Thursday, March 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
I continue to be very busy during break. One thing that is on my mind is that I have a lot of pain in my shoulder. My physical therapist thinks that I am "an overachiever" and have worked it too hard. She advised me to ice it down frequently and let the weights go for a few days--and when it calms down, to bring them back gently and at the most every other day. My arm is aching from my shoulder down to my wrist--she cut our session short because I even winced during the BTE machine today. Arghhh--overachiever??? Usually my efforts don't result in pain.
I saw one of my docs yesterday and got to school in time for my little student's lesson. He must have been tired or something because he cried when it was time for him to solve a word and read. I think everyone needs a break sometimes. As for me, I didn't get much of a chance to write yesterday or today. I am trying to finish up a powerpoint and have forgotten how to crop photos and add them in where I want them... I will just have to go to our "Atomic learning" program and revisit power points. I haven't done many and I haven't done any in a few years. The purpose of the power point is to go along with a document I created to instruct people who work with kids during the summer how to enrich their activities with literacy and higher order thinking. I think it might get a lot of use.
I worked on some of the kids' taxes today and then went to school. I got a bit of work done in my classroom and a bit done on my National Boards. Tomorrow, I have an appointment with my pain doc at 8 AM and the day will be for my real writing and work.
As for me, right now--the ice on my shoulder is calming it down a bit. My son is cooking dinner with some help from his dad--and after dinner, I'm going to the pool for my workout and some relaxation too. I enjoy that sauna after I work out so much, it calms down my body a lot. I am not planning any St. Patrick's Day festivities. Now that we are on break during this little holiday, I cannot say I do much for or about it. It is a colorful day though and I appreciate the culture that goes with it.
Have a great week--the first part has flown by so fast!!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
After 2 days of my spring break, I have come to realize that I might need a break from my break, lol. Let's see if I can share what I have been up to...
I started my day by sleeping in a bit! I think my brain knew what was coming. I ran a couple of errands and then had an appointment with my rheumy. (For those who haven't needed a doc like this, a rheumy is short for rheumatologist, an arthritis specialist.) He believes that a big source of my problems is my fibromyalgia. He started me on a new medication called "savella." It is a titrated dose that I will be on in full strength within two weeks and we will know if that will help some of my pain issues. He also gave me the name of a back doc, and interestingly enough that it is the same name I got from my pain doc and one of the names mentioned by my ortho. I have an appointment in about a month with a different doc who was referred by my PCP. I am liking this idea because this doc isn't related to my back doc by organization or hospital or even state. I think these fresh eyes make a lot of sense.
I left there and went to work to take down all of the wintry decorations and went with a lot of springtime. I need springtime and I want to share that with my students. I taught a reading lesson to one of my first graders and when his mom came to pick him up, she brought me a delightful, hand-made gift.
This "vase of spring" is all candy. My student's mother made these with Girl Scouts--the "flowers" and "smiling faces" are all chocolate, the vase is made of pixie stix and the "soil/water" are M&Ms. It is so cute--and I am thinking that all of that candy will end up being in Easter baskets or at a coming birthday party, because as cute and as tempting as they might be, well, I don't need those empty calories. I took several photos to keep to enjoy my gift in my way.
I went from there to home for dinner and then to the pool last evening. It was a very "short" day.
Today was a lot busier. I started my day out at my son's school. It seemed as if the principal is avoiding me. I was pretty blunt with him a couple of weeks ago, but I offered both an apology and a solution. He sure seemed to have ducked behind his door when I was in the office the first time. I left him two sets of information on Aspergers, one that I highlighted to make going through them a bit easier. I went with my son to see one of his teachers about grades and assignments, but it is my guess that we wasted our time. I tried...
I came home long enough to pick up my oldest daughter and we went to pay some bills and do some grocery shopping. It is sure nice to see the price of fresh berries come down!! I took her to work and went home to clean veggies and fruits, and to get them ready for snacking. Yummy.
Our 20 year old son took me to school where I worked on my power point to train summer activity providers in enriching their activities with literacy. Next, I taught my little student his lesson. Then, I went to physical therapy for my dose of "pain and torture." Right after that was my appointment with my ortho. He is happy with my shoulder progress and we agreed that I will call him if I need something, but I don't need another appointment for my shoulder as it is.
I go home and helped to fix dinner. I also helped our youngest son do a project that was late for the teacher we talked to in the morning. There were a lot of steps to this activity and it took us well over 3 hours, so I missed going to the pool. I did some exercises at home to "kind of" make up the difference before tackling a couple of cleaning jobs. It is now time for some sparking before bed.
My schedule will calm down some with the remainder of break after Wednesday being mostly about my doctors appointments, writing for my National Boards and exercise. As for now, I am feeling satisfaction in the good work I am getting done. It is hard for me to get anything done when I am working except work and work-related activities. I love being a teacher, it is a job that I was meant for. It isn't the silly thing that people joke about. I rarely get time off of my job--when I am not serving students, I am doing paperwork, setting up lessons, working on my classroom, attending meetings with families or staff, and other related things. I do teach/ tutor students on "my own time" and I spend a fair amount of money on the materials I need to do my job. This is not what people in other professions do. I also continually go back to school or for trainings. I have a MA plus some 50 hours beyond that along with additional credentials. I take my work seriously and give it all I can and more than is reasonable most days. That is why when people joke about teacher schedules and hours or when the recent comments I read while all of the political things were going on about teachers being greedy or lazy or whatever really bother me. I have offered every politician and comment maker I have spoken with the opportunity to do a bit of job shadowing with me. Funny thing, none of them have ever taken me up on that!!
Have a great week--I am going to try and do the same. I know I will be busy!! (And they say it will be 60 here tomorrow, YAY!!)
PS--I just found this and realized that I didn't post it last night--oh well, it's as true on Wednesday as it was on Tuesday!!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I just woke up from a nap. A nap--that's right and it was quite a nap. I slept for over 4 hours. That is unbelievable for me. I had some chores to do and I sat down in my recliner and I don't know how or why, but I slept through doing my chores, my errands and dinner. I took a nap even with all of that to do. I don't have my activity for children's church ready for tomorrow yet and we don't have any food for the bunny.
I don't get to take naps often and that is why I am surprised. I think that being overly stressed probably gave me this gift. I am sure that anyone reading this is surprised that I am chatting about a nap like it is some unusual item of high value or something, but with the hectic pace of my life recently, I haven't had a chance to do anything for myself. I had planned to catch up on my spark teams tonight, so I apologize for that.
Sleep is such an important part of healthy living, but because I have this body that hurts so much and so often combined with the life of a mother of eight who works a very demanding full time job, it doesn't happen for me the way it might for other people. This nap may be the first gift of my spring break. I can create my own song--"On the first day of spring break, I gave myself a nap." I guess I'll just have to wait and see gift I can give myself on the second day of spring break (besides daylight savings time, ha ha.)
I went grocery shopping at 8AM to start my day. Then, I spent 4 hours at my son's school with him for his music contest today. He was a bit overwhelmed with all of the people who were there and he didn't quite understand the schedule. It helped me to remember who he is and the things that are tough for someone with Aspergers. I am lucky to have the connections I have--I have a stack of good information from the psychologist I work with and I am going to read some of it in a bit to prepare for the meeting with the staff in his building on the 21st. We had lunch there and then came home to do some chores at home before going to the fitness center. I had an almost good session at the pool until the lifeguard of the day decided to close the pool up 15 minutes early. I fussed because I planned my time out to get my workout in and I needed that time. She finally relented with only 5 minutes left, but by then I was irritated a lot and I told her it was going into a letter of complaint that I am writing to the manager. She isn't a good lifeguard consistently and I am amazed that they do not do something to either help her to do her job correctly or that they let her go. There are plenty of good people who would be glad to have a job and you would think that she would care a bit more.
I had a good workout in spite of her--I got to the pool at the right time and missed a lot of the noisier families. The water was a bit warmer than its been all week as well and that helps me. I have been bringing my small hand weights and doing some strength training along with my regular workout right there in the pool. It seems like anything I do is easier and more comfortable there. We made a couple of stops on the way home and then, I sat down to delegate tasks to the kids--and somehow, I fell asleep.
I think I am going to marvel about my nap a bit longer as I move on to what needs to be done in the next few minutes before I get ready for bed. Have a great new week, one and all!!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
It has been quite a week and as you all know, I have been a bit less than visible. This week has been full of lots of work, progress reports (report cards), family issues, medical issues, car problems and I don't know what else. 2011 has become quite a handful for me.
I am looking forward to the next 2 weeks of intersession. I have a lot to do between serious work at my son's school before the meeting on the 21st. The teacher I am upset with has been "messing with me" all week and it has not been fun. I am rallying my troops and collecting informationa nd support to manage that problem.
I have a medical appointment every other day of the break. I have also made all of my follow up appointments and finally chatted with the people my PCP referred me to--they call their office "The Spine Clinic" and that makes me feel like maybe, just maybe I am on the right track. I have an appointment to see the other guy in a couple of weeks for the follow up on my bone scan. (I am assuming it turned out okay or they would have chased me down.) I also have an appointment with my pain doc and well, like I said, the list goes on.
My big goal is to get a lot of work done on my National Boards renewal. Tomorrow is my youngest son's first music contest day, so I am spending my day with him and Sunday, I have children's church. After that, each day will give me at least 3 hours for writing. I am doing three days of extra reading lessons for one of my students and I am taking down all of the snow related decorations in my classroom and making some indoors spring time. (YAY!)
However, that will leave me enough time for some chores at home, a lot more SP, my daily time at the pool, and some extra rest too!! I need this break, no doubt about it.
Gentle hugs--and happy spring break!!
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