Callie-think positively! Maybe you won't be laid off at all, and if you get your resume sent out, you might find a better job!
J1, why not help pay your phonebill down? I'm sure in no time you'll have the money for the sneakers. (sorry, I'm thinking like a mom!)
Sher, I know your pain! What helps me is warm compresses on my face (ok, some of them are really hot) and then using a massager on my sinus cavities. (I can't take meds due to what I'm already taking)