The YFG lasted three weeks at John Lewis. Absolutely crippling anxiety finished her off there - although the job in itself was not difficult and the people were lovely, she said. I had to take her to the doctor yesterday morning to get a sick note to cover the notice period as she was unable to return. It is a shame in many ways, because having a foot in the door at JL was a good step for her, but there were quite a few things against it from the start - the length of the day and the travel arrangements for example.
She was unable to articulate what was the problem but she was manifesting so many physical symptoms of stress and anxiety that she was beginning to be unable to function, such was her dread of the next Saturday.
She came home this last Saturday, pleased that she hadn't been stuck on the dishwasher all day, and I thought she was making progress, but by Sunday night, the symptoms were back and she was clearly struggling already at the thought of going back the next week.......so off we went to the GP yesterday morning and all has been sorted, and it is finished.
When I was speaking to a very wise friend, she recognised that although the job in itself was not difficult, and was indeed well within the YFG's capabilities, it was in a place she did not know, with a horde of people she did not know, and in a large organisation with a lot of protocols and procedures with which she was not familiar - and she had the travel to cope with as well as being away from home for an extended period.......my friend was surprised that the YFG took it on in the first place on reflection. She has recommended a position with shorter hours, closer to home and in a smaller and more informal organisation to start with. We will just have to see whether anything like that comes up!
And that was most of yesterday taken up.
Tonight I have been to a meeting in the village in which a local charity dishes out dosh to people between 16 and 25 who are still in full time education - the EFG applied for a grant from them and is thrilled tonight to get a text from me, telling her that £200 will soon be heading in her direction - a very welcome boost to her funds!
Who knows what tomorrow will bring?!