Friday, March 16, 2007

Some Observations

(In writing this, I may sound like a pampered poodle, if so, please forgive me!)

One of the "blessings" of being unemployed is learning how difficult it really is to navagate "The System." All modesty aside, I am a pretty bright guy. But the process of trying to access the system is totally nuts!

I didn't know about medical help until I was on the phone to find out why I couldn't get unemployment. Then I was told that it appeared I didn't make ENOUGH to qualify. I was shocked! I needed to make more money so I could get some support because I didn't have a job.

I also am thankful for my therapist. What he did is probably not conventional, but he got on the phone and called my MD to get my meds adjusted. I truthfully don't know if I would have called. When depression hits, people do (or not do) weird things.

I hope that I will be able to use this experience to understand those I encounter who are trying to navagate the system. It is a weird system and I am getting a first had look at it.

Thanks for the kinds words and prayers from you all.


Anonymous said...

As you observe, the system is whacked. People don't make enough to get help because they don't make enough! Our mistake, Benton, was that we were not smart enough to be born wealthy and privileged.

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you are feeling better . Just so you know, the system in Canada has a lot of red tape and wacky rules as well.