Sunday, March 2, 2014
Crunching the numbers, and closing out on February
I've been proactive, however, since learning of my upcoming, unpaid medical leave, which should start in a few days (depending upon any work cancellations due to storms, which equal an additional paid day of work this next week).
March is a much, much different situation. My monthly income will drop approximitly 87.9%. That just plain HURTS. At this point, I am scheduled to return to work on 3/26 but I return to the surgeon on Tuesday, and am hoping that I will get cleared to drive. I will also discuss getting clearance to return to modified duty at work, if he feels it is at all realistic. My recovery is of utmost importance, however, and I will follow the surgeon's recommendations to the letter.
Note that some bills MUST get paid in March: rent, utilities, some food, life ins, hair cuts, one kid is desperate for pants, cat food, newspaper, gas for my car by the end of the month I anticipate, trash, the cleaning service, netflix, most likely the plow service. While the remaining items are in my budget (such as car ins, renters ins, Xmas etc)-those budget line items will not require any payout in March. This gives me some wiggle room, as every expenditure is scrutinized.
Return to work=return to an income stream. So, I eat well, I attend my twice weekly PT sessions, I follow up 3 times a day at home with my exercises, I stick to a sleep schedule, I follow my doctor's orders. I've got to do this right.
Wish me luck!