Alice and I received some disconcerting news two weeks ago. KinderCare is cutting back on her work hours even more.
Alice already was down to two hours a day, although she made herself available to work extra hours when asked to do so. Alice’s new schedule, according to the Hillsboro office manager, shows Alice “on call.” The only good part of this: Alice’s commuting expense is reduced.
To see how “on call” was going to work, I waited to report this development until two weeks had gone by. Now I can relate the result: No work at all.
This unofficial layoff is exacting a toll on my writing work. Whenever I have free time, I drive for Uber. That’s because the peak season for tourists has ended, and Uber’s continuing recruitment of drivers has saturated the market.
Some Good News for a Change
Alice appears to be chosen as a participant for a joint research aphasia project created by the University of Washington and Portland State University. We are awaiting an evaluation of Alice’s brain scans following her stroke, before the good news becomes official.
If she participates, Alice will undergo intensive therapy for six weeks that will target her speech aphasia five days a week. We are both excited and on edge about her prospects, but I am nervous about mounting financial obligations. I have become fearful, and it plays havoc on our relationship.
We will see what the future brings, and are grateful for the support by friends and family reflected on this website. We especially acknowledge the private contributions that lift our spirits beyond measure.