I remember getting counseling at work to get a grip or I would be toast. Too many times absent because I told myself I just need to rest a while to allow healing to start.
Then it happened. I managed to show up a whole week on time. I remember being at the brink of tears in pain at the tasks I was doing. On one task, I flung a sheet of material on the table to lay it flat (normally an easy task), like a bed sheet and I heard and felt the most horrifying POP as my whole right arm lit up on fire!
I was sent to the clinic where I was given more ibuprofen and sent back to work after s couple of days! I did so but my whole bicep was complaining. One day after I finally was able to get some sleep, I overslept and scrambled to work but was 5 minutes late. That’s it. Done Deal. By lunch they had my last check made and brought me, my rep and my poor boss (who was stuck in the middle) into the HR room complete with a box of tissues. I got the ‘talk’, was walked out.
What am I going to do? You know the song 16 Tons? Another day older and deeper in debt… After 30 years, this is how it ends for me. I am not close to retiring age, can't collect my pension, or social security. That ‘paycheck’ that I was addicted to has come to an end cold turkey. $50+k worth of turkey!
Yet the light was starting to shine. We had my husbands retirement and rental income to get by on. but that is not enough. I have to find a solution. I discovered that having a home business could and would fit the bill.
I joined a few only to be disappointed. Then one sat well with me, and then one more. I also discovered a whole new world of colleagues who would not only give advice but help a budding entrepreneur get her wings! Yes, this can be done!
After a legal battle, I was granted surgery and as of this writing, I will start post-op therapy. Funny how they decided that the doctor WAS right years before.
Was the surgery worth it? O God. YES. HE knows what I am made of. It takes testing and sometimes pain to bring it to the top for us. I have learned to use the other side of my brain by having to use my left hand to do every-day things. This was the greatest challenge for me being right-hand dominate.
So to bring you to the present, I have been without the blasted job for 2 years now and I am loving it. Don’t get me wrong, there have been financial struggles, but I know where I must be now. If you have found yourself in a place where the ‘man’ has to let you go, look me up and lets talk about it.
See this video I put together, some of my best ideas now and future, funny. (it contains cr material complete with credits, but they may pull it anyway. Free advertising for them)