Let me start by saying I am most grateful that this week is OVER. It has been a whirlwind of emotions and activity, most of which was overstimulating and overwhelming. BUT, it ended in the most wondrous way and for that I am also very thankful.
On Monday I *thought* I was registered for a course I am due to begin this upcoming Wednesday and was waiting for further instruction from my vocational rehabilitation case manager, only to call the school and find out I was not registered. There was ONE spot left in the class. I rushed over to register myself which led to a flurry of other activities associated with registering but thanks to paperwork and needing certain signatures I had to wait, wait, wait.
Wednesday was a BIG SCARY day as I had to fight ‘The Man’ in an unemployment hearing regarding benefits I am no longer receiving – if that makes sense to you then you’re a step ahead of me. It was a telephone hearing for which I was as prepared as I could possibly be seeing as I had no idea how these things work, who all would be on the phone, or what kind of questions they would ask me. The hearing wasn’t until 4 PM and by that time I thought I might pass out from the level of anxiety I had reached. The proceedings were far more intense than I had imagined so I’m glad I didn’t know THAT in advance or I might’ve been even worse for wear than I already was! My former employer claimed that I did not call or show up to work for five days and they were forced to replace me when, in fact, they were informed the day before I did not come in and then provided a doctor’s note stating I would not be returning for a week. They lied about both notifications, bold-faced and under oath LIED. After stating that I had the text thread (date and time stamped) showing they were informed the day prior to my not coming in, she admitted receiving it. Still tried lying about receiving the doctor’s note, but I was allowed to call my husband as a witness (under oath) who declared he handed my supervisor the note directly and she thanked him for it. SO, I *think* I proved my case. Not sure when I will get the final determination but oh so thankful it’s over with!!!
Thursday I met with my case manager and signed the final case plan so that I can attend the course starting next week. Without going into too much detail (we’d be here all day), Vocational Rehabilitation is a state program who helps people with disabilities find or maintain employment – which includes the necessary education to be successful in said employment. By their standards, I am disabled due to my mental illnesses and therefore qualify for their services. This is something I am eternally grateful for as I have struggled in maintaining steady employment my entire adult life. I decided I want to get my certification as a medical assistant and Vocational Rehabilitation is paying for me to go through the training course. Once I pass the course and the national exam to become certified, Voc Rehab will help me find a job as a certified medical assistant! Not only that, but wherever I am placed my employer will be aware of my disability and it can’t be used against me if I have a mental health crisis on the job. In the past I have always had to hide my mental health issues from employers because of the stigma associated. I am really looking forward to working in an environment where I don’t have to hide who I am. That’s not to say I’ll go around advertising my situation, but I also might be able to reach out when I start feeling unwell rather than isolating myself and making it worse.
On Friday, with signatures having been signed and paperwork sent to the proper places I was able to finish the registration process for my MA course. I’m set to get my uniforms on Monday and my fingerprints taken for the background check on Tuesday, and then classes start Wednesday!
But the BEST part about Friday was an impromptu transatlantic dance party that occurred thanks to this wonderful thing we call the internet!!! Lizzi described it best in her thankfuls post this week, “We’re in our stockinged feet with glasses of booze, half-cut already, and we’re dancing and dancing up a storm, spinning around until we’re dizzy, waving arms and stamping feet to the beat (so far, Erasure, an amazing Beatles/Queen mash-up, and Stevie Wonder). We’re collapsing with laughter and gasping for breath as we boogie away all our ‘we-missed-out-on-BlogHer-and-aren’t-envious-no-really-we’re-not’ blues. We’re having so much fun, everyone in LA is envious of US. So there.” No really, I couldn’t have said it better if I’d sat here for hours playing with the words – she’s the best when it comes to descriptive language!
And here we are… It’s Saturday afternoon, I am really truly thankful this week is behind me, and while I am nervous to start classes next week I am also excited to embark on this new adventure!
Have you ever gone through an unemployment hearing? If so, how did yours go? Have you ever had a transatlantic dance party?! What’s your favorite song for rocking out? What are you thankful for this week?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!!