I’m not certain if I’ve ever written about this but last July the Hubby slipped off the second rung of a ladder at work and landed hard on his foot, he hurt it badly and has been in therapy for his foot ever since. He’s been on modified duties at work ever since.
A couple of weeks ago his therapist discharged him from traditional therapy because he just isn’t improving and they wanted to make space for someone that could be helped by therapy.
He met with his doctor on Monday to discuss his options, and the doctor said that he is now on permanent disability with WSIB and that he will need electroshock and/or surgery but that even those treatments may not make any marked improvements on Hubby’s foot. The doctor also told Hubby that he probably will never be a professional driver again, which means a career change and since he’s already trained in computers he’ll probably have to go back to that. WSIB will help with training, if he has no other marketable skills.
The only problem with computers is that it pays shit, there’s no stability in network administrating, which is what he’s trained in.
It’s all done by annual contracts, he won’t make anywhere near the $40,000+ that he earns as a driver. It’s the whole reason he got out of that line of work.
He also hasn’t worked in computers for eleven years, which means that he’s now highly under trained. Will he get help with the retraining? Who knows.
He spoke to work to see if there is anything he can do there, I know that there is. He can keep doing the dispatching job that he’s been doing since July. The only problem there is that the other two dispatchers don’t want him doing it because he’s more efficient with the computer aspect of the job, which is only to be expected with his background in computers.
The new head of dispatching was talking about making the Hubby a dispatcher a couple of months ago but he had a meeting with the other two, and Hubby had to cover for them since they all left the office to do it. At the meeting the two dispatchers pushed for Hubby not to be hired on as one of them.
(See how gossip in the workplace gets around by the way, how the hell does Hubby know all of this since he wasn’t a fly on the wall at the meeting? Everybody told him who was present at the meeting other than those two dispatchers.)
So now we’re waiting to see what the company offers up, see what WSIB comes up with and then we’ll see how things go with the therapy and surgery.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the therapy and surgery will get him back to close to normal again. I’m scared that he won’t be able to ever walk with us again without being in pain. That’s a huge fear of mine right now. But I can’t help being freaked out about the loss of income and job and hoping that the doctor will be wrong.