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A spanner in the works

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Grandad was admitted to hospital on Monday afternoon. The meds he was on for his heart can cause dehydration in the elderly, and this is what happened to him. He was servely dehydrated and his kidneys may never recover their normal function. He will be in hospital for a little while, so my workout time (eg. my ONLY free time) has been reallocated to sitting in hospital with my grandad. My aunt, nana and I are taking turns sitting with him, since he is so sick he is having trouble talking and processing information, so he needs an advocate at all times. My mum is in Aussie, so I am pretty much filling in where she would be.

When life decides to get in the way it REALLY gets in the way, huh?

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BEANPOD77 8/19/2011 6:35AM

    Hugs across the oceans to you and your Grandad! Best wishes for a speedy recovery to him..and take care of yourself too!!

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CARLA-216 8/18/2011 11:46AM

    Good thoughts for your dear grandad. You're a good egg to sit with him while mum is away.

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CATLADY52 8/18/2011 11:38AM

    Sorry to hear about your Grandad. Here's hoping he can regain some of the kidney function. Best wishes for your whole family. emoticon emoticon

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ANAJAK 8/18/2011 6:23AM

    Oh I somehow missed this!! I'm sorry your Granddad is in hospital. I'm also sorry your only "free" time is your workout time!!

You are a good daughter and and even better granddaughter.


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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/17/2011 5:29PM

    Your poor koro. He might get better quite quickly once his hydration is up, you'd be surprised. I hope you have some time to do some reading for your uni work, while you sit with him. And I'm wondering whether you can get some leave from your job, I work part time but if I need to take time to care for a family member I'm entitled to take that as part of my sick leave. So... Why not schedule your grandad care for work time, and give yourself a break? (hehehe)

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The week ahead

Sunday, August 14, 2011

OK, so as some of you know I have a busy week coming up. I am working 5 days and I have assignments AND I need to get some exercise in!

First things first, lets review last week. I worked out 3 times, which met my goal of 3-4 times per week. My eating was OK, except for last night. A few too many chippies and desserts. BUT I registered a loss of 700g this morning. Eat well, put on weight, eat badly, lose weight. OK, I know thats not how it works, but thats how it has seemed so far!

This week will HOPEFULLY go as follows:

M - Uni 8-2, work 3-9.30 (I KNOW!)
T - Spinning after work
W - Boxing after uni
T - Run before work
F - OFF (work :( )
S - Run inbetween assignments
S- OFF (work)

So, lets see how that goes. Wish me luck, I am going to need it!!

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CARLA-216 8/15/2011 11:27AM

    Good luck!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/14/2011 6:21AM

    Starting with a plan a great way to stay in control during a busy week! Good luck with it all, you can do it.

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Yesterday was a bad day - RANT

Friday, August 12, 2011

Well, the title says it all!

I have been rostered on for 4-5 shifts a week for the next 3 weeks. I CAN'T do that many hours! I am in my last semester of uni, for goodness sake. When I asked my boss if there was anything he could do about it he said no. He then told me that if I can't handle my hours I need to 'think about my priorities and my work/life balance". Ah, excuse me? I am on a part time contract and agreed to work 2-3 days per week. That can give me time for my priorities and my work/life balance. Working DOUBLE the shifts I signed on for? Not so much. I was floored, and livid. He basically told me to quit if I didn't like it! Seriously? Could he not have asked the other staff if they would pick up a few extra hours? He said IF I start having trouble keeping up with uni then he will reassess. Why wait until I am stressed and exhusted to make changes? I am saying now that I can't handle the hours, so I don't understand why he refuses to make changes! This manager has only been here 3 weeks and everyone already hates him. I think I am going to call HR on Sunday, because this is not right at all. The only saving grace about this company is that they are big, so I do have the option of contacting HR for advice and support. This has kept me up half the night! That and deciding which lectures to skip, since I can't work those hours and go to uni!

Then, I went to the doctor. I haven't told y'all this but I have been having trouble with my lips. Basically they were red, swollen, sore, itchy and...scaley. They have been for months but they are just getting worse. I saw my regular GP 2 weeks ago and he told me I lick my lips and gave me some zinc and castor oil cream to protect the lips. I DO NOT LICK MY LIPS. I use lip balm for that very reason, because when I was a kid I would lick my lips and they got chapped. My regular GP wouldn't listen and the cream just dried my lips out further and made things waaaaaaay worse. So I went to another doctor last night who told me that my GP should have listened to me! This doctor gave me steroid creams and within an HOUR my lips were feeling waaaaay better and looking better. I basically looked like Bobo the clown before because I had a big red outline around my lips from where it was sore and irritated. I am to use the strong cream for a week, the weaker cream for a week after that and then I should be fine! I am seriously thinking about changing doctors. It is so much nicer to have someone who listens to you and takes you seriously.

THEN! I got home from the doctor and my parents were drunk. They drink a lot, but last night they were definatly drunk. I had planned on knuckling down and finishing an assignment last night but I hate being around my parents when they are drunk so Russell took me out to dinner. I just couldn't cope with the responsibility of my drunk parents last night, because they generally end up fighting and then I have to take care of a now drunk and depressed (diagnosed) mother. I had enough on my plate.

Russell took me out for Thai. Nice, healthy choice, lots of veggies, no cream etc. Then dessert. At Denny's. Sometimes you just need chocolate and last night was one of those times. I own my choices.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/17/2011 5:22PM

    Wow you have such a lot to cope with but I would definitely ditch the extra work hours. You have a contract, you keep your part of the bargain, your boss doesn't get to decide your priorities outside of your contract. And honey, if you get behind at varsity it is just so hard to catch up. And why would you put yourself through that stress, you are so right! uni is the most important thing, $ lost now will be recouped and more when you have qualified.
Let us know how this panned out for you, and best of luck!

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1NANA4EVER 8/12/2011 6:36PM

    You are definitely dealing with a lot. I hope you find a way to solve your work hours. It must be tough dealing with parents who do not know their limits. Don't let life get you down, these trials and tribulations only make you stronger.

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CARLA-216 8/12/2011 3:06PM

    Uni has to be the priority. Your boss is a jackwagon for not getting that.

I had what sounds like the exact problem with my lips a little over 2 years ago. GP doc said to use something like Nivea lip balm. I almost rolled my eyes at the suggestion. Sorry, but I'd tried everything and nothing was helping, and many things were making it worse. I ended up going to a dermatologist about it and I was prescribed...you guessed it...steroid cream, and like you, I had almost immediate relief. I had problems again several weeks ago. I was in misery and the derm didn't have any open slots for weeks. Luckily my best friend is the lead nurse in my GP's office and she was able to get a prescription called in for me to get that same cream. Whew!

I'm glad Russell took you out to eat last night. I couldn't deal with babysitting drunk adults! LOL

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/12/2011 2:40PM

    awwww I am sorry! Today is my baaaaaaad day!

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The smelly blogger strikes again

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back from another run.

Another 3.3K in 30 minutes

Day 3, Week 3 ticked off!

Admittedly I skipped right to week 3. My first time out I just did what I could manage and that happened to be roughly what week 3 describes so I went with it. Week 4 starts next run! Because my timetable is hectic and changes all the time I am chaging weeks every 3 runs (unless I don't feel ready, and then I will repeat a week). This is because sometimes I can fit 3 runs into 7 days and sometimes I can fit them in to 10 days. 5K MY way, right?

OK off to shower and then go to work. Ick, I really don't wanna go to work!

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CARLA-216 8/11/2011 8:14AM

    ROFL at the title of this blog! You have the best sense of humor!

Great job on the run. And YES, 5K YOUR way! Whatever keeps you going and gets you there is great in my book!

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ANAJAK 8/10/2011 6:17PM

    Here's a emoticon and a you are emoticon.

ps. I really really wish you would change your user name to smelly blogger haha

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I am exhusted, but jazzed.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

So ya know that assignment I have been harping on about for weeks? That hard one? The one I hated. I HANDED IT IN TODAY! I kissed it, said a few words and popped it into the drop box. 2 DAYS EARLY. I know! Look at me go!!

So I was jazzed, driving to the gym and suddenly I just slumped. I was exhusted and the thought of doing anything but sitting down made me sad. Assignments are mentally and physically draining! So I came home and decided to have a drink on the couch instead. Life is all about balance!

I'll get to bed early and try to get up early for a run tomorrow. That will equal 3 workouts this week, plus I will do something on Saturday! Sounds good to me.

Eating today was OK. Too much sushi! It is the only healthy option at uni, and I forgot to take lunch so it was my only option. Headed for the non-fried ones!

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CARLA-216 8/10/2011 8:11AM

    Hurray for turning in the assignment! And 2 days early...you rock!

Keep going with the workouts and eating well!

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SHOOPETTE 8/10/2011 5:32AM

    congrats on the assignment!

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