Last night I went to the doctor. I have benign positional vertigo. Assuming the bloodwork shows nothing else wrong, that is. I think, like a lot of doctor speak, it sounds like, “we don’t know why you’re dizzy so here are some fancy words”. It turns out there are crystals in your ears that can get out of position and that can cause vertigo. Aside from a certain kind of maneuver, you just have to wait for things to settle down. I was worried about having to miss a lot of work because it’s sort of taxing being in front of the computer all day. It turns out, I needn’t have worried.

I asked for a meeting at work to go over a bunch of stuff that wasn’t going smoothly. They pushed off this meeting for weeks before finally scheduling it for today. When I showed up, I didn’t even get a word out of my mouth when they said they were outsourcing my job and my services were no longer needed. Of course, they said it pained them to come to this decision. Right. They give a crap about their employees. So I’m now on a permanent vacation and I have nine weeks (the length of the severance package) to find another job. Or maybe Lion’s book will get published and there will be less pressure to find a job. I can be his manager.

I’ve already started looking for jobs. I guess I need to update my resume first. The company will be happy to supply me with letters of recommendation.

Lion asked me how I’m doing after all this. I wasn’t upset. I wasn’t sad. Maybe it just hasn’t really hit me yet. I do know I’d like to punch the office manager in the face. Of course, I’ve wanted to do that for a very long time.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your vertigo and losing your job. Talk about a double whammy. I can’t help with the job situation but my wife also occasionally suffers from vertigo and I can say that with repetition the positional exercises work, especially if you do them at the first sign of distress. We never travel anywhere without a copy of the instructions.

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      Thank you. The doctor gave me the instructions. I just tried it and I’m not sure if it did anything yet. I know it’s not a quick fix so I’ll try them again in 24 hrs.

  2. Sorry to hear about your job situation. I was recently laid off from a position that I had thought was going to be great (had only been there nine months). My best recommendation is that while the severance is paying out you make it your full time job to find a new job. As a qualified admin, your experience should be somewhat in demand. Start with your state’s Workforce Services department and gonfrim there. There are jobs out there. Hang in there!

  3. Sounds like losing the job may be a blessing in disguise if you have wanted to punch the office manager.
    My wife received a layoff notice a few months ago. She was thrilled, early retirement! Then she got another notice that it was a mistake. This company can’t manage it’s way out of a paper bag!
    Good luck with the vertigo. “What a drag it is getting old”

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    One of the things the big boss said was that the job market is in my favor right now. Whoopeeee! Does that mean if jobs were scarce, they would have kept me around? Nah. I’ll update my resume and get to work looking for work.

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