Things have not been going well for my hubby at work for the past few months.
Yesterday, something that should have been a really minor issue (IF he wasn't on his sergeant's bad side and IF he hadn't already been suspended a couple of months ago) resulted in Dave being demoted. He lost his patrol deputy spot and is being sent back to work as a jailer.
This is really bad for us for a couple of reasons. First, it will be an $8,000 or $9,000 pay cut. We cannot afford this due to all of the expenses associated with having a sick baby. Doctor's visits. Co-pays. Medications. Tests. The trips to Dallas to see specialists - every week for the past month. Etc. Etc. Etc.
Secondly, we don't know what shift he will be on now. We had his shift and off days worked out to where child care was not an issue for us. He was on second shift and had three consecutive weekdays off. My mom would come over two days a week before Dave left for work to watch Brooklyn for about three or four hours, until I got home from work. Now...who knows. Dave could be working the same hours as I do or the midnight shift. We planned this out before Brooklyn was even born, not knowing at the time that it would become a necessity for us. Brooklyn's doctors have already said that she can't go to daycare because of her respiratory problems. If she catches a cold or a respiratory infection, it could be very, very bad for her. And I really don't think I would trust anyone else giving Brooklyn her medications and breathing treatments. Good luck finding a daycare that would do that, anyway. Besides, with the huge decrease in hubby's pay, how can we possibly afford to pay someone to take care of our baby? We didn't really have any extra money as it was before he was demoted.
What shitty timing for all this.