Getting Down and Dirty
Thursday morning critical issues came to light that totally changed the mood of things. While I obviously cannot provide specific details, let me just say that you have never lived until you witness two lawyers going head to head in a contest of wills and egos that will possibly result in lawsuits, and could end up in court. So much for a peaceful, orderly transition. I guess that was too much to hope for. Now the shit has hit the fan and all bets are off.
Friday was a blur of behind-the scenes conversations, stop-gap measures and proactive procedures, and as always non-stop phone calls and clients to contend with. We went home physically and emotionally drained from the stress and upheaval of the week. Eleven of us spent six hours on Saturday doing non-stop processing of forms to SSA and letters to clients, and this is just the tip of the iceberg of what will need to be done in the days ahead. My old arthritic fingers were not happy with that extra push, nor is my Fibro, but we got thru it. For the present time, the owner of our firm will serve as the lead attorney for scheduled hearings for the clients at our branch. The intent is to hire a replacement.
I have two co-workers; we need another, and have needed one for some time. I don't know if that will happen. I don't know if both co-workers will stay. I don't know if I will stay, but at the moment I am committed to helping with the transition, as long as our human limitations are taken into consideration and more is not heaped on us than we can possible do reasonably well. I really don't want to sacrifice my free health insurance, nor the vacation time I earn, to start all over somewhere else, unless it becomes a necessity for whatever reason. I am company loyal, and I shall try to be.
One of the big issues that has come up since Thursday is what we knew and didn't know. My counsel to my coworkers is to be honest, tell the truth and nothing but the truth. That way if we end up in court we won't have to worry about what to say. If you don't want me to know something, don't tell me. I keep confidences, and I can be trusted to keep them well. But I won't lie for anybody, ever.
We head into a new week with much trepidation, many balls to juggle in the air, many possibilities loom on the horizon. My plan? Take it one day, one hour, and even one moment at a time. Remember to breathe. Remember to encourage each other and work as a team. Tread softly, work hard, and don't let anxiety overwhelm me. At the same time, draw a line as to what is acceptable and stand firm. The rest is in God's hands, and I am fine with that. What will be will be. Stay tuned.
Please forgive me if I don't always return to respond to comments or comment on your blogs at the moment. I'm trying to conserve my energy as best I can, for the time being my priority is to take care of me. Rest assured that I am reading what you write, and will be out and around before too long! Thank you for your encouragement, patience, and understanding. Your support means a lot to me!