Definitely we will pray Patti. That you will get through this and the money will go further than it did before. and that you don't have a flare up.
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.
Oh Patti...am praying for you and know exactly how you feel. We took a big cut in income when the Hubby started to teach on-line instead of in the class room...Universities are pushing professors to do this as it saves them so much money. Didn't bother to tell us this lovely job comes with no benefits. I probably live in one of the most depressed areas of the country and my little town is nothing but 'for sale' signs as NY States taxes businesses to death and they have all moved out. Plus they put a big ole Super Walmart in so what ever little shop was still hanging on, is gone.
The economy sux...that's all I can say, but I know you are strong and will get through it.
Thinking of you, my friend.
As much as I want to believe that my husband will find work soon I must let you all know that our area is one of the hardest hit areas in Indiana. We are facing 18% unemployment, those are the folks that are actually collecting unemployment right now.. that doesn't take into consideration the folks who's unemployment benefits that have run out.. so realistically our unemployed rate is 26% right now. I'm in the business of economic development so I see the writing on the wall and its awful here.
Right now we wouldn't qualify for any community programs. I'm the one that they go to for that since I'm in the Chamber of Commerce business. I know just about all the rules and regs for that stuff.
Hubby visited his work place (as he must do weekly to qualify for unemployment). When he asked his direct boss how things were going, he just shook his head and said "not good". So, my gut feeling is hubby will be on unemployment till at least the fall and if the company survives they might not call him back. They have laid off 70 workers and that's almost half of their workforce.
Since he doesn't drive because of his eyesight that knocks about half of what ever is out there.. and trust me, there's nothing. Also having the problems he has with his hand knocks out the other half. But I don't think he would qualify for SSDI.. but I am encouraging him to go see a lawyer about it. We can't tap into our 401k till it becomes a total hardship.
I feel just terrible for him. He was really crushed by being laid off. This job was a big part of his life and its as if the rug was pulled out from under him. But he took the news waaaaay better than I did. I cried on again off again for 2 days.
I just keep taking my xanax to try to keep calm. Hopefully that will ward off any flares.
Thanks for listening/reading.
Patti... you are so right about unemployment statistics. They are determined by the number of people who apply in any given month, but once they are off and still don't have a job, they are no longer considered in the mix when they come up with the unemployment rate. The unemployment rate in this country is twice what the stats show.
I recently talked to a women whose husband showed up for work and their was an 'out of business' sign on the door...It was Oneida Silver. He was three months from retirement and the company went bankrupt so he lost all his 35 years of his retirement account. She is now working a 60 hour week at 64 years old so they can eat.
Sad, sad state of affairs!