I used to be a phlebotomist.
I liked the job, but in my area, the only job a beginning (as in just out of school, which I was) phlebotomist could get was working 3rd shift in a hospital. The pay was barely above minimum wage, I was constantly exhausted as a single mom with 2 young kids (because I couldn't sleep all day if I wanted any time with them at all), and working in a hospital (where it's pretty much a given that everyone is sick somehow), I was constantly making my kids sick. No matter how much I washed my hands and stuff, I still managed to bring stuff home to them - and I know it was the hospital because it never happened before or after that job like it did there.
If I'd been able to work regular hours in a lab, I would probably still be doing it now (and writing on the side, of course). I liked it. It was nice being able to reassure people before I drew their blood, talk to people. And it was kinda fun. lol
at 11:10 PM on Dec. 31, 2013