Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I don't know how people live like this.

Over six months ago I took my maternity leave. Seemed like a good idea at the time, now six months later I'm not so sure. Canada boasts wonderful parental benefits which my husband and I were gladly going to take advantage of for some much needed family time.
Sadly our much needed family time is now consisting of spending nothing because we are two months behind on bills because I have yet to receive my benefits (which would pay the bills and then some). Now we sit at home and wonder what to cook and what bill to pay this month so we don't get shut off.

Every time I contact EI about my benefits they tell me it will be three more weeks, they cannot speed up the process because it's not fair to the other people who are waiting for EI and sometimes they tell me I do not qualify (we know I do and my employer has sent correct numbers to them two months ago). I am beyond frustrated and really at this point want to lock myself in the bathroom and cry. Tomorrow with lack of other options I will have to go to work and tell them I will pick up shifts because I can't stand waiting with no gauranteed end in sight.
So at this point I feel completely robbed of the time I should be enjoying.. seriously, what did I do to deserve this?

Icing on the cake is that I EBF so.. What do I do for my daughter while I am at work, I have to find 60$ to buy a pump or fork out the cash to feed her formula and enjoy being engorged while Im not home. Seriously beyond frustrated, I don't even want to deal with any of it.


  1. (((HUGS))) That really sucks! I wish you could be home with your little girl like you were supposed to be.

  2. ((HUGS)) I am sorry your dealing with this b/s. How is it not fair, you have been waiting how long? I think your place in line has been at the top for awhile now.

  3. What a crap situation.

    What about getting a little press about this? Maybe a human interest story in your local newspaper or TV station? Maybe that will get your case some attention.