Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How may I help you?

Within the course of a few short months everything in our lives changed.
These changes came from my husband's diagnosis with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
The disease is terribly serious; to which there is no cure and so, it is natural that many
changes would result from such news. 
One of which is financial. 

From the day my hubby was diagnosed, he could no longer work.  
Losing the main breadwinner of the house
was a scary situation for us to be in.  While I was lucky enough to
be a homemaker for the last ten years; in a situation like this, 
having minimal recent work experience was a downfall. 
Combined with the current economy, we wondered if we would have a roof over our heads.
Scary, indeed!

There must have been a little star, up in the Heavens,
that twinkled it's good luck upon us, because
within a month I was able to land a full-time job. 
The job is customer service, and is
able to be performed from home. 
Someone up there, was definitely looking after us!

I have to say though, it is the strangest sensation to be helping someone on the phone,
cheery voice and all.
Full-well knowing that my husband is in another room, laying in our bed and very ill.
I, too, have called a customer service line,
sometimes in a great deal of distress. 
Now, I am the one taking those calls and I often wonder-
Would the caller's tone change if
they knew the situation I was in.

Maybe not. 
Either way, because of this experience, whenever I am on
the line with someone, the question does cross my mind...
I wonder- What might they be enduring in their lives after we hang up the phone?

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  1. Such a thoughtful post Christina. I am glad you were able to find a position and I imagine it must be very challenging to switch hats when you need to make phone calls. There are pros and cons to having the good fortune to be at home for your family full time. I think about them often as the kids get older. It must be comforting to you all that you can still be there in this time of need.

    Thinking of you and your family xxx

    Jeanne xx

  2. Dear Jeanne,
    I really feel lucky to have found this job and enjoy the work. The commute is great- unless you trip on your bunny slippers while walking down the hall ;)

  3. Dear Christina,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your husbands diagnosis. My dear neighbor has Pulmonary Fibrosis. I am part of a PF support group and have learned so much about the disease and have been blessed by some of the beautiful people who experience it. I pray for peace, and breath for you all. Let me know if I can help in some way. Pulmonary Fibrosis is not very well known and we need to gain awareness and support for it.

  4. Dear Elaine,
    Thank you for stopping by. I do appreciate all who come here. You are a very caring neighbor to learn so much about Pulmonary Fibrosis and your words mean very much to me. I will keep your neighbor in my thoughts and prayers! xoxo