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Old 12-03-2014, 04:55 PM   #85
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I haved just joined, and I have absolutely no clue if I am posting in the right place or not. Happy Holidays& Merry Christmas!
We have a beloved 1955 Bubble, which is used for our shave ice business, and it's been very, very good to us!!!! I am in search of a business/company/very talented individual who does light refurbishing; polishing, repair/patching of some inside walls, that sort of thing. We are in the Florida Panhandle, and ( once again) are clueless as to where to find this type of help. We have only the winter months to accomplish this, as we reopen for Spring Breakers in march. Thoughts, suggestions, prayers, lol!!! Thank you in advance for any and all input!!!
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:06 AM   #86
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Good morning.
I thought it was time for another Marie Report. She's had an eventful few days, what with getting fired from her job last Friday, and scrambling to get some kind of insurance to cover her. It seems the company she worked for decided they didn't want to continue paying their share of her health insurance premiums, and their team of lawyers decided it was not against the law to do this. It's unethical, but not illegal. So, among other things, she is going to be without insurance for a while. Not a comfortable feeling...
Since she had to take an early retirement, she will be getting Social Security check, at a reduced amount, and Medicare, which will have the premiums deducted from her reduced Social Security.

She also went to her new primary care doctor for a follow up from the stroke. He determined she has come a long way, but needs to go even further to recover enough to drive, work, or travel. Her next appointment is in March, when he will evaluate her again.
I am getting her a weight set, so she can practice lifting the weights (up to 10 pounds), and she has requested a treadmill, since I really don't want her going on the long walks she needs to build up her weak leg, unless I am here with her. Since I get home from work well after dark every day, that part is not really a viable option, so I am on the hunt for a treadmill.

Other than that, we're having a great time, and wish y'all were here.
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:57 AM   #87
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Terry, Terry.....you're the best.

Hugs to you both.


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Old 12-11-2014, 06:57 AM   #88
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You might check SA, Goodwill, etc. thrift stores for a treadmill. Lots of those get donated, judging by what I see when I drop off donations.
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:20 AM   #89
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Terry:

IF Marie's company provided health coverage for her she is entitled by law for COBRA coverage. It's never cheap as it usually ends up being the full premium cost (your share plus the companies plus a little extra for paperwork), but if affordable it's an option for up to 18 months.

You don't need a lawyer to secure this benefit, simply call the Human Resources office and tell them that you would like Marie's COBRA package. I had the opportunity to run two different companies in my career and had the ultimate HR responsibility so this came up quite often with people leaving, fired etc. So, I urge you to at least check into it, as noted it's not cheap.

You might even try to get the company to kick in something for six months or so as a severance package settlement. I've not been involved for a while but under the new laws termination for illness may be a illegal.

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Old 12-11-2014, 08:27 AM   #90
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I wondered about COBRA, too, but figure Terry and Marie are aware of that.

There may be an appeal process.

I also wondered about applying for Unemployment. Don't know that she is eligible, but they may have some good information about her rights.....and the responsibilities of her employer.


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Old 12-11-2014, 09:55 AM   #91
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Maggie good thoughts on unemployment. Terry if you don't know about COBRA and if Marie's employer failed to give her the Federally required COBRA "package" they have violated several statutes. Probably not worth any kind of law suite BUT is certainly a negotiated position if you decide to pursue this, in my opinion, unethical firing. Most companies and company executives I know and have known would not consider such a move. Keep in mind Marie's HR department MUST have provided her with this information at or within 30 days of termination in writing, at least that it what my lawyers always told me and we always had a package ready if we got two weeks notice and or terminated the employee.

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Old 12-11-2014, 10:32 AM   #92
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Sometimes going to these kinds of people armed with information makes all the difference.



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Old 12-11-2014, 11:28 AM   #93
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Cobra would cost 3/4 of Marie's social security.
In order to file an unemployment clami, she has to be able to work, and able to go out and look for work.
Worker's comp doesn't cover strokes that occur on the job.
The minimum time employers must "hold" a job under the FMLA is 90 days. It's been almost that now, and by the time her termination is effective, it will have been exactly 90 days.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:03 PM   #94
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Bummer, Terry.

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Old 12-25-2014, 07:12 PM   #95
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Good evening, and Merry Christmas.
I thought it would be a good time for a Marie Update. She has graduated from a walker at night to only a cane almost all the time. This is good, and she continues to gain confidence with her walking. I picked up a couple of video games for her computer, as well as a small indoor remote control helicopter. She now has these to help redevelop her eye/hand coordination. I don't know about the video games, but flying a helicopter without crashing into stuff is not easy. I've been trying it out when she isn't using it, and have so far managed to terrorize my brother and Sophie with it. The blinds in the living room are a little worse for wear, as well. Marie has only tried to take out the star on the Christmas tree so far.
For breakfast Christmas morning, I asked Marie what she would like me to make. She replied, "surprise me". From her response to what I gave her, I'm guessing she didn't really want me to give her leftover pasta salad...
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it was nice of you to save the popcorn garland from the tree for new year's day :-) Merry Christmas!
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You can pick up small, inexpensive, remote control toys for the floor, Terry, at TJMaxx and Tuesday Morning. I

I kept several of these for the grands....ladybugs with flapping wings, etc...... and they at least are not airborne.

Sounds like everything continues to keep moving in a positive direction.

Am saving my unused space at Alumalina for you two, in hopes you will be able to come down, so think about that. Everyone would love to see you, and the roads are nice and level for Marie to walk on.

Hugs to you both.

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Old 12-31-2014, 06:17 PM   #98
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Okay, it's time for the end-of-year Marie Report.
She is continuing to do a little better and is attending her therapy sessions regularly. The PT person says she is doing well, and she is pretty much completely doing without her walker. I've caught her a couple of times staggering across the kitchen, sans cane.

I was talking to a friend about her being stuck at home, able to do "work-at home" stuff, but she can't get out to find one. After some back-and-forth, she was offered, and accepted, a part-time position answering phones as part of a reservation service for an RV-oriented publication most of us are familiar with. She likes her new job, her new employer likes her, and her self-esteem has risen dramatically.
So, if anybody wants to make a phone reservation for one of the rally-type events sponsored by the publication, she may be the one that answers the phone.
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