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Saturday, 5/1 Getting over the past week

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Good morning,

I am surprised that I woke up as early as I did today. I got home from the pool shortly after ten last night. I had a couple of clementines and a half of a sandwich and settled down to spend time with SP--and that lasted maybe an hour before I was asleep. It has been like that most of the week since I returned to work full days. I know that I will get a rhythm going soon--schedule changes often take time to get adjusted to.

I have found that I have a great deal of work to do now that I am back at work. The sub who was there with my afternoon students ran a fairly loose ship, which is very different than what I do. I know that my students have to make accelerated progress in order to catch up to their peers. I have them for a half an hour to 45 minutes a day if I am lucky and there are no interruptions in the daily schedule. That is a lot on their backs and mine. I plan intense lessons that focus on what they need the most to make progress and increase their reading levels. The sub that was there for me allowed them to color pictures to "keep them from talking" while they were reading as well as having snack time. Those things might be okay in a regular classroom where the students are available all day, but just cannot fit into the kind of schedule I have. I had the opportunity to work with him on Wednesday and was pretty amazed at things I witnessed. He had his reasons for what was taking place, but I cannot understand coloring as opposed to focusing on the reading material. I guess it could go unsaid that some of these children are sorry to see me return. I did a poetry day on Thursday (April is national poetry month and April 29 is "Keep a Poem in Your Pocket Day." I helped them all to find a poem, copy it and keep it in their pocket to read to others. On Friday, I found a way to assess them over the material they were currently reading to prove tot hem that they weren't "getting" what they needed to out of the passages. On Monday, I will be starting over with some of them and re-reading with others. I have a lot to do with these children and although I cannot make up for the time they have lost, I can push for quality work in this last month of school.

I have my assignment for next year and it is with the same staff I have been working with in the new building. I heard a rumor that I will have a full-sized classroom rather than a food pantry, bathroom, or office to teach in--if that is so, it will be nice, especially if I get real furniture. I have a lot of work to do to get things packed for the move, which is work that my body will not handle well, so I have contacted the administration downtown. At meetings held earlier in this year, they promised me help and I definitely need it. The current rule is that we cannot put any boxes in the hallways though--and given how small my rooms are, I am wondering how we will manage this.

Things at home are the same and a bit different. I need to focus on a couple of my kids over this weekend and get them moving in a more positive direction. I have gotten some positive advice from my doctor on ways to help my 20 year old to get back on track--it seems that I must be the one at bat to get the game started. I am worried that he is going to just veg out rather than take any action, and that cannot be.

I get to go out to lunch with my best friend today--it's the first Saturday of the month. I always enjoy this peaceful time we have together. I will take my youngest son to the fitness center afterwards and then be home for the majority of the day. I have lots to do here as well. It's time to put my little plants into the garden--they seem to be pretty healthy and ready to go. I am so glad that things are green and blooming now. It's such a big difference from the cold, greyness of winter.

I leave you all with a wish for sunshine and joy in the weekend and coming days. Take care of yourselves, my friends!!

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    I hope that you have good results with your children. Glad that your new classroom is going to be bigger and better. Bright blessings to you my friend. Sadly... my bathing suit has collapsed. The chlorine was too much for it. SIGH. Sure did love it while it lasted. I guess I just spend too much time in the pool. LOL Got in over 3 hours today. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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JHADZHIA 5/1/2010 11:48PM

    Those kids are lucky to have you as a teacher! I sure hope they give you help with your move and that you get a real classroom!!
Do take it easy where you can though. You don't want to run yourself down and get sick or something. Rest and good sleeps to you!
{{{{gentle hugs}}}

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    I love clementines and have one every day!!

Hearing you talk about your students and their challenges was a real treat to me. You sound like a wonderful teacher. For some of these children you are their opportunity for a better life and they are lucky to be in your hands. I was shocked at the sub allowing them to color.

I hope you get a nice classroom. It would make it so much easier for you and I'm sure for the children as well.

I envy your lunch with the friend. My friends have almost all moved away from here.

We are ready to plant too if it would stop raining!!! LOL.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 5/1/2010 5:00PM

    I have to agree with JRSWHIMSY. Those children are very lucky to have you. From the tone of your blogs it seems you are a very conscientious and caring teacher. My hat is off to you.

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JRSWHIMSY 5/1/2010 3:46PM

    I can't believe your sub's behavior! I have an assignment right now to design a lesson plan and teach a 20-30 minute lesson. My host teacher is allowing me one of her small groups that is behind on reading comprehension to teach my lesson to. I'm terrified that I'll waste these poor kids' time! How could a professional do that?? Those kids are lucky to have you!

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Back to work

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

He everyone,

As I wait for someone to take me to the pool, I thought I'd share my day. Things went reasonably well. Our school has an early dismissal on Wednesdays for different types of collaboration times. Today was the day for team meetings, so I was free to work in my other classroom. Wow, anytime a teacher has a sub, there is a lot of work to do to get things back in order. This was no exception, and I had a lot to do, especially given the fact that I had my son sub from October until December followed by another guy from January until today. My body has handled most of the physical demands on it at this point. I had a lot of cleaning up and organizing to do, whew. I'll know more after I get my workout in. I can't let the pool go, just because I am back to work because that is where my healing is coming from.

Things are continuing to move slowly on the homefront. I am going to have to push my kids a bit harder now than before, because I'll need them to hold things together for me. I decided to leave my wheel chair at my morning school because the halls are much longer there. Some of the issues have been changed at my afternoon school and I get tostay in my little room all day rather than traveling around, so I will use my walker there. It seems like a good plan as of now anyway.

Now, I've got to get to that pool. Take care of yourselves and do what it takes to be your best! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/30/2010 11:30PM

    Glad that you have a ride to the pool & that your day went fairly well. Life is good. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon

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14JESUSGIRL 4/29/2010 8:56PM

    Glad you had a good day!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 4/29/2010 7:49PM

    I am so glad things went fairly well for you today. It seems as if you have been through so much. Glad you got to go swimming. Hang in there my Spark Friend.
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LOULOUBELLE2 4/29/2010 4:50PM

    So glad that things went fairly smooth at school for you.............Just take it one day at a time and don't overdue. Good for you to get to emoticonafter all that's ging on...Your keeping that streak going aren't you. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/28/2010 11:10PM

    You amaze me with your ability and adaptability.

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BLESSED2BEME 4/28/2010 9:37PM

    emoticon Your plan sounds very good! Praying that your family contributes!

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JHADZHIA 4/28/2010 9:19PM

    That is good you found a solution for using the walker and wheelchair! Enjoy your pool time!!
My thoughts are with you!!
{{{gentle hugs}}}}

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MTNGRL 4/28/2010 9:00PM

    I am so glad today went reasonably well. Leaving the chair at the first school and using the walker at the second school seems like a good idea. I am glad you are still going to have pool time, it is so important for your healing. The children will just have to pick up their share of things at home. A family is made up of all its members doing what they can to help with the many things that need to be done to keep it running smoothly. Keeping you in prayer! hugs!!

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Tuesday, 4/27 Moving along

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Good Morning,

I am trying to get adjusted to the medication that I am taking--it sure makes me sleepy. That's a good/bad thing because the sleepiness takes over whenever it wants and sometimes it is at the wrong time. It is helping with some of my pain issues, and I am giving thanks for that.

I am waiting to talk to my doctor's office again about coming back to work full days. It will either be tomorrow or Thursday, depending on how we can make contact with each other. (The person I need to talk to is out of the office today, but if I understood the message correctly, it is saved on the computer and someone else can help me. I'll find out for sure when I call them back.

Yesterday was my really hungry day--I managed to stick with my plan, but it was sure a challenge. I wonder what caused that. It's probably another thing I can blame on the medication I'm now taking. It took all of my willpower to walk by the vending machine at the fitness center and stick with the grape tomatoes and watermelon chunks I brought with me. I did it though, yay for me.

I wish you all a perfect day--get in some extra activity, drink your water, and make healthy eating choices. You can do it!!

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    I hate meds that make me sleepy or hungry. Heck I hate meds period. Always have. LOL.

I hope they will let you go back to work full time.

You did real well with the temptations. There is usually very little at all in vending machines worth eating.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 4/27/2010 6:29PM

    I am glad your pain is somewhat relieved and congratulations for not getting anything out of that vending machine. That took a lot of courage.

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JHADZHIA 4/27/2010 2:08PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Good on you resisting temptation! I am glad your medication is doing some good!
Busy day here -two session bridge, one I am running, and the best donuts I ever had will be tempting me tonight. Part of our hospitality of welcoming new players..
Hope your day goes well and you get good news from work!

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    Glad you were able to say "I stayed on plan" during a challenging hunger day!

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AMBER_MLE 4/27/2010 12:44PM

    Yummy, I had some watermelon for my snack last night and it was so good! Glad you've got some medication that's helping you with your pain, but it's too bad it makes you so tired. Lots of pain killers will do that, I found that out when I got my wisdom teeth out...oh man, I'd take 2 of the pills they gave me and I'd be passed out within a half hour. Have a great day!

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LOULOUBELLE2 4/27/2010 11:01AM

    Hope you get that call back about work work schedule. emoticonwith the watermelon and grape tomatoes. Both are so yummy, but have never eaten them both at the same time. Will have to try that.
Gentle emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 4/27/2010 10:11AM

    Woo Hoo on the grape tomatoes and watermellon. They both sound really good to me right now and it's only 8 am for me!

I have a medication I need to take occassionally and it makes me sleepy. I hate that part. I feel for you as being sleepy can cause us to give up on our journey so fast. Good for you for sticking with it! emoticon

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BARBIE115 4/27/2010 9:58AM

  Yay for you is right. Stay strong. You'll get there.

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Friday 4/23 Getting better

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hi everyone,

I am giving thanks tonight. I am feeling better and a bit more in control again. I think that injection--Kenalog--took the bite off of what my fibro was doing to me. I am back on Neurontin (for neurological pain) and Cymbalta (for fibro). It will take a couple of weeks forthe meds to work completely, but part of the getting a nerontin level is dealing with the side effect of sleepiness. For me right now, that is a good thing and I had an awesome nap tonight. I had a couple of nights of good sleep when I was sick last week, but my sleep has been deteriorating rapidly and that is the fibro speaking. My rheumy was quite concerned about my present condition and told me that it was hard to define where the arthritis flare ended and the fibro flare took over. Most people don't have flares in both conditions at the same time, but welcome to my world. My rheumy is a man of some UK background, with a great brogue accent and he is the most thorough and kind gentleman ever. His face shows his distress when I am in such awful shape.

My pain doc is out of town for next week, but I have an appointment with him on his first clinic date, May 7. I don't know what he can do for me--I am fearful of increasing my narcotic pain relief, so it will need to be something else. I think that I have known all along that I needed to call out for help with htis and I knew where my help would come from, but it was necessary to make sure that the ugly stuff hadn't resurfaced. Having had one bone infection makes me vulnerable to a repeat episode and it is good news to know that that isn't my current problem.

I called my surgeon'soffice about returning to work full time today but they didnt return my call, so I have at least one more half-day to work. I spent some extra time today trying to work with the para in my building to resolve some issues that are surfacing. I have never witnessed the problem, but she needed a heads up that our boss and at least another person were complaining. I have witnessed really good work from this lady and I don't want her to end up in the tough work environment that I am in. All of our paras are in a state of limbo because with the budget issues, they don't know if they have a job next year, or if they have a job--where or what it may consist of. She doesn't need any other stress. On a related note, I think I am headed to more of the same that I have dealt with over and over this year. Grr-rr, at least I have the ability to retire on my side.

The things within our family have shown improvement. My husband has been talking to our lawyer all week and it seems as if the mortgage people problems are coming to an end, I won't rest until I see it in writing, but it looks like it is settling down. My son is coming around as well--he knows what he needs to do and is getting started on things, albeit slowly for my taste. He has a lot to do but has gotten started. Since he is without health insurance, heis going to have to jump through hoops to get service at our local mental health center--they won't even accept info from his previous doctors which I think is insulting since he has beent reated for his conditions since he was 3 years old. However, they offer a sliding fee scale and it is a way to get started. I plan to be involved in every step of this even if he is 20 years old and "an adult." I am fearful that he won't share the internet problem in the way I see it and I think they will have to know that it has interfered with his life. He has only asked to go online a couple of times recently and hasn't responded with anger. However, he rides his bike to the library while I am at work and uses the internet there--it is time restricted and content restricted, so I guess I have to accept this as something he can do (unfortunately.) Tomorrow, I have to let him go online to file for unemployment, that is how it is done now. He may need to use it tolook for a job too, and all I can do is look over his shoulder.

it is good to feel a bit more in control of things right now and it helps to know that my prayers are being answered. The thing withmy son's job was ugly and although I rallied to help get his job back, I am hoping that this helps to get things back in order for him. Working third shift for so long has probably added a great deal to his issues and I hope he can move on. I asked God to help me help him and I think this is what has went on. It won't be an easy journey, but it is necessary.

Now, if we could only get the cable TV fixed correctly, lol. One miracle at a time, I guess. It is good to feel better!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/26/2010 12:41AM

    Looks like slowly but surely things are improving for you. I hate that you've been in so much pain. Glad that there is help on the horizon. I'll keep you and yours in my prayers my friend. Love, Dawn

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FUNNYGRANNY71 4/24/2010 5:29PM

    It seems as if things are finally beginning to work out for you and your family. I must tell you that I really admire how you continue to do what you need to when you are in so much pain. That is not an easy accomplishment. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Thinks are looking up and I'm relived for you. emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 4/24/2010 2:25PM

    Oh my gosh Sylvia, all I can say to this entire blog is that my prayers for you are being answered, Yes slowly, but we all know that God answers in His timing not ours. You are a survivor and it showing........... My prayers continue. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 4/24/2010 7:43AM

    I certainly don't envy you having to deal with two conditions at once, that is horrible :( I wish I could get the sleep you got, that must feel good! I only got three hours last night and have a very long day ahead of me. Bridge tourney this morning and then working a bridge game tonight, both with all bad food temptations at them :( Bridge players like their snack foods! I am taking healthy stuff to tonight's game, but have no control over the tourney. Its all their choices for lunch and breakfast servings. I am glad your son is doing better. I don't understand why that health center wouldn't accept info from previous treatment. That just doesn't make any sense. Most medical professionals would love a history, to see what has been done before, and what worked, etc. to see the patterns.
Sorry about your frustrating work :( Good for you to help that woman!
I hope you can have a restful, relaxing weekend!
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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Wednesday, 4/21 Fibromyalgia

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hi everyone,

Today was my appointment with my back doctor and it was short and well, it was short. Good news is that there are no new issues in my back--no infections, stress fractures, etc...and it continues to be fusing after the big surgery. The bad news is that he offered nothing to help me with the pain and no explanation for it. His only suggestion was to see a pain management doc--hmm, I already do. I called for an appointment and got their voice mail.

I also called and made an emergency appointment with my rheumy--I'm getting in tomorrow. I am guessing that it is time to bite the billet and get back on some type of medication. I think part of the reason I am not feeling better after the bug that everyone had is my fibromyalgia. I used to take four prescriptions to help with it and although I never want to get back on as many things as I had before, I think it is reasonable to take something to get this back under some control. It is such a grungy condition when it is flaring and that just needs to be avoided. The lousy thing is that for the some ten years that I have had this diagnosis, it has never been at rest. The big new medication, Lyrica, has these perfectly awful cmmercials that make things look so delightful and easy to care for. The honest truth is that it may be more debilitating than conditions that destroy organs, bones, joints--because it is unrelenting in disturbing sleep, mood, all-over body feelings and general well-being. Now there are some idiots out there that want to make it a mental health condition instead of leaving it as a medical condition that needs study and treatment.

My other options will come from my pain doc. He is the best guy ever and if there is something that can be done to give me some relief. He has been a friend and a support for me for a very long time. He is the doc I ask for whenever I need any surgery for my anesthesiologist. He was my anest. for the birth of my youngest son and he has been with me for 2 of 3 knee replacements, my knee maniputalions, both of my back surgeries, my most recent surgeries, all of the treatment sessions I had for RSD, and my chiro appointments. He went with me and helped the chiro to work on my legs--he even took me into surgery and did a sympathetic nerve block before a major chiro appointment to relieve the faschia tissue (ART) and get the scar tissue building in my post-op knee to loosen up. Once, he treated me with a similar block and lifted me into our van because of the numbness in my legs. He has givenme his home phone number to call when I need something--but I have only done that twice (because of an uncooperative nurse in the pain clinic who messed up my prescriptions.) I trust him implicitly. And I need him now.

All of this needs attention really fast because I need to return to work full days asap--Monday is what I am hoping for. I have to get past whatever is upsetting my entire system right now. I know that stress owns a chunk of that, but I was ill before all of these big ugly new stresses came up. My back has been raging since February. I have made so many good, healthy changes in my way of life that I am out of tricks. I am calling out the calvary--and everything is going to get better, in every way and in every arena. There are no other choices.

I'd like to thank you for your prayers and support as I muddle through things. My faith is strong, but it really helps to have other people in my world to give me a boost. You have all been so wonderful. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will keep you all posted as things improve.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 4/23/2010 4:43PM

    I am so sorry to hear you are in so much pain. It is wonderful to have doctors who actually care and I hope that he can help you again. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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JRSWHIMSY 4/22/2010 3:42PM

    I'm glad that you have a wonderful doc that you trust. I hope things get better quickly!

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LOULOUBELLE2 4/22/2010 11:24AM

    You know that my Heart and Prayers are with you...continue to have faith, He will see you through this stressful & painful time..
(((((Hugs, Sylvia)))))

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HANGINON 4/22/2010 9:29AM

    Hang in there, and hopefully, you'll get some pain relief very soon. emoticon emoticon Cathy

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DAISYBELL6 4/22/2010 8:35AM

    My heart and hopes go out to you. I empathize with back problems and fibromyalgia. There is just no rhyme or reason with these conditions. Hope you get the help you need.


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KKKAREN 4/22/2010 7:12AM

    Hang in there, this too shall pass with the right meds. I hope you get better soon.

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    I am so sorry that you're in so much pain my precious friend. You will continue to be in my prayers. I hope that the doctors can help you with the pain and mobility issues. I love you, Dawn

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    I know that one of these doctors will be able to help you get back to an acceptable quality of life. emoticon

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