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Re: Party's Over!
« Reply #870 on: May 09, 2019, 10:34:48 am »
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6 years ago on this day I was working in a meat factory for $20.50 an hour starting at 4am. Every day I would wake up early, get to work and watch the clock and calculate the money in my head. 90 minutes prior to close I'd hose down and clean all the machines, and come home soaking wet smelling like meat. At the time I felt very resentful because I had gone to uni for 4 years, which cost me 40k. Yet here I was underutilised, working in a low paying job, with most of my colleagues barely able to speak English. These days I have a much better job and earn double the amount, but I still feel miserable. 6 years ago if I was in my current position I would feel happy. However, now I still feel underutilised...

Sorry to hear that mate. Has the new role in the Army not been much fun so far?

I haven't started the Army yet. Just waiting for the call but unfortunately I'm not much use atm with a busted Achilles. It's been over a week and I still can't walk without pain. Mentally I've pulled the pin for this season, which has been good. I'm still going out to watch the games but I'm not attending training's and have let my coach / team know the situation. I'm sure I'll get the bug to play again as soon as I'm fit but for now it's been good not worrying about when I can potentially play again.

In terms of the job I started a new role within the same department (for less pay) in March. Ultimately I still have to report to the same management though and apart from being in a different location the same problems still exist. I have no confidence in HR as they work closely with management and don't seem to place much emphasis on confidentiality. They are aware of there being problems within our department but it's easier for them to turn a blind eye. Of people that I know of who have complained to HR they have been scapegoated by management and made out to be 'troublemakers'. These people are then monitored and performance managed at the first opportunity until they either quit or get fired. Apologies if anybody works in HR here but from my experience they have done more harm then good and tend to side with management over employees.

The first thing you learn in business is that high sick leave and high staff turnover are the signs of low staff morale and or poor management. My department has had a staff turnover of close to 40% in the last 12 months and we regularly have high amounts of sick leave. Last year they realised turnover was a problem so they employed most of the workers as permanent employees. Yet half of them still left because it's a toxic environment and I can't wait to get out of there. When I first started in this department 18 months ago I always wondered why one of my colleagues appeared so apathetic and cynical. I now understand completely how she feels and being passionless and emotionally detached is the easiest way to survive from one day to the next.

I have been looking for jobs since December but have only actually applied for about 12 jobs, but each application is improving. I have my first job interview this Monday so hopefully I can get an offer. If not I'll keep applying. The reason for the low amount of applications is that I really don't want to take a step backwards career wise. Also the majority of jobs are all casual or contract positions, which offer less job security then what I have now. Hopefully with the end of the financial year more jobs will start being advertised and I'll find something. Until then I'm biting my tongue and surviving day to day.


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Re: Party's Over!
« Reply #871 on: May 17, 2019, 06:35:11 am »
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my gf spent a year in an absolutely toxic work situation, which she finally got out of when she quit last month. a big part of the drain on her energy and mood was the constant self-doubt, wondering if it was just her shortcomings that meant she wasn't performing as well as she expected of herself or doing as much as she was being asked to do. that was never the case: she's brilliant at the responsibilities she had (although they're not her first choice of professional work) but the company she worked for was shambolic in the extreme, not to mention corrupt. (by the way, folks: do your due diligence before you donate money to a nonprofit.) it was a strange relief when she realized that one of the only coworkers she respected told her that she was crying every day out of frustration.

not the same situation as yours in the details but sounds similarly shitty. good luck getting out of there.

also, yeah: i do not regret "retiring" from competitive ultimate. i was never as good at it as you are at rugby but i had a couple of years of being a respectable player before the sixth ankle sprain just pushed me over the edge. playing pick-up now, in tennis shoes rather than cleats, is just good fun. if i were you i'd think seriously about hanging up your cleats and sticking to activities that are less likely to derail you for months at a time.
Muscles are nonsensical they have nothing to do with this bullshit.

- Avishek

sunday: long very easy run 80+ mins @ 5:40+ (14+ km)
monday: strength/cross training
tuesday: extensive tempo (7 km) OR fartlek (mostly easy pace with mix of strides, hills, long tempo) 45 mins (8+ km)
wednesday: easy run 60+ mins @ 5:20-5:30 (11+ km)
thursday: easy run 60+ mins @ 5:20-5:30 (11+ km), strength/cross-training
friday: rest
saturday: short tempo 6-8x500 @ sub-4:00 (7 km)

strength would be:
- hops 2x10
- box jumps or ME SVJ 2x5
- squats 3x6-8 or weighted BSS/lunges 3x10/leg
- RDL/hypers 2x10-12 or SLRDL 2x10-12/leg
- upper push myo-reps or sets to technical failure
- upper pull myo-reps or sets to technical failure
- leg raises, holds, pallof presses

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Re: Party's Over!
« Reply #872 on: May 17, 2019, 08:40:16 am »
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my gf spent a year in an absolutely toxic work situation, which she finally got out of when she quit last month. a big part of the drain on her energy and mood was the constant self-doubt, wondering if it was just her shortcomings that meant she wasn't performing as well as she expected of herself or doing as much as she was being asked to do. that was never the case: she's brilliant at the responsibilities she had (although they're not her first choice of professional work) but the company she worked for was shambolic in the extreme, not to mention corrupt. (by the way, folks: do your due diligence before you donate money to a nonprofit.) it was a strange relief when she realized that one of the only coworkers she respected told her that she was crying every day out of frustration.

not the same situation as yours in the details but sounds similarly shitty. good luck getting out of there.

also, yeah: i do not regret "retiring" from competitive ultimate. i was never as good at it as you are at rugby but i had a couple of years of being a respectable player before the sixth ankle sprain just pushed me over the edge. playing pick-up now, in tennis shoes rather than cleats, is just good fun. if i were you i'd think seriously about hanging up your cleats and sticking to activities that are less likely to derail you for months at a time.

I'll be grateful once I get out of my work environment. I don't doubt my skills. I can type at close to 100 WMP and I'm meticulous with reading and actioning my emails, and I always complete projects within deadlines and am a proactive employee. Most of the criticism I receive is due to my role as a supervisor with management complaining about mistakes that my staff make or areas of operation not being adequately back-filled. In terms of back-fill we are running on skeleton staff due to fiscal constraints so whenever we have planned or unplanned leave it's a matter of robbing Peter to pay Paul. If I'm aware of planned leave I'll communicate to management two weeks prior with the plan of covering the area. At the time they'll have no issues with the plan but on the day they'll complain that their area isn't adequately covered and question my decision making ability. In terms of mistakes made by staff it's often due to conflicting advice from management. For example they will ask me to tell my staff to call them whenever customers want to discuss 'x'. Yet later they will complain that they are receiving too many calls from my staff referring customers to them for 'x'. However, if my staff don't transfer the calls to them about 'x' they will complain that they didn't receive the call about 'x'...

My interview on Monday went well. However, I am still yet to hear back on whether I have the job or not.

As far as rugby league goes I'm not going to play this year. Once my Achilles recovers I'm going to focus on building up my fitness again and getting back to the gym. My fitness goals will be more lifestyle orientated, such as losing 30lbs.
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Re: Party's Over!
« Reply #873 on: May 17, 2019, 08:58:31 am »
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yeah that sounds familiar. put. everything. in. writing.
Muscles are nonsensical they have nothing to do with this bullshit.

- Avishek

sunday: long very easy run 80+ mins @ 5:40+ (14+ km)
monday: strength/cross training
tuesday: extensive tempo (7 km) OR fartlek (mostly easy pace with mix of strides, hills, long tempo) 45 mins (8+ km)
wednesday: easy run 60+ mins @ 5:20-5:30 (11+ km)
thursday: easy run 60+ mins @ 5:20-5:30 (11+ km), strength/cross-training
friday: rest
saturday: short tempo 6-8x500 @ sub-4:00 (7 km)

strength would be:
- hops 2x10
- box jumps or ME SVJ 2x5
- squats 3x6-8 or weighted BSS/lunges 3x10/leg
- RDL/hypers 2x10-12 or SLRDL 2x10-12/leg
- upper push myo-reps or sets to technical failure
- upper pull myo-reps or sets to technical failure
- leg raises, holds, pallof presses

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Re: Party's Over!
« Reply #874 on: June 01, 2019, 09:32:20 am »
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5 weeks later and I'm still having intense Achilles pain. I can barely walk without limping. I had an ultrasound done and they confirmed that the Achilles was still in tact (not ruptured) but noted that there was a severe amount of inflammation, which is evident just looking at my Achilles. 38 pictures have been sent to my GP so I'll have to go and follow up with the GP on the best management practice. The radiologist noted that the inflammation was right where the Achilles and Heel connect, which is bad as wearing shoes constantly aggravates the injury and prolongs recovery time. As soon as I take my shoes off I feel instant relief.

 
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Re: Party's Over!
« Reply #875 on: June 01, 2019, 06:46:01 pm »
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5 weeks later and I'm still having intense Achilles pain. I can barely walk without limping. I had an ultrasound done and they confirmed that the Achilles was still in tact (not ruptured) but noted that there was a severe amount of inflammation, which is evident just looking at my Achilles. 38 pictures have been sent to my GP so I'll have to go and follow up with the GP on the best management practice. The radiologist noted that the inflammation was right where the Achilles and Heel connect, which is bad as wearing shoes constantly aggravates the injury and prolongs recovery time. As soon as I take my shoes off I feel instant relief.

damn man that sucks :/

sounds like solving that shoe problem is a big priority.

for runners, Mo Farah used to (maybe still does?) cut the back of his shoes to prevent that friction.

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Re: Party's Over!
« Reply #876 on: June 09, 2019, 08:20:02 am »
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Ultrasound Findings:
There is a disruption of the deeper fibers of the Achilles tendon insertion with focal hypo echogenicity, hyperaemia at the distal tendon insertion extending over approximately 2cm in length. There is an increased echogenicity and hyperaemia also noted in the retrocalcaneal fat.
No fluid collection / haematoma are identified in the posterior calf.

Conclusion:
Disruption of the deeper fibers of plantaris tendon at the distal insertion with association inflammatory changes.

5 weeks later and my Achilles is still fucked. I've now been placed on a waiting list to see an Orthopedic Surgeon.
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Re: Party's Over!
« Reply #877 on: June 09, 2019, 10:51:07 am »
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Ultrasound Findings:
There is a disruption of the deeper fibers of the Achilles tendon insertion with focal hypo echogenicity, hyperaemia at the distal tendon insertion extending over approximately 2cm in length. There is an increased echogenicity and hyperaemia also noted in the retrocalcaneal fat.
No fluid collection / haematoma are identified in the posterior calf.

Conclusion:
Disruption of the deeper fibers of plantaris tendon at the distal insertion with association inflammatory changes.

5 weeks later and my Achilles is still fucked. I've now been placed on a waiting list to see an Orthopedic Surgeon.

damn man that really sucks. how long do waiting lists like that usually take?

also: is there anything you can do to just promote overall healing/recovery, without directly stressing it? ie increasing blood flow via stationary bike etc.

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Re: Party's Over!
« Reply #878 on: June 09, 2019, 07:32:42 pm »
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Ultrasound Findings:
There is a disruption of the deeper fibers of the Achilles tendon insertion with focal hypo echogenicity, hyperaemia at the distal tendon insertion extending over approximately 2cm in length. There is an increased echogenicity and hyperaemia also noted in the retrocalcaneal fat.
No fluid collection / haematoma are identified in the posterior calf.

Conclusion:
Disruption of the deeper fibers of plantaris tendon at the distal insertion with association inflammatory changes.

5 weeks later and my Achilles is still fucked. I've now been placed on a waiting list to see an Orthopedic Surgeon.

damn man that really sucks. how long do waiting lists like that usually take?

also: is there anything you can do to just promote overall healing/recovery, without directly stressing it? ie increasing blood flow via stationary bike etc.

The GP said about 2 years waiting time in the public system. If I go private it could be a few weeks.

Good suggestions with the promoting overall healing / recovering. I should start going to the gym and using the stationery bike. Also just lifestyle factors like not drinking as drinking thins the blood and inhibits recovery time.
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« Reply #879 on: June 09, 2019, 10:20:51 pm »
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Ultrasound Findings:
There is a disruption of the deeper fibers of the Achilles tendon insertion with focal hypo echogenicity, hyperaemia at the distal tendon insertion extending over approximately 2cm in length. There is an increased echogenicity and hyperaemia also noted in the retrocalcaneal fat.
No fluid collection / haematoma are identified in the posterior calf.

Conclusion:
Disruption of the deeper fibers of plantaris tendon at the distal insertion with association inflammatory changes.

5 weeks later and my Achilles is still fucked. I've now been placed on a waiting list to see an Orthopedic Surgeon.

damn man that really sucks. how long do waiting lists like that usually take?

also: is there anything you can do to just promote overall healing/recovery, without directly stressing it? ie increasing blood flow via stationary bike etc.

The GP said about 2 years waiting time in the public system. If I go private it could be a few weeks.

daaamn. :/

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Good suggestions with the promoting overall healing / recovering. I should start going to the gym and using the stationery bike. Also just lifestyle factors like not drinking as drinking thins the blood and inhibits recovery time.

yup. do it.

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Re: Party's Over!
« Reply #880 on: June 13, 2019, 06:28:21 am »
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two years to wait for surgery in the public system? yeesh. i wonder what non-emergency ortho waiting times are like on medicaid (public insurance only for low-income/poor people) in the US.

how much would the private surgery cost? and do you have insurance that would cover it or would it be out of pocket?
Muscles are nonsensical they have nothing to do with this bullshit.

- Avishek

sunday: long very easy run 80+ mins @ 5:40+ (14+ km)
monday: strength/cross training
tuesday: extensive tempo (7 km) OR fartlek (mostly easy pace with mix of strides, hills, long tempo) 45 mins (8+ km)
wednesday: easy run 60+ mins @ 5:20-5:30 (11+ km)
thursday: easy run 60+ mins @ 5:20-5:30 (11+ km), strength/cross-training
friday: rest
saturday: short tempo 6-8x500 @ sub-4:00 (7 km)

strength would be:
- hops 2x10
- box jumps or ME SVJ 2x5
- squats 3x6-8 or weighted BSS/lunges 3x10/leg
- RDL/hypers 2x10-12 or SLRDL 2x10-12/leg
- upper push myo-reps or sets to technical failure
- upper pull myo-reps or sets to technical failure
- leg raises, holds, pallof presses