Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Well, I never thought that it was possible to be upset at Disney, but that day came today.
Let me start with catching up since I got injured on Thursday... I ended up needing to go back to the health center on Friday to get checked out again. I had X-rays done and was proven correct in the fact that my finger is not broken. Something was definitely wrong though, because I couldn't move my finger, my knuckle was in pain, and I kept getting this numbness and tingling all throughout my arm up to my elbow.
The doctor put me on work restriction because I wouldn't be able to use my left hand. He wanted me to keep my finger wrapped for two weeks. To my understanding, this meant that I just couldn't handle plates and stuff at work, but I would still be able to seat Guests or check them in for their reservations.
I was wrong.
When I showed up for work this morning and tried to clock in, the computer said that I didn't have a shift that day. When I went to find a manager to see what was going on, I was told that they had received an email saying that I was placed on modified duty. This meant that I was not allowed to work in the restaurant and would instead be working in other locations that could accommodate my injury.
I felt really awful because I started freaking out to my manager, and he had absolutely nothing to do with this so it wasn't his fault. But I was caught off-guard. No one had prepared me for the fact that I wasn't allowed to be at my regular location. Then being told that I would need to work at other locations caused my anxiety to start up because I hate going to new places, especially when I don't know where I'm going, and knowing that I would need to talk to people I didn't know in order to figure out what my new jobs were... I was seriously flipping out.
In the end, I figured out where I was supposed to go in order to get information about this modified duty stuff. I'm not allowed in my regular location for two weeks, and then I'll have a follow-up with the doctor to see if I'm cleared for work after that. I had to get a new costume for work in other locations and then I spent about half an hour sobbing in a bathroom stall because I couldn't even hold myself together long enough to make it to my car. It was a really bad day.
After some time has passed though, I'm calmer and have pulled myself together. I'm still nervous about these two weeks, but I know that I can make it through. I'm really lucky that I work for a company that will accommodate injuries like this so you can still get paid even if you can't do your regular job. Still, it would have been nice to be prepared ahead of time so I wouldn't be so overwhelmed like that. I don't know what happened there.
Here's hoping for a calm, easy two weeks away from my regular job... I already miss my team and location!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.