Recently I spent a whole day changing addresses for Medicare, insurance, banks, etc. The phones want to do it all with an automated service and it does not matter how much information you have at hand, they ask for something you don’t have. Getting a human is almost impossible and they are all stressed (as I had become) with the 100 people who called before me.
John’s computer went out; fortunately he was able to back it up before it quit completely. His choices were new Apple laptop, a refurbished one or a new hard drive? He chose the hard drive which is taxing his “vintage” laptop but we’ll make it work. But the old printer refuses to interface ... more phone calls as a result! And several more trips to APPLE Genius Bar.
My new job, with more paperwork from TEA than thought possible with new updates and regulations flowing into the school districts on a daily basis, has turned me numb. I had a couple of meltdowns before I decided “What would they do, fire me?” Certified teachers of Visually Impaired kids are few and far between … I have a caseload of 19 multi-handicapped and they had a 40% increase in VI kids last year. Two teachers did not return … wonder how much of it had to do with drowning by paper?
Late afternoon today, while John was setting up his new hard drive, I checked e-mail and the bank said to check our account on-line, we had a number of bogus charges from my debit card … all with the same phone number and all the charges were $5.40 … so phone calls to the bank fraud line have just started to clear that up. We are still cool.
Just now had a phone call “phishing” for information. John hung up.
My favorite experience today, a new mountain of paperwork for school. Starting in a few weeks, at the end of every school day we have to go to our computers and fill in an Excel program listing each child that we saw that day, the minutes we spent with them, in class, direct one on one, consult with teacher, consult with other professional, folder review, testing, report writing, staffing for ARD’s, ARD’s, assessment, ARD paperwork, time spent with child in medical situation (like when we go to the eye doctor with family) … and I don’t even have the completed list. Wonder if they included bathroom breaks? Now WHEN do the teachers teach and do all the paperwork already assigned which is triple than what I had a few years ago when I worked in another school district? We were told TEA wanted to find out how much time we were spending with the kids. I’m drowning. What could TEA be thinking?
Do I sound frustrated? I am. Go with the flow they say … I’m floating with my head above water is all I can say. I'll do it for the kids! Am I going to rewrite this and be more legible? Nope, going to do some more paperwork for tomorrow, take a shower and go to bed!
Love and Light! Mariann