I’ve never really spoken about my job because I really don’t have anything interesting to say. That’s not changed today but it needs to be mentioned so I can tell you about the behaviour I’m good at!
I work within clinical research. Currently I work with Phase III Cancer trials. I’ve never had much to do with Cancer and a lot of it has been learning on the job. Currently I deal with the Prostate portfolio. This means that I get to interact with more men than I probably should and am probably going to be scarred for life hearing some of their stories but if it helps make their lives that lil’ bit better – what’s a lil’ scarring right?!
March is Prostate Cancer (PC) awareness month and in a bid to raise awareness, my colleague R (who I babysat for) organised a PC awareness day in a bid to give people the chance to attend whether they be patients, carers or other research staff – anyone who wanted to know a bit more basically.
So we managed to get a town hall to donate a room for free and get a few organisations to come down to help raise awareness. Me and a room full of men? And so the floozy like behaviour commenced! PC is common in certain ethnicities and I tend to attract more attention from these ethnic groups than others so I was made to “circle” the room and hand out some info. Cue one guy from certain ethnicity (OGFCE) cornering me as I walked out in the corridor
OGFCE: So you work here huh?
OGFCE: So what do you do?
Me: *tries to explain in a nutshell*
OGFCE: Would I be eligible for that kinda treatment?
Me: Well, do you have PC?
Me: *Thinking WTF?!* Oh, well what you should do is go and see the doctor and get a PSA test done. PC is really quite common in your ethnicity and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
OGFCE: So.. what do you do in your spare time?
Me: *being the polite girl that I am* You know – normal stuff… *explain my fantastic range of hobbies!*
OGFCE: Oh right – I organise gigs and stuff. You should come along.
Me: Cool. Well I’ll try. Thanks.
OGFCE: Have you got a boyfriend?
Me: *A resounding yes because I did not want to get into a situation. Bear in mind he was exactly 20 years older than me!*
OGFCE: Oh, that’s a shame. Not for him but for me. I was going to ask for your number but it wouldn’t be appropriate would it?
Me: Aww – that’s kind but no it wouldn’t. But make sure you get checked out for PC and let me know about your gigs. *Cue Scrumpy desperately trying to get away*
OGFCE: Well, take my number anyways.
And I wrote it down and everything! WHY and HOW do I get myself into these situations?!
But I did use my floozy like behaviour to get people to come in off the street and helped raise awareness of PC so I’m not a complete floozy – just a partial one!