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The Bitch That Keeps On Giving

3000 New Orleans city employees laid off today.

"In a frank acknowledgement of New Orleans' bleak economic condition, Mayor Ray Nagin dispensed pink slips to half the city's work force Tuesday and conceded that additional layoffs could loom.

The firing of 3,000 workers, some of whom almost certainly lost their homes to Katrina, comes as the city's $13 million monthly sales tax revenue has shrunk to zero. Intense negotiations for bridge loans from state and federal agencies have proved fruitless so far, and a $50 million line of credit from private lenders remains sketchy, Nagin said."

In addition to the city workers being laid off, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will also have to let some of their 9,000 employees go because of all the money the Church spent aiding storm victims.

And thanks to storm stress, my self-diagnosis of hyperthyroidism was confirmed today. My levels are high. Normal thyroid activity is 1.50 and mine is currently at 3.86. In addition, the doctors said that I have Graves Disease because the overactivity has now recurred.

Now I have to decide if I should let them "kill" my thyroid with a radioactive iodine treatment so that I don't have further recurrences. I will have a few more tests done before I make that decision with my doctors. Fun!


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Oct. 4th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
I wonder how many people this storm has utterly ruined - I hate to think about it. I also can't help but wonder how useful that trillion dollars spent on the war in Iraq would be right about now...

I'm glad you're getting more tests to be sure. I wonder if there is any other way to control it? I'd check it out on the net myself but since I have a wonky thyroid myself (Hashimotos) I'd just start worrying that I had *all* the symptoms myself - reading about diseases does that to me.

I hope it all works out well, kiddo!
Oct. 4th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
It's overwhelming to think of the impact on families in the area and to know that it will be resonating for years.

I have progressed from an -ism to a disease. It's kind of odd. And I have the same problem with thinking I must have every disease I read about.

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Oct. 4th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I can't wait to read about the David and to hear about your adventures in Canada!
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
I read that. It really sucks:( As if people didn't have enough problems. Both my neighbors are pretty much jobless. I guess we really are lucky, even if we are stuck here a bit.

I might go ahead and have my thyroid killed. They made a mistake once and over medicated me on synthroid and I was miserable. It might be easier to raise the levels then lower them?
Oct. 4th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
So many people in all different professions are now unemployed. It boggles the mind.

And now that I've had time to think about it, the treatment isn't bad. It's just weird to think that my thyroid might be rendered virtually inoperable.
Oct. 5th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC)
Mine died when I was pregnant with zach and tests at levels of dead anyway.

I guess some people in cities that have taken us in are getting a little testy that refugees have been given job and housing preferences over them.
I can see that actually. It's not like we want to be in other cities taking their jobs, but on the same hand I can see where if you were in line for a job/housing/whatever it would be annoying not to get it because it was given to a newcomer, no matter what the circumstances.
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