So a little bit about me and my job.
I am currently a Diagnostic Radiographer at a veterinary hospital on the Wirral.
I have been qualified as a radiographer since 2001 and have worked in NHS hospitals in Birmingham and also in private healthcare static sites and mobile vans around the North of England. I enjoy my job but deep down I always feel like there is something else that I should be doing. I am still trying to figure out what it is that I really want to do and with recent changes in my relationship I have now started to think about a going along the lines of sport as it is one of my passions.
Even though I feel this way about my chosen career I still feel very privileged to do this role as I get to meet some amazing and very interesting people. I can help that person and put them at ease while they are undergoing the diagnostic tests for there aliments. I think in the future, whatever happens work wise, I will always like to continue with my radiography role as 1. I have worked hard at my career and to get the experience that I have and 2. Its really well paid and I have bills to pay ha ha.
Radiography when I was in Birmingham was fast paced and felt chaotic at times. It was a major trauma and military hosptial so some of the cases we saw really will stay with me for the rest of my life. One thing I regret is not seeking help to deal with these patients, especially the military patients. There was never any debrief or chance to talk about the cases with the other multidisispliary teams involved, luckily though we had a very tight group of staff that supported one another, we had too! It was while I was here where I first noticed the signs of depression although I didn’t acknowledge the fact I was suffering with it nor did I seek help.
The friends that I made in Birmingham and lived with are my closest friends and always will be. Even though I do not live in birmingham anymore we are all still so close, it feels like I have never been away anytime we meet up.
From Birmingham I went to work in private healthcare on mobile scanning vans around the Midlands and the North of England. I loved this job, I loved the people I worked with, the sites we visited, I even enjoyed the travelling. I would still be in that job today I think if it wasn’t for the company selling the mobile fleet to another company. I felt that this was my time maybe to try something new so I went to work in Manchester doing cardiac CT and MRI scanning. Once again I absolutely loved this job, it was extremely interesting, such a huge learning curve and the team there were incredible. We worked so hard though and it was a tough environment but that brought us all closer and in the days where we were a little more quieter I always tried to ease the atmosphere and try and bring the team even closer together and I think it worked, god we had a right laugh and it was really needed sometimes to boost moral. My anxiety levels were through the roof there though, not helped by the 12-14 hour days and then 2+ hours of travelling per day on top of that and the work life balance just didn’t work out. I was becoming increasingly grumpy and moody and I didn’t like the person I was turning into at home so I made the tough decision to leave.
My next stop was to a lovely MRI unit in a private hospital in Cheshire. Once again I loved the site, the people, the work and more importantly the short commute! In hindsight I wish I never left there really, one of those, ‘you don’t know what you have got until it’s gone’ jobs. I do believe though that things happen for a reason and what’s meant to be will be and my next job move felt as though it was meant to be.
I have always had a love for animals so when a job came up at the local animal hospital for a veterinary radiographer I jumped at the chance. Very luckily I got the job, my dream job. I love the ethics of the hospital, the passion and dedication of the staff to their patients. It’s truly incredible what is available to the patients at the hospital, the access they have to so many multidisciplinary teams and how they all work quickly and efficiently to the same goal and patients best interests.
Although this is my dream job I still unfortunately have the same niggle at the back of my mind that there is something else out there that I should be doing and I am currently hoping that sport could be the answer. It makes me light up, I could talk sport all day long. I love spending time with people in the Triathlon community, they inspire me and push me to be the best version of myself and I love that.
I am extremely lucky that my boyfriend is a exercise, health and lifestyle coach who also does sport massages. This means he has already been there and done that in terms of sport education etc so he can advise me of what are the areas I should be focusing my own education on and courses that would be of asset to me or not. I have been steered in the right direction by him and I am greatly appreciative of that. So far I have completed a sports exercise coach certification and I am currently studying a health and lifestyle coaching course. I want to explore and learn more about post natal fitness, exercise and wellbeing so I have found a course to do next which will cover these aspects which I am super excited about. I would love to run a new mums group including buggy runs, group exercise and social groups so hopefully watch this space!
The next big goal for us would be to have our own studio. We love the idea of a gym and studio space with consultation rooms which we can use for all sorts of exercise and sports for instance dancing, yoga, tai chi, strength and conditioning classes, turbo sessions etc. We want to create an environment which people can relax in and which promotes a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. We are probably aiming too high at the moment but I feel I would really thrive with it, I guess I have some big decisions to make!