April 15, 2020
I was laid off a little over two weeks ago. COVID-19 hit our clinic so hard that our schedules dwindled down to 5-7 visits per day when we were steadily seeing 12-14 patients per day. I understand where my director was coming from and knew that he had to do it to keep the clinic running.
However, it leaves me with a MOUNTAIN of PRIVATE student loan debt, a home mortgage, and NO income. Having a private student loan means that I don’t get the interest waived and I don’t get to postpone my payments like if I had federal loans. So I still have to somehow come up with monthly payments.
I’ve been beyond stressed and trying to keep busy. I am now in a weird transition looking for work in a time when hiring for PTs is at an all-time low.
I wanted to share my journey with you because it’s real and I think a lot of other people are going through this as well. I want to let you know that what you’re feeling is valid and that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
I’m going to share what I’ve been doing to stay productive and what it’s been like to look for work again.
My husband encourages me by reminding me that this may be a blessing in disguise, so for now, I’m working on embracing this idea and taking it one day at a time.