Written Friday 3/16/12
Do ya think I’m happy today? My little sister ( a computer specialist in a major insurance company) got a bonus and took me out to dinner last night. So actually that was the start of the goodness. We live in the same small town but don’t see each other as often as we’d like because she’s so dedicated to her job and to visiting our Mom in the nursing home where she’s resided for the past few years. Sis’s job is in the same city so visiting is more convenient than where she worked previously (until they eliminated her position when she reached her 25th anniversary with that company). Way of today’s corporate world. Anyway it was a really nice visit. Have you ever had coconut crusted cod? Delish!
Our conversation got me to thinking of trying to work again. I stopped working because the man child was having a very difficult time and couldn’t be left alone, but I told the doctor I intended to work full time when we got sonny better. The doctor thought I was already on disability because of my multiple health issues and he ordered me, rather vehemently, to not return to working, but to get my application started that day. My other doctors wholeheartedly agreed. The process took a very long time, and my health declined in that time, as the doctors expected it would. Now I have a power wheelchair and a van equipped to carry it to help me get through the painful part of my health issues. I needed oxygen for a couple years, and no one hires someone on oxygen, but I’m off of it again. My body was created by God to keep doctors on their toes. I frequently tell them that’s my purpose in life, because while they know what is happening and how to treat it, they never find a cause. So we also never know why I suddenly get better. I just take it gratefully and run (well, not literally run) with it.
This woman is not me, but she’s in a chair just like mine.
Today I put myself back in LinkedIn. It just happened that I got another invitation from a persistent friend and I put myself in as a job seeker. The last jobs I had included doing medical insurance claims in optometry offices and I was pretty efficient at getting paid. If there were such an opportunity to work part time outside the home I’d love it: if you’ve read this for any time you know how sick of these walls I am. But if it were possible to work from home that would have its benefits as well. Either would get me back into a routine, I’ve learned I need a schedule as badly as my son with autism does, and if I can’t do one for myself, I sure can’t win the battle and get him into a routine. , there was talk of new laws regarding medical billing requiring a certificate. I don’t have one, my education was strictly on the job.
Community colleges offer the courses required for certification and there is a back to work component to Social Security Disability. It only makes sense they would rather make an investment to get someone off the disability rolls and back into the workforce, especially if training isn’t too expensive. Our local community college has a coupon in the weekly free paper advertising $50 off a class that costs $300. That wouldn’t exactly hurt either. So I have some research to be doing.
Part two will be about hubs’ and my trip to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, finally.