I am not a young pharmacist, have been doing this for 20+ years. This industry has taken a toll on my body- standing for 12 hrs a day, with less breaks than are legally mandated, all have contributed to knee/back/joint problems.
Each year it becomes harder and harder for me to work multiple back to back 11 and 12 hr shifts. I go home and am almost completely useless to my children, because I'm completely exhausted. And the constant stress of having to ingratiate myself to angry customers, remain calm in the face of being blatantly disrespected as a human being on a daily basis? Don't even get me started on what that does to your spirit.
But then it happens again...from my employer. So now I'm a not young pharmacist, single parent of kids. And no job. In a saturated market. I think I'm going to have to sell my house, and most of the things in it.
This has dramatically impacted me and my children. I have no illusions that I will find another job anytime soon, or that we will even have a home to live in. Devastated. Good luck to anyone else out there, because I know I'm not the only one.
Sending prayers for peace of mind, and that instead of just trying to survive, that we all can somehow thrive.