The last couple of weeks have been full of emotions and I am drained.
Horrible news from a dear friend, the reality of the lack of a job from my DH (still nobody in our families knows, since there has not been even the chance), and changes in my job from all fronts, plus the advice of a dear priest ... lets say its a lot to handle.
I am simply drained and things do not seem will get easier in the next weeks. So many things out of the ordinary happening at the very same time its really incredible and hard to handle emotionally.
As I blogged last week I received news that one of my clients was experiencing one of very worst things I could ever imagine for someone. This has been constantly in my mind and I have not been able to distance myself from it as perhaps I should.
It hit too close to home.
The diagnosis that their baby will die shortly after birth from lack of development of the lungs (due to a birth defect) has been confirmed by several doctors now and the only thing is to wait for the baby to be born only to die almost immediately. The ethical thing to do in this case is only to give warmth to the baby and slowly let him die. There is nothing else to do and the more things the doctors do will only extend his agony. I even hard a hard time writing this.
But I feel this is the only place where I can truly express what I feel at this time and that the least I could do for them is be there.
All of this, the calls with the doctors and reading the emails trying to get them help has hit me like a ton of bricks.
Shaken me to the core.
I have no idea how nurses and doctors do it.
Why does God asks anybody to face IF? I have no idea, but I have come to a place of acceptance after years of fighting it.
But face IF and miscarriage , as I have, I still have a very hard time accepting. I know its a process, but one that has taken me a long time to at least handle with peace.
But then face IF for years, then miscarriage and now the death of a child right after birth like this couple will I cannot comprehend. I have tried praying about it and I am still in shock. I really cannot even utter the right words to God.
Then of course is the stress of my DH lack of job. We have not been able to talk in depth about next steps. He is still going to the office to deliver the last part of his projects and when we have had the time we have preferred to spend playing with Josemaria and having some quiet days at home.
Our families still do not know it and I prefer it like this for now. I cannot handle right now their worries and inquiries.
All of this has been going on a the same time my boss has been away from the office for 2 weeks vacation and everything at work explodes.
He left me in charge while he was gone and so this is an added responsibility and while he was away they asked me to grow my department 4 fold (I had to call him in the middle of his vacation to tell him) and I now need to hire 2 more people in the next days.
I will finally have a team in place as they had promised me, but the ramp up is truly scary. I am not sure how I will handle the coming weeks, choosing 2 new people, teaching them, etc while doing the normal job. Once I have it in place it means I will have some more flexibility like the plan always was, but getting there will be tough.
And the irony of things.
Out of the blue I receive a call from a top company (A.pp..le) and 2 head hunters call me offering me great positions, all in 3 days.
This is when I most would like to work less and spend more time with Josemaria. Instead of feeling flattered, I felt so much pressure....
Why these offers do not come to all of those in need of a job I have no idea.
These days I really do not understand life.
I already had the interview by the top company and its clear its not something that I need or want right now. I still have to write the letter telling them no thanks in the best manner possible even though they were super positive to me (I would have never ever imagined saying no to such a company, but it was very clear this position was not compatible with a family at all and this made the choice very clear)
And this is not all on the job front..... last week I receive an updated version of my company HR policies. I search for maternity leave in the case of adoption and I see one month. ONE .
When I was recruited the policy said 5 months and this was a very important point in my decision and now only one? how did that happen?
Well my heart sank and I had to reread the policy many times over.
How in the world would I mange in a case of adoption? Return to work full time after only one month? Biological maternity leave is 5 months, but this is nothing.
My time home with Josemaria for 5 month was so precious that reading this almost made me cry. I know we would survive, but its really pathetic.
I write to HR and today I have a call with them.
The policy for Latin America used to be exactly the same as the one in the USA which is 5 months of fully paid maternity leave, but in their efforts to follow local laws and have clearer policies they have done local policies which match almost exactly local laws.
So Brasil has 5 months maternity leave as part of their laws, Argentina 3 and Mexico NOTHING.
The adoption maternal leave law has been stuck in the congress for years now so nothing exists.
So the company rather than give nothing in Mexico says they will give in the case of us one month which is more than the law states.
And the irony...... the only person in the region that has ever asked about maternity leave in cases of adoption is me . The poor girl from HR did not really know what to tell me, only that I was her only case asking about adoption and that she felt terrible for me.
So she has asked me to submit a case in the next days for a board to review this and in case they could consider changes this could become applicable next year in case we were to adopt. Arghhhh!
As its normal with me when stress hits I have been lacking in prayer and have been again too much Martha. I truly need to be more Mary....
Since I know this is not right I went to confession about it last Sunday and the priest who knows me very well asked me to consult with my normal confessor about his advice which was:
Focus mostly on my marriage which he felt was being threatened by too many things at once (while we are not having marital issues, he felt they would come soon), focus on keeping my job as a way to provide for my family and then our quest for additional children via adoption or biological . He felt very strongly that I should not do any work for Napro for now.
He says its simply too much facing the situation I am in now at home and starting an adoption process. He wants me to go on a retreat and do the minimal outside of my family and work.
I still do not know what I think about it, but I promised to speak to my confessor and be open about his advice. Lets say that his advice rather than give me peace only added to the many emotions I am feeling.
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