Ready for Summer

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Ready for Summer

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Hi all. Checking back in and saying hi.

money.svgNot much of an update.

My mom is still struggling a bit with her loneliness and she has a CAT scan mid-June that she is convinced will be bad (to check for cancer progression after she had a couple dozen radiation treatments due to her chemo no longer working). I am still struggling with finances and not able to really admit just how much to my husband because I’m feeling vulnerable and anxious and just don’t want to deal with it. He is frustrated.

My daughter is doing well, but last night we realized we gave her double her dose of lasix right as I was falling asleep. I gave her an early dose in the afternoon because we are trying to get her to sleep through the night without a gigantic, lake-sized leak in her bed, which often happens due to the lasix – so then my husband gave her another dose at her regular med time before bed. I panicked a bit, got up and called the pediatric cardiologist on-call at our transplant hospital. As I had thought, it was not a huge deal. But, the panic really made me sleep much worse.

I have a lot of financial fixing to do this summer. Trying to figure out a way to make some extra money while I’m off for the summer, but need to do it without incurring child care costs (as that usually just trades off with whatever I make). So, if any of you have ideas, online things that actually generate money, etc. I would love to hear them. I am a college instructor with what I consider to be pretty decent editing skills if that helps.

I am looking forward to getting back to following others and being more active on Caregiving.com now that I am out of school and can hopefully get a better grip on my schedule and life. It has not been an easy year thus far.

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Denise

Hi Sue! I am so glad to hear from you! You have definitely had a tough year. I hope the summer brings some R&R for you.\r\n\r\nI feel for you with the finances. Money struggles definitely lead to lots of really tough emotions. I know how hard it is to admit when the money problems pile up. Perhaps talking with your husband will be a way to get some help. I'm here as a resource, too. I've had debt that I've paid off and know what that is like. \r\n\r\nJust a thought about making extra money: I've used Care.com and SitterCity.com to get babysitting jobs. The sites also have pet sitters, errand runners and senior helpers. You may be able to take gigs at night or on the weekends or when your husband could babysit. In a pinch, I've found it really helpful to take what I could--it brought cash in and made me feel better that I was doing something (anything!) to improve my lot. \r\n\r\nYou also could look at elance.com and guru.com for projects and opportunities.\r\n\r\nI hope the Web Search Evaluator job works out. I've got my fingers crossed for you.\r\n\r\nPlease keep us posted as you can.

Sue

Thanks for the response Rosie! I just finished sending an application to be a Web Search Evaluator. It would only be 5 hours a week and I don't even know exactly what it would pay (but the blog for WAH jobs said it was \"good\" pay, so I feel okay about it), but it is flexible (any time of day is fine) and it sounds like something I would enjoy. So, we'll see how that goes. I will keep my eye out for the type of jobs you describe as well. Thanks again for the suggestions!