Thursday’s Thoughts ~ Reflecting On The Past Week…

Tomorrow will make one week since Ed lost his job–and what a week it’s been!  As you can imagine, we’ve experienced all kinds of emotions this week–shock, anger, disbelief, fear, sadness, and relief, all rolled into one week!  I’m happy to say, as the week has worn on, relief has become the most prevalent emotion in our household.

Seven years ago, Ed was happily working at another hospital.   One day, EMH contacted him and asked if he might be interested in coming to work for their hospital.  Although Ed was happy with his current job, the hospital where he was working was 55 miles from home, which meant a two-hour commute every day.  EMH was located just 7 miles from us, and offered a higher salary.  It wasn’t an easy decision for Ed to make, but, ultimately, he chose to take the job at EMH.  It didn’t take long to figure out that he might have made a mistake.  While the commute was much shorter, and the pay much better, the working conditions were much more stressful, and, over time, they just got worse.  It was the worst working environment Ed has ever experienced, in his forty-three years of employment!  Some of the problems included poor hospital management, lots of back-biting and back stabbing among the staff, not to mention poor morale among ALL employees.

Due to the government’s involvement in healthcare, times are tough for small rural hospitals, with most of them really struggling, these days.  Not long after Ed took the job at EMH, it became apparent that this hospital was struggling, as well.  Years ago, Ed had worked [for twenty years] at a hospital that ended up having to close its doors, so he knew all of the warning signs.  The same scenario was beginning to play out at EMH.

At the beginning of last year, it became apparent the hospital wasn’t going to survive, unless some drastic changes were made.  By the end of the year, a management firm had been hired to take over running the hospital, on a trial basis, for one year.  We had a pretty good idea of how the next scenario would go. Employees were warned that ” some cuts would be made” when this company took control.

Since Ed was a department director, making a higher salary, he stood a greater chance of being targeted.  Some employees sought other employment, but Ed chose to ride out the storm.  He turned 65, in November, and knew retirement would be in the not-too-distant future, anyway.  We hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst.  The worst happened last Friday, when Ed was “let go.”

In hindsight, we’re now beginning to view what we considered “the worst” as a blessing. Living and working in stressful conditions can eventually take a toll on one’s health, and Ed was no exception.  In the wake of this particularly stressful past year, minor health issues had begun to plague Ed.  I feared for his over-all health, and joked with him, at one point, that he was going to stay at that hospital until they carried him out on a stretcher.  Fortunately, that didn’t happen!

As each day passes, Ed looks better and better.  He says he even feels better.  He looks like a man who has had the weight of the world lifted off of his shoulders, and, perhaps, he has.  Perhaps a better analogy would be this:  After years of riding on a sinking ship, Ed finally got tossed a life-preserver.  May he happily find his way to the shore of retirement bliss, and live happily ever after!






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  1. So glad you are starting to find the blessings in this time. God is good and will take care of you, as I know you already know.

  2. I feel the pain. Yeah, I have crossed my 1,400th job rejection and still looking and applying. Even got rejected from three more job applications yesterday. The job market is brutal.

  3. This post makes me smile!! I’m so happy for you both as you begin this new chapter!! I am SO looking forward to 65!!

  4. Sometimes we get a blessing in disguise. I hope this will turn out to be that way. If he planned to retire at 65, I guess this worked out well. There area always other part time jobs he can do. As with any life changed, adjustments have to be made. I am a fairly actively invoved person with lots of clubs and organizations that I am part of so I am not home full time. I told Honey Bear when he retired that I wasn’t going to be home all the time and he was fine with that. Of course He isn’t really retired either. So we are enjoying the changes in our life. I hope you do too.
    Mama Bear

  5. I’m glad you’ve come to realize it’s really us all for the best. Your description of how Ed’s burden has been lifted mirrors my feelings when I left teaching 22 years ago. Know what? I never looked back. So both of you – eyes straight ahead!

  6. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

    I’m so glad that you and Ed have found blessings in this time. My husband was “offered” early retirement 7 1/2 years ago. He wasn’t ready to retire either, but like Ed, it turned out to be the best thing. His job was so very stressful (while his company wasn’t a sinking ship, they were definitely feeling a huge crunch … people were let go and when others left/retired, those positions weren’t filled … and the existing employees had to take up the slack … he was doing his work and the work of 3 other employees at the time he retired). He had every intention of finding other work, as he was only 58 at the time he retired … but he’s seen how much better his health and overall outlook is now that he’s not working that he’s content with his retirement.

  7. Amen. Glad you and Ed are finding the silver lining!

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