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Mum's going into hospital

I'm starting to put on weight again. The trousers that fit so perfectly last December, are starting to feel a bit tight, and those that fell off me 8 months ago, although they're still too big, are not that big anymore. Pretty soon I'll have to decide whether or not to go back on a diet again...I know I should (bye-bye chocolate!), but I don't feel like it right now.

I may have mentioned that my mum has been hiccoughing continuously for the last year and a half; a condition that has been driving her insane and has had her doctors scratching their heads for over a year...until that is, they found out the cause through an MRI scan. She was informed that she had a small tumourous growth on or in her spine, pressing on her diaphragm, causing it to spasm, and that they were going to have to operate on her, and soon, before it got any bigger and caused her to have even more problems (paralysis of the legs being one of them). She has now been given a date for her surgery to take place: August the 25th. Next Monday. The same day I'll be busy overseeing Dad's move...but as soon as all his furniture's been carried in and he himself has been settled, I'll be off to the hospital to see how things have gone with her. God, I hope she'll sail through it. I'm not ready yet to lose my mum, and I don't know if I'll ever be.

Looks like I'm going to have to take care of Apie while Mum's in hospital, too.

ETA: I'm back from the interview, and I didn't get the job. We had a really good chat about art, archaeology, and travels in the Middle East -me, the hiring manager and the department head- but when it came to the job on offer, they'd already made up their minds that it wasn't for me. My 'success stories', the recent additions to my cv my outplacement consultant advised me to make, had left them in too much awe of me. I've apparently shown far more initiative in past positions than is desirable in a lowly civil servant.


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Aug. 20th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
Good Luck with you interview I'm sure you'll make a great impression!

I hope your mums operation goes well I'll keep her in my thoughts on Monday xx

Aug. 20th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
I'm sure you'll make a great impression!

Too great of a one, I'm afraid. Apparently, I've shown too much initiative and drive for them to feel comfortable to take me on.

Still, it was a chance to get my message across, that I can be a fantastic asset to the right employer.

And thank you for your good wishes!
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Sending best wishes for your Mum.

As for apparently shown far more initiative in past positions than is desirable in a lowly civil servant. Did you ask them what they could offer you instead?
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yep, I did! they said they didn't have any other positions open at the moment, but they did ask to keep my cv in case something came up...but I'm not holding out much hope. I think it's better that way.
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the job... how sad is it when you're too good for a job! *Shakes head*

In regards to your mum - sending nothing by good thoughts and prayers.
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 20th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Good thoughts for your mum.

It's an interesting situation when one is overqualified for the available job positions! "You're just too good for us, I'm afraid." But they may have something suitable in the future, so it wasn't wasted at least!
Aug. 20th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Indeed! I really enjoyed chatting to these gentlemen about their previous postings to the Middle East; having spent some time there myself in the past, it felt good to reminisce with people who have a mental map and image of the region when you tell your stories -- and I'm sure I left a good a good enough impression of myself for them to remember me if when a more suitable job comes on offer.
Aug. 20th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oi. I'm sorry about everything that's going on with your mum and dad. I hope everything goes smoothly with her surgery.

Too bad about the job, but it sounds like it was good practice and you made a good impression.
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not too disappointed about not getting the job. It's funny, they said that after meeting with me, they were so convinced I could do it with my eyes closed and my hands tied behind my back that it would pain them to offer it to me!
Aug. 20th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
*hugs* It sounds like you've got plenty on your plate.

It's too bad that they had already made up their minds before the interview, but I imagine that the qualities that left them in awe will make you indispensable to someone else.
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
It does seem like everything has to happen at once, doesn't it? But in a way I'm glad my folks are going through their respective physical/emotional upheavals, when my time is basically still my own to dispose of. See? not having to go in to work does have its benefits!

Soooooooooooooooooooo -- did you get the kitty?! (off for a sneaky peek at your journal)
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Heh. Not yet. It's almost 2 pm here, and I'm meeting Tyson at 5 to go over and pick her up (assuming that she's still there). *crosses fingers*

To be honest, I'm not getting much done today. I'm too excited.
Aug. 20th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Mom's going into hospital
So sorry about the job interview, that just means that there is something better for you out there.
Also sorry to hear the news about your mother, I will keep her in my
Aug. 20th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Mom's going into hospital
Thanks, A! I'm sure Mum will be alright -- she's got the right attitude at least: she can't wait to wake up in recovery and find she's rid of the hiccoughs! She's utterly oblivious to what a risky procedure it is that they're proposing to perform; all it takes is one slip of the knife and she'll never walk again, or worse.

And yes, I do believe there is a better job out there waiting for me, and it won't be long before I find it!
Aug. 20th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry the job interview didn't go as planned. There will be a better job coming. I'm sure of it.

I'm sorry to hear of your Mother's diagnosis. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Aug. 20th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
There will be a better job coming. I'm sure of it.

I'm sure you're right. Just now I found an e-mail in my inbox asking me if I would be interested in a position at an insurance company; and a second one inviting me for an interview with a bank. It's amazing how much response one gets from the simple expedient of posting one's cv online.

The guy at the Job Centre this afternoon told me that I'd done very well in being offered 4 interviews in 6 weeks, when I thought it was a meagre score. He said I deserved a pat on the back for that, and that's cheered me up quite a bit, I can tell you. It seems I'm not a failure at this job hunting malarkey, after all.
Aug. 20th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to think playing dumb might be the key to success. How sad is that?
Aug. 20th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Hope your Mum will be okay!
Aug. 20th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Very. Perhaps I should rewrite my cv again. for the benefit of certain employers: just list my name and telephone number and leave the rest blank.

As to Mum and her surgery: I think she will be. She's optimistic about the outcome, and besides, she's tough as old boots anyway.

Edited at 2008-08-20 10:20 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Well poop. I customize my resume for everyone, if that helps.

And all my good wishes are with your mum.
Aug. 22nd, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)

And I do, too -- but there's no escaping from that fact that I'm a university graduate, I'm afraid...
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