Your regularly scheduled forums are being interrupted for a rant.
About three weeks ago, I started having some serious trouble with my left knee. After working on it for a week, it was giving me enough pain I had to cancel working at the San Diego Festival. I rested it all weekend and it was feeling pretty good by the time I went back to work Monday. By the end of the week, it was killing me again. At home, I twisted it slightly when I stubbed my toe and really messed it up. I haven't been back to work since (I also had to cancel both weekends of working Big Bear Festival).
I saw my doctor last Monday. He sent me to get an MRI on the knee Tuesday. I got the word today that there were some tears in the knee and was referred to an orthopedic surgeon (I actually went through six looking for the earliest appointment possible). The earliest I can get in to see him is on the 30th so all I'm going to get for this week and until then is the 20 hours of vacation I have left. I have short term disability which kicks in after being off six consecutive days, pays 66 2/3% of my base pay (which means I'll lose my $0.50/ hr shift differential I normally get) and is retroactive in case of injury but it will take a doctor's statement to get that activated. Unless they will take a statement from my regular doctor, I'm out of luck until the 30th. Then my dear sweet loyal boss informs me today that she is going to hire a replacement for me which means once I'm over this, I won't have a job until one opens up. Such gratitude for all the hard work I've done. Oh well, I was planning on looking for a new job anyway.
I have enough money socked away to tide me over but just to be sure I went online today to double check it and found out there was a $908.00 unauthorized charge from a car rental agency in Alanta three days ago. Heck, I've never been further east than Memphis and that was about 50 years ago. I called my idiot soon to be former credit union. They said it could take four to six weeks to straighten it out. They said they would mail me the paperwork but I'm going in on Monday and take care of it. A couple of weeks ago, I had my debit card blocked upon reciving a new card (and they screwed that process up a couple of times) because the original card was among those compromised by the hacker attack of the credit card clearing house in Tucson earlier this year. If I find out the charge was against the blocked card, the biowaste is going to forcibly encounter the roto impellers! In any event, I'm opening some new accounts with a different financial institution next week.
Yes, I would definitely say this has not been a good day. Fortunately, it's almost over. You are now being returned to your regularly scheduled forums.