So as I have continued to struggle, desperately, with trying to figure out a way to reconcile going back to school with finding employment that offers me comprehensive health benefits (or pays enough that I can buy them), I have had a real, "Eureka!" moment. I intend to present and explore the possibility of me returning to the job I held previous to my present one on a part time basis. This would involve working with multiple managers and supervisors, but would have me doing work that really can be done at nearly any time of day and would therefore allow for a more flexible working schedule than my current job does. Utilizing my company's Flexible Work Arrangement program, if I can get the necessary parties to agree this would be perfect. It's a job I am fully qualified for and I would be providing an understaffed team with, quite possibly, exactly the amount of help needed. If I can convince them to give me a work lap top, I might even be able to work from home if necessary. If you read this and you're a praying sort, pray for me. I'm going to see if I cannot go back to doing data base management work.
As is stated on the underside of an Honest Tea bottle cap that I keep in one of my shirt pockets, "Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the judgement that something else is more important than what we fear." I had let myself forget this. I hope I never forget it again.