Despite the weather, today has been a good day. This morning I managed to get my free-to-me HP Envy 4500 scanner working again. It turns out that it helps to use the right keywords when searching for solutions to problems. Previously I had been searching with the keywords “scanner not working.” What I should have been searching for was “scanner lamp not working.” Upon using the correct keywords, of course the solution presented itself. I had to unplug the printer and hold the power button down for 15 seconds. This apparently causes what HP calls a hard reset. Admittedly, I was dubious but it worked and scanning resumed.
On the job front the official word came down with the start date and time of Monday, May 11th at 3:00PM at the local hospital. I actually wanted to work the second shift because I am not really at my best in the mornings and I fancy myself as having a little vampire in me. The first two weeks will simply be training as there is a fair amount to learn about the position. The policies and procedures are detailed as what I will be doing will be cleaning patient rooms after the patient has been discharged. Rooms need to be cleaned properly and thoroughly due to regulatory audits and health and safety. Since I tend to be a little bit OCD about doing my job well, I believe the hospital lucked out in getting me.
The thing is I feel nervous about starting something new. I am nervous about the co-workers and supervisors. I am nervous about having to learn the unwritten rules of the workplace and this is a challenge for most people whom suffer from a similar disability as I do. At least the expectations seem cut and dry and I do much better in cases when things tend to be black and white. The cleaning procedures have a 14 point checklist with all 14 points needing to get reached. It does not get any more cut and dry than that. My recruiter said that it is critical that all of these get done.
I expect this week to be long, hard, and exhausting. The hardest part will be the social aspect of the job. The actual mechanics of cleaning aren’t very difficult, it’s just wading the social waters of the workplace that presents a continuous challenge to me. Either way, I’ll just take it one day at a time and do the best that I can. That’s the most anybody can expect.