Three months ago, I was what most would consider a successful person. I worked as a RN case manager in home care. I loved my work and had been doing it for 20 years, 10 years in Michigan.
I went to college when I was in my late twenties, after my husband left me. I worked and went to school with 2 small children at home. I became a nurse. It was great. I moved to Arizona, lived there for 15 years.
Came back to Michigan when my daughter had children. My grand children. I worked there as a case manager in home care. Doing what I do best, caring for other people.
In June my sister was diagnosed with colon cancer, she had surgery in august. I worked every day, then went to the hospital to take care of her. Make sure she gets up and walks, that she is eating right and that she is telling them about any pain.
When she was released, I worked every day and went to her home every evening to take care of her. She lives 40 miles from me. I did this for two weeks. When she was able to care for her self, get out of bed without assist, make her on food and shower alone, I went home after work on a Friday evening.
I was sitting at home and decided I would go have a few beers at a bar close to an old apartment that I used to go to. I liked to play keno. Long story short, I was stopped for speeding and arrested for driving while intoxicated. I did what every one does and obtained an lawyer, went to court. Did not get much help from my attorney, I didnít know that I needed a special attorney, who only dealt with DUI cases or as my attorney pointed out later, an attorney who could fight for my job.
In December, I plead to a lesser charge, less points, but still impaired driving. A week later Human Resources called me on the job and told me to meet them at the end of my day. I was laid off for 60 days. I no longer was able to meet the job requirement of acceptable driving record. During this s time I could try to get a job in the hospital.
I was 60 years old at the time. Unable to do hospital staff work. I applied for a position in the hospital for care manager, same thing as case manager, but all work is done in the hospital. I did not get the job.
I am on unemployment, but it covers my rent and a few bills. My cobra insurance is almost five hundred dollars a month. I am using my retirement fund to pay for this.
Now I am 61 years old, am unable to get a job in home care. And to old to get job in hospital.
I plead with the Police chief of the city I was arrested in to lower the charge, so I could keep my job. He refused. I donít understand this.
This was a first offense, I had a clean driving record, no tickets. I made a mistake. How often have you had a few drinks and drove home, did you think you were impaired? The bar tender continued to serve me drinks, when I left, no one told me to take a cab, or offered to give me a ride.
I believe the charge could have been lowered with the stipulation that if I ever was seen in court for similar driving offenses, that high penalties would be sanctioned. But to loose your job over a first offense.