Xray Time

I recently had an unexplained pain in my right foot. I am still not sure how it happened, but I think it occurred when I got home after the most recent basketball game that I played. I tried going up for a block from a player running a fastbreak, did not get the contact that I was expecting, and landed hard on my right foot. The weird thing is, I did not feel the pain until after I got home, took a nap and went down to the bathroom for a call of nature. I was about two steps off the stairs when I felt a bit of pain.

The location of the pain
The location of the pain

I was scared that I injured it, with our company Sports Festival nearing. It does not hurt much, but it was still giving me second thoughts when I flex my foot.

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A few days later, we had another practice game, and I tried wrapping it with a bandage. I felt awkward running up and down the court at first, thinking that I might aggravate whatever it was that was injured. But a few minutes and a few sprints later, I grew more comfortable, since I was not feeling the pain, surprisingly. The practice went smooth, and I went home afterwards, forgetting the pain a bit. The only reminder I had was when I went to get something off the bed, and I flexed my foot again, causing me to feel it.

I decided to go to a doctor to have it checked, finally. I consistently put it off since I had a very tight schedule, and I know how long it takes for me to talk to any doctor.

My girlfriend and I went to the nearest company clinic and waited for our name to be called. We waited for a few hours to no avail. I had to go back the following day since my wife is already tired, hungry and grumpy from waiting.

The process was quick but it was not free of difficulty.  I had to hold my foot in a certain position for the x-ray, and I was not completely adept at it because of the injury. I got the results a few days later, in a CD. No more x-ray films to look at, just a plain, old CD to check in a computer.

The result was: “No demonstrable osseous nor joint abnormality in the views obtained”,  which was a great news! I can still play and practice without having to think of a nagging injury.

The pain was still present until a few more days, and currently gone. I have not felt it again, but the timing couldn’t have been worse, since we haven’t had any practice games for the past three weeks.

Here are the x-ray views:

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X-Ray #2 was the most uncomfortable, since I had to hold that position for several seconds, and I had to do it twice since the first shot came out a bit fuzzy.

Going Undercover: Busted!

Well, if you have read my previous post, then you would have known how excited I was for this gig. But unfortunately, I was busted! Haha! One of the trainees turned out to be a former employee who was not able to complete her training, and therefore had to attend another class, which turned out to be the one I am “attending”. That’s why her name seemed familiar. I was all prepped for the first day, when I heard someone call my name and introduced herself. She then proceeded to tell the other attendees that I was a supervisor. I had to come out to the open and ‘fess up. LOL

Going Undercover

Don’t tell anyone, but I will be going undercover for a week. But before I get carried away and tell you that I will be going Covert Ops on a drug bust, it is just for an office activity that we normally do each year. Ever since I got in the Training Department, I have been tasked to pretend as a newly hired guy off the streets and join a class of agents (I work in a BPO) for one whole training class. I have been given this wonderful task because I look young (*ahem*) and I can blend in the classes.

The main purpose of this activity, and I am hoping not to give too much away, is to get as much information as I can about the people that we are hiring. For people who are familiar with the business, they would know that hiring involves several stages. From getting people interested in our company (advertising) to the “head hunters” getting people to actually apply to the actual recruitment process. After all of those, they get to our laps, the Training Department. Going undercover helps us determine if the people that we hired were hired “properly”. If a Trainer gets picked to go undercover, he or she needs to figure out a way to squeeze information out of the trainees without blowing his or her cover, otherwise the trainees will become a little wary of what they will say, since they will have the “wall” up. The “wall” is what we like to call the gap between a supervisor and a subordinate, which happens on any business. One subordinate will be comfortable with their supervisor only to a certain degree, with the thought of getting fired or saying the wrong things always in his or her mind.

Going undercover also helps us understand how trainees think, and figure out the reason why some of them fail, or ultimately leave. Every batch is different, but this activity always gives us a feel of what transpires during the training. We can use also observe the Trainer and provide feedback, thus helping each other out too.

I am hoping that all turns out well, and that my cover will not be blown. I will be playing a part that I have played a few times already: an undergraduate who just got hired with no prior working experience, with the only knowledge of the industry coming from a relative who is also a trainer, working on the same company.

It’s almost like the show ‘Undercover Boss”, except that I am not a CEO.