726: a worrying trio

February has not been good so far. Karta has Covid, my mother-in-law, Anne, had a stroke and we have a wedding to help arrange. I’ve managed to take a few weeks off work to help ease the burden on Rhona a little. Just being here is reassuring for everyone, especially my wife. Money is tight for another week or so, but there’s not much to be done about that. The company I work for had penalised me financially for following their rules and staying away from work when I was ill for a day just before Christmas. In fact, for one reason or another, I haven’t been appropriately paid since November.

I wake early most mornings with deep pain in my right shoulder. I have no idea what is causing it. I will continue to research what it might be, and I will ask a friend of mine who is a chiropractor what the problem might be. Anyhoo, I have time to try and work out what is going on with my shoulder. I can’t keep eating painkillers at the rate I do currently. I have to find a better way to manage it.

Being away from work is a relief. I’m not sure how much longer I can continue to work there. Being away from my family for most of the week is hard. One or two nights away would be bearable, but I cannot bring myself to work more hours in the shape of overtime. If anyone from work is reading this, please don’t think of this as a confession. I am just stating the facts about how I am feeling right now. So, I will spend the next couple of weeks looking after my family and looking at ways to make money locally in-between times. I know how much I need to bring home. There are options.