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Working during dh's illness [message #820700] Wed, 18 October 2017 07:20 Go to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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Now that dh is ill, he is no longer working. We had planned on that income to cover expenses. He recently applied for, and is getting, social security, but it is only about 75% of his previous income. So I really need to work part time to cover our expenses.

I have been working one day a week at a local museum, mostly for fun, and subbing at my old school occasionally. But now, our schedule (and my ability to be at work) is ruled by the hospital. Yesterday, for example, they called to say the visiting nurse visit for iv fluids today was not yet approved by insurance, so I need to bring dh in at 9 am for his iv. I was scheduled to sub, so I had to cancel the sub job. I really don't like being unreliable, but I have to put first things first!

The museum closes in the winter, so that job will end till spring. Meantime, they are very caring and concerned about dh, and can be flexible if I need to leave suddenly or cancel my day, and they are willing to work around my schedule. That is a blessing, and I will continue there in the spring.

Subbing is a different story, and really not as flexible. I just can't walk out of a class with 20 teenagers if there is an emergency, and I hate to cancel planned jobs so they have to find a sub for a sub. Confused

Our local library (which is in walking distance of our house) has an opening for an aide 10-12 hours per week. Flexible hours, very friendly staff, and they do great children's programming and want help with that. I think I am going to apply. I am hoping if I get this job that I can have a schedule that will work around dh's chemo, let me continue at the museum come spring, and bring in sufficient income to allow us to be financially comfortable.

Now, I have to write a resume. I haven't done that since 1984! Wish me luck!


Lisa T.
Re: Working during dh's illness [message #820701 is a reply to message #820700 ] Wed, 18 October 2017 08:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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Also, what about something like VIPKID or transcription, where you can work as much as you like?


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: Working during dh's illness [message #820704 is a reply to message #820700 ] Wed, 18 October 2017 12:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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Sherry, what is VIPKID?


Lisa T.
Re: Working during dh's illness [message #820705 is a reply to message #820700 ] Wed, 18 October 2017 15:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Praying for the Lord to make the opportunity very clear to you.


Leigh
Tennessee

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

~~Benjamin Franklin

Re: Working during dh's illness [message #820708 is a reply to message #820704 ] Wed, 18 October 2017 19:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Teaching English to Chinese kids remotely...a bunch of homeschool moms do it and seem to love it...you need a four year degree, it sounds like.


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: Working during dh's illness [message #820714 is a reply to message #820700 ] Fri, 20 October 2017 10:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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My first thought was something from home, too. I was a virtual assistant and that was extremely flexible. You could even do some stuff while waiting at chemo. The hard part is finding clients. But, I know there are websites where you can "bid" on jobs. I'll see if I can find the links if you are interested.


Stacy, mom to 12-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

"Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger." Hans Christian Andersen
Re: Working during dh's illness [message #820717 is a reply to message #820700 ] Fri, 20 October 2017 14:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I am hoping to have a job that is more social and allows me to get out of the house. New Hampshire winters are very confining as it is. Add the hospital schedule to that and it can be pretty depression-inducing. It isn’t just about money...it’s also about my sanity.

I think the library job will likely be flexible enough for me. I am compiling a list of friends who are willing to spend a couple of hours with dh or take him to chemo if necessary, and we ae hoping to get the visiting nurse services in place. I think having those things will allow me to work 10-12 hours a week without neglecting dh.

It’s a small library (one librarian, one assistant, two aides) so I am betting in an emergency (hopefully there are none...but it’s certainly possible) they would be able to manage a few hours without me. They do have some volunteers and subs, as well.


Lisa T.
Re: Working during dh's illness [message #820780 is a reply to message #820700 ] Thu, 02 November 2017 08:44 Go to previous message
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I haven't checked in here in a while--I'm so sorry to hear of your dh's illness and the trials that go along. It looks like you're on the right track with work. I struggled last yea when dh was out on disability so long...Having me work more than part time simply wouldn't work for so many logistical reasons.

I'm praying you find a good solution, and that his treatments go as smoothly as they possibly can.


Blessings,
Lisa R.
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