God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen.
--Reinhold Niebuhr
"Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But, if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."
---Muhammad Ali

"We are driven to create at this deep wordless level of the soul because we are all fashioned in the image of a God who is an Artist." - Michael Card, Scribbling in the Sand.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Looking at possible layoffs. Well we got the word today that the University has to cut the budget 18% this yr. So the first step is they are going to offer a 1 yr buy out for retirement purposes and see how many people take them up on the offer. Then they are freezing pay raises….of course the President just got a $400,000 pay raise in December while the rest of us got nothing. I would think that $400,000 would do a good job towards letting all of us keep our jobs or giving us a small raise.

And of course then the layoffs start. I have almost 13 yrs but that may not be enough to keep me at the University. I hope and pray it is, I take some very expensive meds for my Rheumatoid Arthritis and to be honest I’m not sure who would hire me in this day and age with the medical problems I have. Even though they aren’t allowed to discriminate with as many layoffs as the University has done in the last year and the fact that our economy in Appalachia is cruddy! I doubt I would find a job very easily! Damn Damn Damn is how I feel.

The stress of this I know will start my RA flaring, it already has been with just all of the weather changes. I spent most of yesterday in bed or on the couch because I hurt so bad.
And I know that I’ll have to deal with depression with all of this!

Oh well lets think happy thoughts, I might be able to talk my Doc into signing for disability if I see they are going to boot me that would mean my insurance would continue and I’d make a little bit every month. I would still probably have to declare bankruptcy but at least I would have a small bit of money!


liway5 said...

Holy Crap Jane....! I sure hope you don't lose your job! $400,000.00 is a lot of money. I'm surprised someone hasn't raised a huge stink about that! That's rediculous..(isn't it??). Anyway...I'll keep you in my prayers. Hopefully you'll know soon and the stress will be allieviated! Take care of yourself my friend. I'm always here to lend an ear...and you know I support you 100%!!

Michelle said...

Hang in there Jane! I know the waiting is pure torture :-( You know I am praying your job is safe.