Seven years ago when I first got Direct Funding, things went, for the most part, pretty smoothly. My employees came, assisted me with my daily routine, and went home. If plans went awry or if there was a mix-up in the schedule, my employees helped me fill these shifts by calling or emailing others. If nobody could be found, Rob gladly helped me out.
After Rob's death, it was a whole new ball game. Sure, I have more hours per day (16 instead of 12) and seven overnights per week, but now if people are unable to come for their shifts or if some things got messed up, there are times during the day when I'm totally alone (except for my cats) and need some way to contact my employees to work things out.
Two years ago, my mother bought me an iPad, and I bought myself a texting app (Text Plus) to contact my employees if I needed them.
Today was such a day. I woke up (Hershey was snoring gently beside me) and I could see by my clock that the person getting me up was 15 minutes late. So, right away, I used my iPad to text one person and then another to find out what was happening. There had been a mix-up, apparently. An email confirming a shift coverage had gone into a draft folder not to the other person. Shit happens. This type of thing has happened to me several times too!
In the end, everything worked out. Somebody came and helped me start my day.
I'm so grateful that I have a network of cool, great, fantastic, and brilliant employees/friends! I love them all so much!
And, thank god for iPads, texring apps ... and my bladder of steel!