Mike’s nervous breakdown back in July led to job loss and his employer fighting us tooth and nail on paying unemployment. And even in the end, we still never saw a penny. Lucky for us we have loving parents and siblings who helped in any way they could. But this summer was also spent with social workers and filling out paper work for SNAP and worrying about how we were going to make it until Mike was working again.
Thankfully we were blessed with Mike getting a job quickly. And in the beginning it seemed like it was heaven sent. Mike was home at night. His anxiety and shaking had diminished. While I needed to work as much overtime as I could to get us caught up financially – we hoped it would be short lived and started to breathe again…even though it was just a little bit.
Then Mike received an email a month or two ago. His current employer had been bought out by a national security company. His job would be safe and as Mike went through the process of transferring to the new company, we figured it would be heaven sent.
Then Mike told me he would have to bid for his hours and station. I was optimistic until I looked at the bid schedule and what was available. It’s not good. Not even in the slightest. What makes things worse is Mike was unable to attend bidding today. A union rep was to bid for him and we still haven’t heard if and what he will get. In the end worst case scenario is that his hours are cut in half.
I’m trying to stay positive. I cling onto the fact that we’re both still employed. We have a roof over our heads and food in our bellies. The worst it means is I’ll have to continue to work as much overtime as possible and balance an even tighter budget. The money Mike will receive from financial aid once he starts school next month will help take the edge off and getting Mike through school as quickly as we can will mean better job opportunities for him.