When we returned from our week in Baltimore & Washington helping my sister during her recovery from her TAVR surgery we had a rather large stack of mail waiting for us to open. Among the minutia was a letter from Conexis (the company that is administering my benefits for the BSA) and surprise surprise I have been terminated and it is effective like January 1, 2016 – 7 months ago. I had expected this at some point but I thought the BSA might actually call me or at least send me a letter. I did receive a package from the BSA later that had all the paperwork for retirement but you would think that 28 years would at least rate some personal contact. Now the BSA has not been paying me for a while, as Social Security has taken over my Disability payments, but I was still buying some benefits from the BSA thru Conexis.
Shortly after my transplant surgery, I was told that the BSA was looking into a Part Time Professional classification, which seemed to be an ideal position for me. I could bring considerable skills to this that would benefit the council, and get me working on a level I could handle, but when I looked into going back to work nobody had any idea of what I was talking about. So it looks like my best/only option is to retire from the BSA & to try to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. While I have been cleared to work part-time, nobody really wants to hire someone with ESRD, so I am looking into starting my own business and I am doing research on possibilities and also trying to see if some of my crafting skills could be made into an ETSY and/or Craft Fair Business.
I am planning to spend the next several months making samples and practicing and improving my skills to see if I can do this. Right now it is to see if I can produce a quantity of high quality items. I have some limited power tools so I am choosing my projects based on what I can accomplish with the tools that I have. Also I plan to utilize the shop at the woodworkers warehouse to see if using their big power tools will help me to batch out larger quantities and also help me to decide which power tools will help me the most. Right now I have a list of approximately 20 items to start with and we will see where we can go from there. I will report on my progress and hopefully we will be opening an ETSY store by Thanksgiving!