Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Working For A Living

It's funny because I have wanted to share with you all how Thomas is doing at his job but I can't get much info out of him! He holds his experiences close to his vest or..or he's, more often than not, trying to catch up on texts and tweets that rolled in while he was at work once he's in the car with me after work. I am competing with friends and news agencies and YouTube video creators' tweets for his attention. I told him last night as I took him to work that he had better be prepared to talk after work because I wanted to know all about his day. I'll share that in a minute.

When I take him to work now his anxiety is next to nothing which is really great because I didn't know how long that was going to stick around. I knew any prolonged anxiety was going to set off symptoms and I was very worried about that. Now when he goes to work, we sit in relative silence listening to his favorite station on XM. A few months ago he found a station that plays 40's music and every ride in the car now has been a trip back in time. He says the music relaxes him so while I'm not particularly a fan of the era of music, what I am a fan of is him finding some peace of mind.

When I picked him up last night I actually got him to talk. Unlike when I worked at McDonald's when I was young and punched in at an actual time clock, he just logs into a computer and enters his employee number and he's officially clocked in. This little detail is cool to me since I have been out of the working world for a while. He works now pretty regularly at a set shift of 6-10p.m. I like this personally because I want him to keep the structure in his life that insures his sanity to some degree.

Last night all he did was face shelves which entails making sure product is facing forward and straight on the shelves. He also picks up things that aren't in the right place, throws them in a cart and then later tries to find their rightful locations and he puts them back. I have to laugh in a way because I am one of those guilty customers who tends to put things back in other areas of the store if I decide I don't want them. Out of respect for the people who clean up after me, like Thomas, I plan to stop that practice A.S.A.P.

The work for him is repetitive which is not his favorite thing to do so I don't know how long he'll last doing that. He has gotten the opportunity to unload trucks and open boxes and put things out in the store which he really liked doing. It is my hope that they'll have him do that more often just to switch things up a little bit.

Overall he says he likes his job. He's very flat, emotion-wise, when he talks about work. A lot of things he doesn't remember doing and as I said earlier trying to get him to talk while texts and tweets roll in hampers my mom-like need for information.

His greatest disappointment is that he works on Halloween. Last week when he didn't know his schedule he bought a costume and then discovered he works till 10. I'm a little sad about that because I wanted him to get out with friends that night. While I don't want him to stress out, I do want him to try to be out in the dark to gain strength in the belief that he is safe out there. I told him to see if he can get his friends to come pick him up from work tomorrow and go out for the night but he got a little anxious and evasive about the prospect of that. So, it remains to be seen what will happen tomorrow night. I have a sneaking suspicion that he'll come home and go to bed like he's been doing every other night after work.

Lastly, Friday is his birthday!!!!!!! He will be 19. I can't believe that he will be 19. I still remember holding him in my arms shortly after he joined me in this world. I am a lucky mom to have him with me to go through life with.

So, there you go. Overall things are good for him. He gets paid Friday so any unhappiness he might feel about having to face shelves will probably melt away when he gets that check. He was making just over $3.00 an hour at his rehab/job skills job and now he makes $7.25 and hour so he'll see a pretty decent paycheck as a result. I'll let you know how that goes for him. I think he already has the money spent.

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