Saturday, February 07, 2009

Happy New Year!

Sorry it's taken me so long. Many things going on.

I quit my job on New Year's Day. About three weeks before, the CEO of the company I worked for, who had spent the last ten years being as demeaning, condescending, and patronizing as is humanly possible, finally hit a new low and told me that I had been "a charity case since I had walked in the door."

Everyone who knows him, and who heard this, thought it to be completely within the range of believeability, and the first word out of all of their mouths was "Napoleon."

So, Josephine has chewed about all the fun out of that gum possible.

So, as of 2009, I am DC HelpDesk and have never been happier.

The thing is, the technology has finally caught up with me, so I can do remote computer aid and repair from my recliner, on the days that I feel like doing that. Before now, it was necessary to be part of a large organization to have secure remote connection to other computers, but now it is possible to do this as an individual. Whoopee! I have a couple of customers already, and it's really very nice to be able to schedule around doc's appointments, naps and other things that life throws in my way.

This also means that we're having a little less income, but we're behaving on a budget and so far, so good.

We spent Christmas in Massachusetts, also our 25th wedding anniversary. We spent some time in Old Sturbridge Village, and with my family closer to Boston. It was VERY fun and actually the best holiday we've had in years.

I'm now helping with another PH support group in our area, with the inability of the former leader to continue, so planning for two isn't much different than planning for one.

My PH is actually doing rather well. My doc told me that I could use oxygen "at my discretion," so I still sleep with it, and use it in the gym, and later in the day when I'm tired, but not much else. I now own my portable concentrator, due to the changes in Medicare and the insurance companies following suit, so this will actually make travelling much easier for me. My oxygen concentrations were getting so good that the insurance company was actually questioning whether they would pay for my oxygen any more, so now that I don't have to worry about them, I can just cut loose. Also, the FAA has changed the rules so I don't have to notify the airline that I'll be using the concentrator, effective in March.

If I am very lucky, I will get to accompany The Captain on a business trip to Vancouver, BC in March or April, and I will be very pleased to do so, since my pal Jas lives nearby on Victoria Island, and we meet up, chat and do girly things. Like margarita therapy...

More later...

5 comments:

phtony said...

Just wow Ellen....what a nut case that guy was.

I hope this is a better thing for you. I know I don't work, but even if I did the stress I lost when I left my job was monumental. I truly believe it will add years to my life. Glad you recovered so fast. Good luck with the new business :-)

See you in chat sometime.

T

Jen said...

Well..It is about Damn time....
Glad you are enjoying the new Business:)) But I am sure you are a hell of a boss...LOL..That Boss was a total ASSHOLE!! But you know that...Right???

So happy the Inogen is yours:)) I know yiou were worried the insurance may not pay..so that was a blessing:))

Well You & Jas better not have too many Margaritas..You know what happens when Jas has a few??LMAO...

Take care
Love & Hugs,
Jen

ali said...

Oh My, Intergalactic PH Blogging Day is over?!

Well, I am glad that it's exit ushered in a new "job" for you. I am also very glad your PH is doing so much better.

Keep up the good work!

Merle said...

You go girl....

You are an inspiration

SMILE -- it's contagious

Teddybear said...

I am so glad to hear you are doing better PH wise. Glad working at home is going good. I hope you and Jas can get together and have a good time. Blessings Deb