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Well.....I have good news and bad news. I ROCKED the interview!! If they don't hire me, it just wasn't meant to be. I have to start with the beginning of my day, whch was an appointment with a "cornea specialist". This was NOT good news. Apparently my cornea is "melting" at an "alarmingly high" rate. This doc says short of corneal transplant he does not think he can restore my vision in my left eye to anything close to 20/20. His bigggest concern was the cause-he does not think it is my sarcoid! He thinks something else is causing my immune system to attack my soft tissue, but he cannot begin to know what...so he wants me to see a rheumatoid (SP) specialist. Right now his biggest concern is stopping the melt and keeping it in a "holding" pattern until we can figure out the source $$$$$$. UGH...I got all of this great news right before I went to my interview. All of your good vibes were with me though...I wore my RL Black wool slacks and a nice tailored deep wine colored (power) dress shirt. black heels.....very little makeup-I figured the eye doc would have that all over me anyway- The first interveiwer was tough...but I had it covered. I was confident without trying too hard. Made sure I kept eye contact...even though I probably looked like I just dropped some blotter!! LOL I laughed...talked about being part of a team, talked about the pride I take in a job well done, and how much I love to meet, help, and work with different types of people. I have a servant's heart...my mom used to say. I took all of your advice and I think it may have worked. My second interveiw was with my actual "team". They loved me...I think...the interview quickly turned from interview to girl talk,..music, clothes, kids....they were very nice. Met the BIG BOSS...firm habdshake-eye contact.(dave)
Now I really need help! I don't know what to do!! OK...here's the deal. I have ins. where I work now....where I can't work now because of my eyes. This company would like me start Monday(if hired) insurance would not pick up for 30 days. I pay for short term disability where I am now. I did inform new CO. that I was currently having eye problems that affected my job now only because I am held to higher standards with Certification. For instance, my legal limit is .05...not .08. eyesight must be 20/40 or better...not 20/50. I am worried that if I am offered and take this new job, not knowing what is causing this corneal melt, if I need to see Doc's and take time off then I lose the job AND i've given up rights to disability with the county. I know this is all over the place. I want this job SO bad...the specialist scared the beejeezus out of me ........oh, David I love the Gardenia....thanks. HELP! What do yall think??? Should I stay where I am and take disability, or just GO FOR IT and know that God has presented this job to me and he will make sure I keep it. I"M SOOOO CONFUSED ...but feeling the love from my PW fam...thank you all.....don't even know if I have the job yet and I'm trippin'-sheesh...and HOuse isn't new for 3 WEEKS. I'm havin' a heartastroke!!!! any advice would be appreciated!
Marl


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simma Marley..you are all over the place..but I would be too..let me see if I got this straight, cause you are reminding me of..me.

k, if you want this job, GO FOR IT! There is a medical portability law, that you can pay for one month, under COBRA when you change jobs..double check that..or a short term since its just 30 days..you don't even have to wait that long for House now do you?

Its easy for any of us to say. You won't be happy in the old job. You have more money in the new one, and only thirty days to be in a holding pattern right?

Okay re: the right to take time off for disability with your eye. Do you have the ability to shift swap? Is there a surgery that close in your future that you would need to take time off? If so..then your decision becomes harder because you might know going in that you would be leaving for an extended period of time for recovery.

Sheesh. This isn't easy. I think I covered it all...add more if I missed anything, k?
Big hugs..and pray.




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Hey Kat-yep-you covered it in a nutshell-way better than I did....I did consider Cobra. One month shouldn't hurt me too bad(I hope $$) I'm pretty sure that state law requires that they offer that to me, and I will get some severence if I am forced to leave due to my "melting cornea"...Sounds like a horror movie...a B one at that! LOL. And yes, my concern is that I will have to miss work at the new job, but from speaking with other cornea transplant patients, it's a fairly easy, outpatient surgery.
They still are unable to find the reason that my immune system is attacking my cornea, so I guess until they do, surgery is out, and I just have to deal with the vision loss.
I'm really trying to "let go and let God" because I haven't been officially offered the job yet. I was up front about it in my interview, in a very minimal way. I am planning to just be honest if they offer me the job. I think I'll tell them that I will make every effort to do Dr. app. during lunch, or work extra hours in am or pm to make sure I am getting the work done that needs to be done. I hope that they will be honest with me also. I am scared to lose the option of disability only to start a job and have them turn harda** on me. I HATE missing work. I'm still working my two other jobs....no complaints yet-LOL. Thank you for your input...it really simplified my thoughts. Thanks for the prayers-I NEEd 'em!
Marley


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Hey Marley-
I think that ya shouldn't bring up the "possible time off" for eye problems unless they point blank ask you- then you say I'm not sure right now, but I will make every effort to take care of my responsibilities "IF" I need to take time off.

It might not even be a big deal and you don't want to give them doubts about your availability. I understand that you want to be honest and up front, but just be careful to NOT fess up to something that might not even be that big of a deal--ya know? Eye surgeries tend to be out-patient with really easy recoveries....and it is in one eye? or was it both?

You know everyone here is rootin for you and you are definitely in MY prayers!

God's abundant blessings for ya in 2007!
Sandi Smiler


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Hey Sandi- I don't know WHAT I'm going to do yet. I did get in pretty quick with the rheumatoid Doc. See him this MON. That's unheard of around here....specialists usually take months! So I'm a little freaked that something is REALLY wrong. As far as the job goes, I didn't hear anything today, so who knows. For some reason I'm feeling very alone today and overwhelmed.,,just not knowing what's going on I guess. First time I've ever wondered what would happen to my kids if something happened to me. I have fought So hard for SO long just to make sure they have food to eat...I guess it's just a lot to process, and not being able to work has given me too much time to think.....being single sucks. Not having someone just to telll me it's gonna be ok sucks.....because I'm not sure - and it would be really nice not to have to call 10 people to find a ride to the Dr.because I can't see - but to have someone who wants to take me because they're worried about me and just because they want to be there. I have good friends, but they have lives too. Selfish...I know.....I don't miss my ex by any means, but I miss being a family. and the comfort that that affords.
Let me get off the pity podium,
Marl


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Keep breathing Marley..."Easy does it"...Like I mentioned, I am just an ol' breed indian, Not Christian, But you are surrounded by angels...someone once asked Mother Theresa, "how she accomplished so MUCH in her life?" her resonse, "Just do the thing in front of you"...as far as the "Pity Podium" Gosh excuse YOU for being human! You have the right to feel sorry for yourself. The whole family is rooting for you!!! heck, if nothing else, I will donate my right eye, since MY left IS fixable, problem is, it really makes people uncomfortable, because they TRY not to stare at an obvious glass eye, but can't help it,...there are all kinds of new eye procedures going on, even for totally blind folks, so stay on the side of optomism, side's Doc's sometimes will give worse case scenario just to cover their butts,...after surgery #1. (Anterior Facet) surgeon said if I did not have secondary surgery withen a year, I would likely end-up in a wheelchair! withen a year!...never did have surgery number 2. and it is like 5 years later, I do not use a cane, and with the Hydro, my walking is NOT compromised. (not too compromisedSmiler....
EVER THANG GONNA BE JES FINE!
David






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BTW: My Shaman once told me, every time I refuse
an offer of help, it is an act of selfishness on my part. Do not deprive people the opportunity to help you, loosley parapharsed by William S. "The quality of mercy is NOT strained, it falleth from heaven as the gentle rain, upon the breast below, it is TWICE blessed, it blesseth he who gives, and he who TAKES" (Merchant Of Venice"
David






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David-I believe YOU are an angel-a hippie angel, but angelic nonetheless. That quote was beautiful. It's funny because it is a hard pill to swallow;that pride. Something I read today reminded me of just what you said...focus on today. It is really the only REAL guarantee any of us have....the present...right here and now. Thanks for those kind words....still waiting on a critique on my rhubarb/brunhilda poem...
Thanks Dave....thanks for making me smile and thanks for seeing me when I feel invisible.(and with one eye, at that!)
Marley


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Hi Marley! I totally agree with Sandi not bringing up the "time off" thing. Also, my daughter had a cornea transplant and she was only off one day. Granted, weeks of four times/day eye drops followed but the transplant itself was outpatient, no pain and immediate recovery. I have to ask....are you going to quit your other 2 jobs or keep wearing yourself out? None of my business, sweetie but sounds like you're burning the candle at both ends. This is off topic but where have I heard that quote before, David! Love it. Wink


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Hey Janie- I was hoping this was going to be my chance at some normalcy...what's that?? Seriously, I was hoping this job would allow me to have only one job. I know it would be weird for a while, but I just thought it would be nice. Now that my kids are teens, I wanted to maybe begin a "career" insted of being a handyman....woman. We'll see. Thanks for the info on the transplant. doesn't sound too terrible. I'll just be glad to find the source of the problem...and yes, I tend to burn at both ends and sides and anywhere else I can light up!!! Wink You guys are awesome! I did finally make it to the courthouse today to file "failure to Pay" support on my EX. That's a whole other story that I will post in a bit- you're just not going to believe my luck, and how well our tax dollars work NOT! Post again soon-
Marley


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