I'm a junior paralegal for an extremely busy personal injury firm. All junior paralegals help cover the receptionist for lunch and breaks. We rotate by week and last week was mine.
Friday, during the receptionist's lunch, I just couldn't keep up. They phones were really busy. There were people coming in and out for depositions, people needing things, etc. Lunch is an especially hard time to cover because a lot of the support staff is out for lunch and no one is answering their extension. They really need a second phone operator, the phones are so busy. It was absolute chaos.
To make a long story short, I was crazy-stressed anyway and ended up in tears by the time the receptionist came back. I went to the ladies' room and had a full-blown anxiety attack. Hyperventilating and everything. It hurt. I took off early to go home. On my way home, it happened again and was so awful I had to pull off the road.
I called my fiance. I was in such bad shape, he thought I needed the hospital. I got myself together eventually and went on home.
We've been talking it over and I think I'm quitting my job. I'm going to put in my notice on Monday. We can afford it. We'll have to cut back some, but not too drastically. I may get a part time job, something less stressful.
I have a commute that's been taking me 2 hours one way, traffic has been so bad. I barely see my daughter these days.
I guess I just wanted to get that off my chest and get reassurance that I'm doing the right thing.
If you read all this, bless you.