The weather got colder & I wound up feeling hopeless since there didn’t seem to be any end in sight for the government shutdown. I got some money together & drove in the middle of a storm in January to my stepmother’s house in central Virginia. I had to use some of the money I had saved up to pay my bills (car payment, phone, car insurance, storage unit where all my belongings are stored…), as well as medical expenses for my son & myself. Right before the government shutdown ended I wound up with a lump on my right hand that grew rapidly & I had to have surgery to have it removed. I had complications that made the healing take much longer than it was supposed to unfortunately. I am right handed. I dipped even further into the money I had saved for a deposit on an apartment. I couldn’t return to NY as I was still recovering from the surgery & having physical therapy. Now with even less money for a deposit to put on an apartment for myself & my son, I requested a job transfer to the IRS call site located not far from where I am in Virginia. I applied for positions that were announced in that location on USA JOBS. Out of 6 applications on announcements that closed on February 4th and 5th only 2 were even looked at to date.