To think I have the best job on the Planet?

(54 Posts)
CityTiliDie Tue 05-Feb-13 20:46:53

I am sooooo lucky to have the best job in the world.

Today I changed a mans life for the better just by cutting his toenails. Everyday I make people feel better by treating their feet but today had a man with MH problems and hadnt cut his toenail for over five years...... you can work it out by the length roughly.
He was in pain and had difficulty walking but 45 minutes later danced out of my room with a smile on his face. It gives me a bigger high than any drug could to see it.

WHy is your job the best?

Uppatreecuppatea Tue 05-Feb-13 20:47:56

Good for you! I think that's super.

Skinnywhippet Tue 05-Feb-13 20:49:23

Glad you enjoyed that OP. can't say that would encourage me to get out of bed in the morning. Though, I know what you mean about having a relationship with people in your work and making a difference.

GreatGooglyMoogly Tue 05-Feb-13 20:52:38

That's lovely City smile. Ooh, could I ask you a question about toenails? DH and the DC all have toenails that grow in a curved shape back into their skin. I've heard that I'm meant to cut them in a V shape to stop them growing like that but I don't really understand how. Do you have any advice? Thanks!

PimpMyHippo Tue 05-Feb-13 20:54:56

My job is the best because I get to see (and cuddle!) loads of lovely animals every day. grin And I get to assist with surgery which never stops being fascinating.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 05-Feb-13 20:55:23

I know just what you mean City

I work in children's palliative care looking after children with life threatening and life limiting conditions, every day we make a difference to someone's life.

SamuelWestsMistress Tue 05-Feb-13 20:55:54

Oh wow! What a feeling of satisfaction for both of you. How long were they? How was he even able to wear shoes? Poor man. I bet he'll remember you!

You would give me immense joy if you came and sorted out my hooves City! I used to love a trip to the Chiropodist.

I think the elderly definitely appreciate healthy feet too, when mobility is impaired.

MechanicalTheatre Tue 05-Feb-13 20:57:15

Wow OP, that's great.

Merle Tue 05-Feb-13 20:58:50

are you in Bradford, OP? (off the point, I know), but exciting times smile

specialsubject Tue 05-Feb-13 21:42:28

I wondered why people took up chiropody - and now I know! Nice one, OP.

I've had an equally good job. If you make people happy then you will never be working, always having fun.

City I'm a Podiatrist too (NHS).
I would agree there's great job satisfaction but bloody hell, it grinds a person down too.grin

The relentless paperwork
The keeping to appointment times (some patients seem to forget there's a roomful out in the waiting room)

And do you know what really boils my piss?
When I put a sign on my door- Please Don't Knock and they just blardy well open the door and walk in.
It's the height of rudeness! Since when does "Please do not knock- take a seat" mean just walk in confused

But yes, it's a good job (but I wouldn;t say the best one)

fromparistoberlin Tue 05-Feb-13 22:58:44

aww OP

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman . I dont know what to say. I am quite awestruck of people who do your job, really

Kyrptonite Tue 05-Feb-13 23:02:46

Because I get to finger paint and play with play dough all day grin

Also because I like knowing that I have made progress when I see my key children enhance their speech, start to make friends and generally develop awesome (mostly) personalities.

Angelfootprints Wed 06-Feb-13 00:09:04

"Please do not knock- take a seat"

To be fair you could interpret that as " dont worry about knocking, please just come straight in to the room and sit down".

Maybe the reason?!

Geeklover Wed 06-Feb-13 00:14:07

My dc's headmaster thinks he has the bestest job in the whole world.
He says it regularly and if I'm honest he acts like he means it.
He IS amazing tbf and in a school of nearly 300 there is not a child I've come across that doesn't like him.
I have had cause to work with another fab head and I don't know how he does what he does every day plus do all the crappy stuff and paperwork etc he has to do.

MortifiedAdams Wed 06-Feb-13 00:15:18

I work in a Hotel and on Saturday we have a family coming to stay whos little boy will be eight on the day. Tomorrow evening I am popping out for a card and a cake and a little gift from the Hotel for him and I am soooo looking forward to.him checking in and seeing his presents - I know at eight I would have been beside myself at that grin

I know im not saving a life or anything but still gives me a warm fuzzy glow.

LadyBeagleEyes Wed 06-Feb-13 00:20:45

Wow Op, you sound lovely, you need to look at my feet, you sound so non judgemental and my feet are horrible.
Though I would love Pimpmyhippos job, I could easily cuddle animals for a living.
I bet it's not that simple though.

Punkatheart Wed 06-Feb-13 08:17:49

Thank goodness there are people like you in the world.

You have a lovely soul (sole),

CityTiliDie Wed 06-Feb-13 18:24:16

Hi. The big toe nails were about 6-7 cm long and the others were curled over his toe ends and digging into the flesh under his foot. He wore shoes three sizes too big and was sruggling to walk and this was contibuting to his MH problems, now he can get out of the house in comfort.

With curved nails it depends which way they curve. If they are curving over the end of the toe then this is often caused by wearing socks pulled up too high although can often be something they will grow out of. If they curve down the sides this is called an involuted nail and if often inherited so its your faut! grin Some people think the V cut works and others (myself included) think it it an old wives tale that doesnt work. Without seeing the nails it is impossible to give much helpful advice so unless you live in the great city of HULL I cant be much more help.

Today I had a client with over 100 corns on each foot!!!!!

70isa you will hate me as I am a FHP!! was hpc reg chiropodist but resigned due to 'politics' and rumours of future ridiculous 'rules'. Now in private practice, very busy and loving every second of it.

ClippedPhoenix Wed 06-Feb-13 18:29:08

Good for you. A gold star!

roadkillbunny Wed 06-Feb-13 18:40:49

I was ready to say YABU as I have the best job in the world grin!
I can't however compete with the fact you change people's lives, I get to mess about with horses and get paid to do my expensive hobby. I often marvel at how lucky I am to be able to do this and although I have had to amas a huge amount of knowledge and expirance to do the job I have enjoyed almost all of it. Changeing people's lives is not something I can do! I have the ability to change a horses life, to, when despritly needed provide stability and a loving, caring, knowledable home for life. It isn't part of my day to day work though, once offs so I am forward to admit that YANBU!

roughtyping Wed 06-Feb-13 18:45:48

I love love love my job, I teach the most amazing class who are fab and an absolute joy smile

weaselm4 Wed 06-Feb-13 18:53:59

I love my job too - messing about with lovely books and uniting pensioners and children alike with whatever they want to read!

Libraries rule!

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Wed 06-Feb-13 18:59:47

Wow love days that make you happy.

<re the curved toe thing dh has just one that does that as does dd>

Lara2 Wed 06-Feb-13 19:18:07

I love my job because I get to overhear things like this whilst passing the infant girls loo:
"But I have rainbow pants!!!". Love it!grin

DoItToJulia Wed 06-Feb-13 19:25:47

Can I ask a toenail related question please?

my ds has a slither of nail that grows straight up, at right angles to the rest of his nail. I have the cut the slither very short to stop it annoying him, but when it grows t simply grows back the same. What should I do?

Sorry, but it never seems worth a GP trip!


Ps, how lovely that you change lives. That must be a very nice feeling!

SilverOldie Wed 06-Feb-13 19:28:41

Next time the chiropodist comes to cut my toenails (which I can't reach), I will ask her if she thinks she has the best job in the world. She's always cheerful so I suspect she enjoys it as much as you do OP.

McNewPants2013 Wed 06-Feb-13 19:43:59

I wish i had tha job satifaction feeling. Good on you OP for finding a job that is satifying

All i get is bad press

sherazade Wed 06-Feb-13 19:55:57

love my job too.

Almost on a daily basis , one 4/5 year old from my reception class will randomly rush to hug me and then the whole class (of 22) want to join in shortly after which I'm being squeezed to death by the whole class. The children constantly say things like 'you're my bestest teacher/best friend/ number one teacher/ 'last number teacher' (?)/ I like you miss'. At this age they'll do anything to please and are so receptive.

Spent the day doing lots of singing, rhymes, dance, baking, stories, painting snowflakes /making paper snowflakes. There is glitter and sand everywhere at the end of the day and tired children and sometimes I feel as though I spend the whole day doing nothing but sweeping up sand in fact I joked to my TA that we could hire someone for this sole purpose but it's all worth it.

justmyview Wed 06-Feb-13 19:59:02

I am involved with adoptions, etc. My DD loves the notion that I help to find new mummies and daddies for children who can't live with their own families. I love it. I'd do it for nothing

skratta Wed 06-Feb-13 20:08:51

YABU. I love my job so much!

Paediatric research oncologist,specialising in brain and spinal tumours. Every day I get to meet the bravest, loveliest children I could ever hope to meet and know I can help them and their families through the worst moments in anyone's lives. And knowing that I can be part of the cure.

YorkshireDeb Wed 06-Feb-13 20:18:20

Wow - what an inspirational thread. I spend far too much time moaning about my job. But reading other people's comments has reminded me that there's a lot I love about it too. X

TaggieCampbellBlack Wed 06-Feb-13 20:25:46

Mine's the best.

And it makes people smile from grin.

HolidayArmadillo Wed 06-Feb-13 20:25:54

I'm a midwife. On a good day there really is no job like it.

I do have manky feet though.

CityTiliDie Thu 07-Feb-13 07:09:51

doitto two options on the 'straight up' slither.
1. Keep trimming it like you are.
2. talk to GP. some do minor nail surgery and will remove the offending slither permanently. Local anaesthetic all over in 10 mins.

I would happily do my job for free but my DW would complain at not being able to buy yet more shoes!! wink

Dancergirl Thu 07-Feb-13 07:17:47

I bloody love chiropodists!

Never forget the time we were on holiday to Cornwall and I had a really painful in growing toenail. Dh had some sort of peeling on his feet. So we arranged a family outing to the chiropodist. I was really scared but he knew exactly where to cut the nail. It hurt for a split second then....instant relief. I could have kissed him! Dh had athletes foot.

The funniest bit was going to Boots afterwards to buy an eclectic mix of things: nappies, athletes foot cream and condoms blush Bet that confused them!

GreatGooglyMoogly Fri 08-Feb-13 07:13:36

Thanks City smile. Their toenails curve over the ends of the toes and DS1 definitely pulls his socks on too high but neither DH or DS2 do so I'm surprised it's not genetic! Shame we don't live in Hull!

BlackholesAndRevelations Fri 08-Feb-13 07:30:02

Even though I do teach and spend the day with a bunch of amazing six year olds, I do sometimes think I'd like to do something even more worthwhile... Like midwifery or something else medical.

googlenut Fri 08-Feb-13 07:33:21

Love my job too! I'm a university researcher and am researching the disease that affects one of my children! Fantastic meeting other parents as well and having that immediate empathy.

AngryBeaver Fri 08-Feb-13 07:38:37

So pleased for you city. How nice to love your job!
ahem, fungal toe nail...?!
Have tried EVERYTHING. Amnow on 50% bleach water mix, followed by manuka oil!
Would LOVE to have nice nails!

MrsDeVere Fri 08-Feb-13 08:09:12

skratta thank you. smile

Perhaps I can smooz you now because my five year old DS wants to be a Peed-e-ater-ic On-col-ol-on-gist when he is grown up.

He is lovely and will need work experience in a couple of years time grin

Oh and he came up with that idea all by himself with NO prompting from me, oh yes he did oh no he didnt

MrsDeVere Fri 08-Feb-13 08:13:21

I have a brilliant job when I am being managed well. I am atm so it feels good.
Meeting families more or less at the point of devastating diagnosis, leading them through the system and helping them at appointments and reviews. Eventually getting their children into nursery/school and sorting out the right support.

I get to play with the children and chat to the parents.

It can be very sad. We lose children regularly as many have life-limiting conditions. I also find myself working with quite a few children in care (actually I seek them out) and they are surely our most vulnerable children. Disabled children in care need everyone to look out for them.

Merle Fri 08-Feb-13 19:46:29

Hull is good smile

socharlottet Fri 08-Feb-13 19:50:17

I though you were going to say you had a job in quality control at 'Ben and Jerrys'

ThePinkOcelot Fri 08-Feb-13 20:57:30

I couldn't do your job for a million! I hate feet, couldnt touch other people's feet. Yuck! Good on you for doing it though x

skratta Sat 09-Feb-13 18:11:44

I'll be waiting, MrsDeVere!

determinedma Sat 09-Feb-13 18:41:10

I work in business support which sounds dull but is fascinating. I work with every kind of business under the sun from sole traders start ring out, to multi-million turnovers. I love meeting brilliant young entrepreneur with great ideas, and being able to help struggling small businesses to stay in business.

bedmonster Sun 10-Feb-13 22:20:52

angrybeaver I have a fungal toenail infection too! It started on the tiny toenail and is spreading to the next one, bastard infection. Unfortunately I have a real foot issue so could never go to the gp or anyone really, which is a shame as my mum had a severe infection in all ten toenails and has been taking medication for about 4 months so far and its clearing up unbelievably well. So I know it would help. But just can't do it. So silly.
Op I really don't understand how you do.what you do, but its so lovely that you get as much out of it as your clients.

AngryBeaver Mon 11-Feb-13 09:29:11

bedmonster..if you can't go tothe docs(you could just explain your foot issue, and ask for the pills? But they are damaging to the liver,so..) try this..50/50 water bleach mix, then either manuka, oil or tree tea.
Good luck, it's a fucker to clear.

pandaptogether Mon 11-Feb-13 10:34:55

I love my job too, I am a florist and love it, although I know I wont get any flowers on valentines day

bedmonster I am using Vicks vaporub on my yucky toenails with quite good results so far, might be worth a try?

city Couldn't do a 'foot' job but what a lovely outcome smile

Gottalovecosta Mon 11-Feb-13 11:51:00

I'm a Midwife and love my job ,think its the best job ever. Get to meet lots of new people, no day is ever the same. Get a real high when I've helped someone through a difficult situation or a difficult birth and leave them with their new family. Just wonderful.

bedmonster Mon 11-Feb-13 12:46:53

Thanks for the advice guys, it's only on one and a half nails and it's not bad, my mums nails got all thick and brittle and kind of poked up they were so infected, mine are just a bit discoloured but I can see where the infection is spreading and maybe that will happen to me too?
Oh well, it's only feet and I hate them anyway, i'd never wear a pair of flip flops!
pandaptogether i've always thought it must be lovely to be a florist, but don't your hands freeze?!

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