordable, so she does not feel like she needs to work 12-15 hours a day minimum to pay back her student loans fast ha-ha. Nice advice eh? However, I am pretty sure I would have worked this much even if I didn't have crazy student loan balances. Its just my personality type. That being said, I cannot help but wonder if my health issues this year are the result of all of the freaking hours I have put in..

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


I supposedly was allowed to listen in on corporate governance and disclosure conference on Monday and Tuesday. I technically did listen to the conference, but I also had to complete numerous client projects and take phone calls at the same time. In a world of billable hours the luxury of actually learning and attending a conference are non-existent. It seems like companies continue to lay off more people, all the while expecting those left behind to do the work of those who were just fired. Basically, I have transitioned from doing the work of two people to doing the work of four people. I just hope that this trend does not continue forever.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Back to Normal

I will lay off the gloom and doom type posts for a few days. :) All is well here. I am excited that it is Friday. No big plans for the weekend, other than sleeping in a little bit. I have an endless pile of work, but working through the weekend will not make it go away. As such, I am relaxing all weekend.

Also, I am so happy that the real refs are back in the NFL. Hopefully the Packers can turn their season around now that interceptions will not be counted as touchdowns!