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The time has come, the walrus said...

...to talk to Centrelink.

I've tried to avoid it. I've done my best but circumstances have conspired to force me to the government's most soul-destroying of departments for an "assessment". Once my "needs" have been identified I'll be eligible for one of the programs that helps people find work in sympathetic organisations. I can't go direct to the program and say "Help! I need a two-day a week job where I can call in sick a lot with no heavy lifting or long periods standing." I have to go through Centrelink which is the governmental equivalent of Godzilla (in that it has big teeth and crushes people).

I REALLY didn't want it to come to this. First of all because the hoops you must jump through to get anything are on fire. And secondly because it's not great for the self esteem. In fact, I'm finding it pretty damn crushing, to be honest.

But enough about the evil. In other news, I continue to gain weight. And for some reason it's appearing rather disproportionately on my chest. This has come as somewhat of a shock.

And I'm reading again. Is not this fab? When bored or tired, I've been reading books instead of shooting bubbles at other bubbles. Excellent progress.

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bad_habit
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Oh, look. Star Trek on TV! The things people watch at 3 am...
Congrats on the reading! (It really annoys me when I'm depressed that I can't even pick up a book and read. Not that I'm suggesting anything. Just randomly volunteering information whilst waiting for my washing to be done.)

I would just like to say that I think you're brilliant doing this Centrelink thing. A lot of people I know (including myself) would/have given up in easier positions (of course, matters of the brain are hard to compare. So I'll stick with just comparing myself. And stuff.). I'm glad you don't. Very, very glad. (:
(Haven't given up either. I've set a timeline and all! YaY! I'm getting better, I'm getting better (although today sucked. Happens, eh?)!)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
It's all about attitude. You've paid through their services through taxes and you're not paying them to stuff you around. If you ask for someone calling up their main line, and insist, they will get a manager etc on the line for you. One thing to watch out for - don't let their psychologist or social worker overrule your doctor's opinion, as your doctor is much better qualified to comment on health matters ...

Emily
talmina
Jan. 17th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
We aren't all evil over at Centrelink. Just remember try not to take out your irritation at the rules on the person on the counter/other end of the phone, unless for some bizarre reason Howard is now working in a
Service Centre, in which case, go ahead honey. We don't make the rules, we just have to implement and abide by them. So long as you are open and honest you should be fine. Get yourself a copy of the Customer Charter and familiarise yourself with your rights when dealing with us if you have any concerns.

It's not fair, why are you getting boobs and I'm not!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 5th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
be strong
Hey Kayt, lots of things in life are soul-crushing but that doesn't mean we have to let them get to us. You're doing the right thing and that's what's most important. So be strong! Anyway, gaining weight on your chest is a good positive!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 5th, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
be strong
Hey Kayt, lots of things in life are soul-crushing but that doesn't mean we have to let them get to us. You're doing the right thing and that's what's most important. So be strong! Anyway, gaining weight on your chest is a good positive!

Oh, this is Roz, by the way :>
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