Hi, folks, today Bella came home, still looking for Olga but she settled on my knee and licked my swollen finger joints for a few minutes. Let her share my lemon muffin with custard and cappucino. Early days for both of us.
I had a phone call from the Job Centre yesterday. The Job Centre advisor wants to know how the work hunt is going and made some thinly veiled threats about 'not looking for work'. In the earlydays when my symptons began and I was waiting for medical appointments the advisor suggested I was swinging the lead, when told of the diagnose she was surprised and went quiet. I'm 63 years this month. My RA affects multiple joints and at the moment struggling a little with mobility. The meds are taking affect as is the indoor cycling. I struggle sometimes getting out of bed and dressing. I can no longer type at 60+ wpm, sitting for long periods is tiring and I still get tired due to mild anemia, not drinking enough Guinness. No-one is looking at my on line CV and having spoken to severalagencies, they contacted me, the possibility of getting work is remote. I am doing a recognised proofreading course with the offer of freelance work at the end, minimum pass mark required but so far no problems.
I didn't like the way the advisor spoke to me and felt her attitude unreasonable. I've been working since I was 18 years and made redundant last September. I'm sure that had the company not made redundancies I could have reduced my hours. I'm alone and the job was a big part of my life. I'd fill or address envelopes if asked but know I can't do certain types of jobs. Anyone else had a bad jobcentre experience and/or dealt with advisors who showed a total lack of understanding.