In a nutshell, my family is going thru job turmoil in all branches. With retirement looming in possibly just two years, my husband has reason to suspect that he's about to be in search of another job in order to free up space for someone else. It's a familiar tune, along with the one of being booted out because he just tries to do his job right, refusing to fall in with the good ol' boys. My father had the same 'problem.'
Meanwhile, our smart, conscientious son feels like he's stuck in a dead-end position with an insane amount of questionable paperwork and a boss too inexperienced to be effective and is pondering a switch to a completely different field. He's been in his current field three years.
Meanwhile, Part 2, our exceptionally creative son-in-law is in the middle of his first year in his career, and he's already wondering if he wants to do this any more. The stress level is horrendous, as is his exhaustion, thanks to frequent 12-hour days and work that continues when he drags home.
All three are in education: hubby in high school, son in middle school special ed, and son-in-law at an award-winning elementary school. My father was a career educator - elementary teacher and principal. My own teaching stint in a self-contained school for special needs students lasted just six years; I stopped only because we moved away. Since I was convinced I could never find a school setting so perfect, I chose to be a stay-at-home parent and volunteer in our kids' schools while hubby taught and coached.
I could easily get started on a rant about education, but I won't. The financial aspect of all this is obvious (who wants to hire someone so close to
Speaking of Sarah, her new year was bumped to the next level when she awakened earlier in the week with Bell's Palsy. She was able to get started later that day on the standard regimen of steroids and antiviral medication, but if anyone has helpful experience with this, please share!!! Her eye is patched to provide minimal comfort (as if there's such a thing in Bell's Palsy) and hopefully reduce the severity of the headaches, and she tries to avoid loud noises as much as possible because they're painful. Unfortunately, that includes barking dogs. They have two of 'em.
Her trooper self is still transporting her son to college, grateful that the schedule is a tiny bit easier this semester than last... in some aspects, anyway. This is when living halfway across the state is a bummer.
Prayers for Sarah would be greatly appreciated!!! I don't know when she'll be able to return to the computer long enough to post herself, but I'll pass on any news.
Happy weekend to all -