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On 2 July, upon returning from vacation, I was summoned to the human resource's office and informed that the decision had been made to downsize the anesthesia department. Since I was the last hired I would be the first to be let go. My end date was to be 5 Aug. 2012.
Since those anesthetists still retained would require coverage when they were to take time off, I was offered choices: I could take a part-time position with a guarantee of 18 weeks per year work, a position as a per-diem, or apply for unemployment.
I chose the part-time offer and so even though my last day of permanent employment was 5 August I have continued daily employ, covering other anesthetists time off, 'til yesterday. Today I'm starting my first day of employment and it feels strange. Of course technically I'm still employed, I'm not working. And with the exception of covering an anesthetist for his Dr. appointment Monday, I don't return to the OR 'til the 17th of Sept. That's a good thing because I need to train for a canoe race the weekend after Labor day. Plans to attend an anesthesia conference in Nov. will get me to Dec. when I'm scheduled to cover Christmas week.
My plan at this juncture is to continue this situation 'til the new year at which time I'll return to traveling locum work. (Although many have voiced hope that I'll be rehired, I'm not counting on that.)
Maybe with all this unplanned time off, I'll get back to writing more on this here blog. Of course I've made that resolution repeatedly since the inception of this blog. Plans are good, but never set in cement: expectations is the root of all disappointment. Take it as it comes, or as Kurt Vonnegut would say: "and so it goes."