Well today feels less daunting on the apartment hunting/job exploration front. It occured to me to look into UPS; they seem to offer part time employees some type of benefits. At a bare minimum they offer students assistance that can be applied to any expense, and from what I can decipher they seem to provide medical (though of what quality I don't know) as well. I'll have to keep them in mind for potential employment with benefits during my return to school. The pay doesn't look great, but with sufficient loans/grants/scholarships and tuition and other benefits from them it may not matter. The hours look like they would accomodate a daytime class schedule as well. It would be physical labor, lots of lifting/carrying/sliding, but that doesn't bug me too much. I'm in the best shape of my life right now and I enjoy physical work.
As far as apartment hunting goes I really need to sit down and have a conversation about Kristin as to whether it makes sense to try and improve our present living situation and stick it out at our current residence, or if we should try to move somewhere quieter and/or cheaper with better environmental control. With her in school right now I don't know how much time she will have to go to see units with me, and I will NOT make a decision like that without consultation with my wife.
Overall, it seems patience and a recognition of the time table I'm really on here has overtaken anxious panic. It's a good thing. I am optimistic and I will be praying like crazy that I can pull this all off. If you pray, please pray for me and my family.