Why is it that as soon as one stops earning, one gets hit by one hefty bill after another? The cold, long winter has added 250 euros on top of my usual annual bill, the rates need paying, I'm behind on the service charges on my flat, and now it seems this tennis elbow I've been lumbered with since March is going to cost me ca. 600 euros to sort out over the next 5 weeks. My GP thought it might be a good idea to refer me for specialist shockwave treatment, which isn't covered in my health insurance. A quick phone round has taught me that no health insurer will actually cover it, as it's considered 'experimental treatment'. However, I can't see that I've got much choice: I want my arm back to normal as soon as poss, and so I've booked my first session for later this afternoon. I also have to travel all the way to Z. for it, so there'll be regular travel cost to factor in as well.
Spent all day yesterday writing and rewriting a cover letter to go with my cv in order to apply for a job with the municipal debt relief programme, which I would love to secure. I don't think I got it exactly right, but I sent it off anyway, and now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed I've done enough to get invited to the assessment round.
Meanwhile, I've heard back from the agencies: they can't help as I'm too well-qualified, too experienced...too expensive, is what they mean. Oh well.