We return this week to another week gone by without a job or a finalized diagnosis. God is giving me an opportunity to learn patience and to just wait on Him.
I had an interview for a really nice job on Monday. It is back in healthcare and doing some work that dovetails nicely with other work that I have done in the last few years. The only drawback is that it is at the edge of my commuting range. It would take about an hour to get there. I have heard that they like me, but continue to do interviews. I should hear sometime next week.
In the meantime, there are a couple of other opportunities that have surfaced. One is fairly local and the other may be primarily Work At Home (WAH) but would require regular trips to either California or Arizona. The details of the expectations of the WAH job are a bit sketchy still. We shall see. God is in control of these things, not me.
I still do not have the results for the biopsy done last week. My understanding is that the analysis is a two step process and is just time consuming. So, nothing new on that front either.
I also ran out of medical insurance on the 13th of this month. I am hoping to get the Cobra paperwork but, that has not appeared yet.
I would appreciate prayers for my attitude since being unemployed is always stressful for me and, when you add the pain on top of that, well…I am not always pleasant to be around these days.
Last week I was able to re-open my previous unemployment claim and yesterday I filed my claim for last week. No waiting week was required since I was re-opening a claim. However, since I was able to work one day that week, I will probably not be getting a check because I earned more that one day than my check for the week would have been. I’m actually fine with that.
I have already exceeded the required number job contacts for the week this morning so…let’s see what happens. I have also been contacted by several recruiters and been submitted for one position. We shall see what comes out of that activity.
Last week, I had another MRI on my legs and hips and we discussed the results with the surgeon who will be doing my biopsy. That procedure is scheduled for tomorrow and will hopefully provide the doctors with enough information to decide on a treatment plan for my legs. I would really like to get my mobility back again My wife had to mow the lawn yesterday. It was an odd feeling sitting in the house while she did that.
I have been taking some on-line training at Lynda.com in HTML. I want to also take the courses in XML and Adobe Framemaker and XMetal. This coursework should help me to get a job as a technical writer. I hope.
I am still working on the outline for my fantasy YA novel and am getting the urge to do some more short story writing. We’ll see what I have time for this week.
My contract at Premera (a Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance company) was shortened and the 30th of September was my last day there. Cranked up the job hunting machinery again. As is usually the case, most of the openings in my field, require skills that I do not have. Not to worry though, God has always provided something. I have faith that He will again.
Additionally, I am struggling with a physical issue in my legs. The preliminary diagnosis of polymyositis has been upheld by the early tests. More tests are scheduled for tomorrow and probably early next week. An additional MRI and tissue biopsy should finalize the diagnosis and direct the treatment plan.
I am also taking the time to take training in skills necessary to seek employment in the field of Technical Writing. So far, I have spent the better part of two days studying HTML.
I have not had much time to do what I have wanted to do. I want and need to work on my Night Lights story. I do continue to add bits and pieces to the outline. I am hoping to get more work done on that story very soon.