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Update I: Work Related

May 31st, 2015 at 03:30 pm

It has been a busy May. I have been wanting to blog, but have been feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated.

Unfortunately, my boss' wife was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer mid-way through the month. Frown
It really came out of nowhere. She had some mild pain in March, but that had resolved. Then she was having shortness of breath at the end of April and the doctors saw some fluid accumulation in her chest. They started the string of diagnostics to rule things in or out (heart, lungs, infection etc..). When they drained the fluid and analyzed it it was full of cancer cells.

Naturally my boss has been a mess. To make it worse they are totally f***ked in the financial department.
(You might recall previous posts about poor money management and being in bankruptcy for the second time.)
He had to keep coming in to work, even while she was hospitalized, because he doesn't have enough reserve to even miss more than one day of income.
Really bad. And sad, sad, sad.

Due to these circumstances he didn't pay close attention to his bank account and bounced almost every check/charge that week - including paychecks...
Yeah. Frown

By the time I see that my paycheck bounced it was two days until payday again. Deposited that check and naturally my bank puts a hold on the funds until they know the check will clear. Arrgg!!

Received our third, post-diagnosis, paycheck this last Friday. It is in my purse right now.. I have decided to cash it (well, try to) tomorrow.

So yeah, as it stands he paid me cash for the bounced check and my fees associated with it.
The following check is tied up in Hold limbo until later this week.
The current check might get cashed tomorrow.. hopefully.
This is especially inconvenient since my income is the only income for my family right now.
(DH has applied for his disability and we are waiting for the first check.)

My co-worker, N, as had enough. She feels like now is the right time to move on - I think she is making the right move.
She has been thinking of moving to a lower cost of living area. She found a place this last week.
(A place where she will be renting *a house* for the same cost as she had been renting *a room* from her friend.)

I am very sad she is going. We have worked together for 13 years.
She is leaving pronto - tomorrow is the last day we will work together! Frown

Things are not feeling so great, or hopeful, at work right now.

8 Responses to “Update I: Work Related”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    So sorry to hear about your boss's wife.

  2. AnotherReader Says:

    Are you looking for another job? My guess is this guy will have to shut the business down before the end of June. Suppliers won't do business with him and employees are not getting paid either. What's left?

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    That's tough--for you and the boss and his wife! When my co-worker was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, it was the same. She melted away before our eyes in a matter of a month or two, and died within a few days of going into hospice care. Frown

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm so sorry things are not going well for you or your boss and his wife. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. livingalmostlarge Says:

    So sorry to hear the bad news for you and them. I assume you've been there 13 years as well and it's hard to see someone you know well going through such a rough time. Prayers and wishes for you all.

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    So sorry to hear this news, it's truly awful. We have a client who has a small business and he got diagnosed with cancer, and it was another case of "drop everything now". He got put in hospital however his long term prognosis was better, but it wouldn't have been if he didn't get operated on straight away. He has a long term employee who didn't know what the hell was going on. But once he was out of hospital business slowly returned to normal. Are there any duties that you and the other employees can do to not only help him, but ensure that the company is running as well as possible?

  7. snafu Says:

    What a dreadful situation. While I feel uncomfortable sounding mercenary, I would be very worried about both the impact on my credit rating and the stability of employment. In your shoes I'd be updating my resume, bio on LinkedIn, updating my network and looking at other possible employment opportunities. If the practice fails, do you know the process and your eligibility to quickly apply for unemployment benefits?

  8. frugaltexan75 Says:

    What a difficult and sad situation. {{{hugs}}} and prayers

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