I got into my current field of work only because I lost my job of 10 years. I originally worked for a large grocery store chain in California and due to circumstances I got laid off. I hit a deep depression because that was my first and only job since I was 18. So feeling lost and worthless, my depression got the best of me. My best friend worked in the lab at one of our local hospitals and told me to go to phlebotomy school because the training was short and easy and the money was decent. So great! Sweet, let’s do it. I did the schooling and I aced it easy peasy. But who would have known finding a legit job in California would be so hard. I applied everywhere for two years with nothing to show for it. Eventually, I allowed my license to lapse and just worked odd jobs.
Move ahead four years later and I met my now wife. She took me on vacation to Washington and I fell in love. On a whim I say let’s move! I applied for a job on the military base in Washington and the next day while I still lived in California I got an email back for an interview. I did a phone interview and got hired right away. Two months later I moved to Washington and started a job working in the lab at the military hospital. Ever since that day I have loved my job and what I do and am so grateful for what the universe has blessed me with. I love my patients and the friends I have made. I now work for Multicare- one of the major hospitals in Washington. Working in the healthcare field has made me want more. So now as I work full time I am also on my way to getting into nursing school and my end goal is to work with transgender youth. As a person since I was little I have always been the girl who wants and loves to help other’s and I have found my true passion. Working in the lab is not just poking people with a needle. We check medication levels, help cancer patients get their levels checked and so much more. During this pandemic I also assist in handling the Covid 19 swabs. Its a risky job right now, but I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for anything.