Back to work – but NOT full time

This week was my first week back at work – or I should actually say, first day back since I only worked one day this week.

At the end of December 2018, I stopped working full time at the medical facility I work for. I am a medical coder and I work from home. Seems like a sweet job, and it is. But both of my children need me for different reasons at home.

My daughter is 13 months old and is developmentally delayed, only by a few months but she can sort of crawl, she has not really said any real words yet other than mamamama and dadadada, she doesn’t associate words with us though. Up until now, I have been working and taking care of her but now she needs more from me, and she’s getting more and more active. So #1 reason to be a SAHM, my baby. My #2 reason is my son, he has ADHD, a mood disorder, sensory processing issues and we are currently testing him for ASD through his school, he is 10 years old. We are going to home school him starting this next semester, or after his testing.

So for the past 3 weeks I have been off work – I did make an agreement to work PRN (or as needed) with my work, they are amazing. But I was also very sick with an upper respiratory infection and bronchitis these past 6-7 weeks, so I delayed starting up for a few weeks. But now I need the hours, so I am working 2 days a week for 4 hours each day. I also offered my time up for any emergency call outs but that’s different.

I am excited that I can still keep my job – stay on the pay roll. And I can be a SAHM still. My bosses said they understood my decision – I let them know 6 weeks before the change. I actually put in my notice to quit because I did not know it was an option to be PRN – but they called me back and offered me to stay on the pay roll. I was beyond happy.

I am lucky enough to be able to do this.

For those of you who struggle with being able to be there for your kids – look into different careers. I know it is hard. I went to school at night for 3 years, while my husband (bf at the time) watched my son every night so I could get a degree, and then get certified. Now it would have taken less time if I could go more hours but I had to work full time as well in medical records for my local hospital in the mean time, so I had a lot on my plate but it was worth it.

BTW, returning was great yesterday- I got a lot of work done and I felt helpful to my coworkers since I am there to help them out now when they are backed up 🙂

Do you work from home? Would you like to work from home? What got you motivated to change your career if you have been through this too?


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