Well, I finally found a job after two years of searching, with a break for TLIF surgery in 2010. I was laid off on Feb. 2, 2009 and am starting my new job on Feb. 2, 2011.
As it turns out, it's a great situation. I'm going back to work for a company I used to work for about 12 years ago (in a different position) and am lucky enough that when you go back, you pick up seniority where you left off when you left. So, because I was there for five years, I begin with four weeks of vacation. Not bad at all.
Then, there's great health insurance for hubby and me at a very reasonable rate, STD, company-paid LTD, a profit-sharing retirement plan, 401K and 11 holidays. It's about 15 minutes from my house and the hours for everyone are only 7.5 hours a day, but paid for 8. They also offer flex hours, so I can choose what hours I want to work, probably 7 to 3. The area I'll be working in also has nothing but windows that overlook a golf course.
Because few people leave, I still know a lot of the people that work there so I'm not going somewhere where I don't know anyone. In fact, one of my best friends works there and she's the one who referred me - so she gets $300 because I got hired.
The work itself is going to require some lifting (luckily not as much as the job description said), but my surgeon said my lumbar is completely stable and to wear my post-op brace when I have to lift something to protect the levels above and below my fusion. The lifting won't make the problems in my cervical any worse. The job also includes moving and sitting, which I can pick and choose when I do what - it's part computer work and part moving around.
I'm very excited to be back in the workforce, going back to this company, and plan to grow the position to a higher level, so I have a lot to do. I've grown so sick of being at home - it's not like I've been able to go out and do a bunch of fun shopping, no money for that. But I can now afford to get injections in my cervical area and see if they make me feel better.
So, I just wanted share my good news with my spiney friends. I'm ready for the pain that I'll be experiencing the first few weeks to a month as I get used to my new job, but it'll be worth it. I feel like I've been blessed with this opportunity and am anxious to get back to the land of the living.
Please excuse me if I'm not around as much as I have been, it might be difficult for me to get on here much as I get used to the new routine and deal with the repercussions of the new work and schedule.
Thanks for listening - I'm just very excited.