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Sunday, 8/7 Tough week of work and dental work

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Hi all,

My week has been absolutely hectic. I am doing okay, but it is hard to come up with a few minutes to blog these days. I know that this is what going back to work is about for me.

I was here last on Tuesday and had an appointment to see my doc the next day about issues with my lab work. After all of my plans to take care of myself, I postponed that appointment until Tuesday of this week. I decided that missing that meeting and having to go to other schools to catch up on the "Bloodborne Pathogens" mandated training and about six other things that the state of IL requires us to have annual training on was not something I had time to do. (Every year, we have to watch a video on bloodborne pathogens and how to protect ourselves against treating bleeding kids and ending up with HIV or Hepatitis. The nurse facilitates these videos, but after doing this for some 18 of the past 25 years, I am not sure what is new in this field. The videos are "cheesy" and pseudo-gross as well.)

Thursday was busy and I am still trying to select students and make a schedule, but I am waiting on the rest of the teachers to get back to me with their schedules. I have over 100 students who need a program and I cannot do that. I am hoping to do something innovative so that I can see extra kids by working within the classroom programs. I know that seeing more kids is a tough deal for me and different for them--but I can double the number of children that I see without working a lot of extra hours.

After work, I left for my oral surgery appointment. I had a lot of work done in my mouth and am still recovering now. I decided that with everything I had endured up until now, that I would opt to be awake and use local anesthesia for this work, saving money and avoiding that "sleepiness" from anesthesia. It is too late to do it over, but I should have went the other route. It took some 24+ injections to numb my mouth up and my face was numb for hours, especially up my nasal passages making breathing tough. Anyway, I had 7 teeth extracted and gum work done. I left with a mouth full of stitches and although it is improving, it isn't good yet. Eating is a real chore--soft foods that don't seem to be very filling. Applesauce and juice are my source of fruits and veggies right now--and I am craving stuff I never eat. Hmm, this is another sign that eating is emotional as much as physical (at least for me.)

I was able to go to work on Friday--far better than staying at home and feeling sorry for myself and I accomplished a lot behind the scenes. I still cannot start teaching as I am waiting for feedback from teachers and in getting my schedule finished. I am not feeling great about the new school year yet, but maybe, when I get to start seeing my students, it will come. Paperwork and meetings is the real down side to being an educator in this country I cannot think of anyone who got into teaching for that stuff. Meetings typically frustrate me because you are handed paper that explains the topic and the agenda--then you spend the entire meeting having someone read that stuff to you along with long periods of time debating items that don't have much significance to actual education.

Saturday was a bit better. I had lunch with my best friend--uh, soup for me, but we talked and talked and talked. I did some grocery shopping and some chores around the house. Then, I went to the water slide park with my youngest son and my 20 year old joined us. After we finished, we came home and regrouped--gathering my 22 and my 23 year olds and went bowling. I came home and had some macaroni and cheese for dinner. I went back to some spark time, but I fell asleep at the laptop. (I do that a lot--and I wake up during the night and sometimes cannot get back to sleep. I average 6 hours of sleep a night in pieces and parts.)

I am glad it is Sunday. We are having a Dixieland Jazz service at church today. I am going to try to do some videos or photos to share. We have flowers for the alter in honor of our 15 year old's birthday tomorrow. (Guess who gets her first drivers license this week?) We will go swimming somewhere today and we have to drive 45 minutes to the train station to pick up my 26 year old son who has been in LA at a wedding. He was supposed to get to go to Canada for another wedding this coming week, but he wouldn't have gotten back in time to start school at his new position. I am sorry that he has to miss that, but it is far more important for him to have a job doing what he is so gifted for doing. He will have this week to spend more time with me and in his classroom as he gets ready for his big first day of the school year. For him, my attitude about meetings won't quite apply and he will be like a hungry puppy taking in every second. The arguments about silly stuff like where to have children line up will have a different affect for him than they do for me.

From the way I feel, it will be another day of yogurt and cottage cheese for me. I really, really want a burger with slices of fresh tomatoes that my garden is producing by the handful now. Tomatoes are my favorite food and the ones from my garden are the best, big and juicy and yummy. I like them with cottage cheese, oh well, this will heal soon enough I guess. I go to see my doc on Tuesday and find out what is going on with my thyroid. (I now know what parts of my labwork were off. I also am now aware that sometimes thyroid issues plague women as they grow older and can mask themselves as some of the pain issues that my arthritis and fibromyalgia can cause. My doctor tested for a lot of things to make sure we were treating my health correctly. That makes sense to me--and I don't know a lot about thyroid issues. I am guessing that I will be sent to an endocrinologist for a more complete checkup.)

I cannot usually get more than a couple of blogs in a week during the school year. I have made a commitment to my body to get to the pool each day because it keeps me walking and moving with the least pain. With the fitness center still on their scheduled maintenance/ clean-up shutdown, I have to go earlier in the day at other pools, generally those outdoors and for "fun." It seems to take more time to work out at these pools, but it is also so much fun to be out in the fresh air when I exercise. I sure hope that you all have a great week. I recognize that it is still summer, our year round schedule is what has us back at school now.

Gentle hugs, one and all!!
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/7/2011 4:11PM

    Ouch on the dental work. I was cringing and I hope you are fully recovered soon.

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_LINDA 8/7/2011 1:33PM

    Taking care of your health should always be your first priority. So glad you have a Dr. who appears to be looking under every stone to figure out where your troubles are coming from. Here is to more success and more fixes for you. I live on fruit shakes. Got to admit mac and cheese was one of my favorite meals. Hope your administrative stuff is over with soon so you can get down to the real business of teaching..
Feel better soon. That is a pile of teeth to lose :((
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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MALKS_ARIA 8/7/2011 11:39AM

    Glad you were able to find out the general area of the test results that are in question... so you aren't worrying too much! Sounds like you are progressing although schedules is not set yet! Knowing you are back to work/school, I understand totally about not being able to blog as often!! Things like Working Out are a lot more important!!! We are here, and we cheer ya on!!!


aria

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Tuesday, 8/2 Day 2 of the 2011-12 school year

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Hi all,

I am definitely going to have to figure out how to juggle my time a bit better...

Today started with our big, all-district meeting at the high school. I didn't go to the breakfast because I only had a half an hour and I knew that I couldn't find anyone who had a key for the elevator in a timely way. OK, I planned for that and brought my breakfast. I sat through the meeting and enjoyed the message. Our district goal is to improve respect--adult to adult, adult to child, child to adult, child to child. Hmm, I guess they aren't thinking about the fact that respect has to be earned. They decided this based ont he results of the community wide surveys we do each spring and the issue of respect brought the safety scores way down.

We went back to school to work for a while and go out for lunch if we so chose. After that was our big building meeting. The doctor's office scheduled the procedure on my hip at 2, so I had to call in sick for the afternoon. I stayed as long as I could (on my own time, technically) and I made it to the doctor with 3 minutes to spare. However, it wasn't appreciated much by my building administrator. Anyway, I received 7 injections in my right hip and I have it on ice right now. I also let them know that the altered dose of Savella seems to be working better for me.

When I got home, I had another call from her, apparently there are some issues with my blood/ lab work. She then contacted my PCP and he had an opening for 11 tomorrow. I took it because this is worrying them--but I think it means I am going to have to leave another meeting early. I am thinking I may end up in a sticky wicket with her. However, one of my personal goals for myself is that I come before my job for now and evermore.

Our heat index was 108 today. On the way home, I stopped at our only teacher store to buy some materials for a new wall display I want to make. I cramped up on the way home and after a bunch of big trips to the bathroom, I took a 90 minute nap. Then, I went to Whitewater Junction to exercise with 2 of my sons.

I came home and had dinner. I have tried to take care of things here at home and do some sparking. I think I need to get some sleep now and worry about tomorrow then.

I have a plan!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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FUNGRANNY72 8/5/2011 6:31PM

  I am so sorry you are in so much pain. I am glad to hear you say your health comes first. I found out a long time ago if you don't take care of yourself, no one else will. (maybe our husbands will and our children).

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/4/2011 9:15PM

    I hope that the labs are nothing serious. Take care of yourself.

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EMRANA 8/3/2011 9:07AM

  Yes, your health comes first and double yes to sleeping now and worrying about tomorrow tomorrow. All worrying does is deprive us of peace right now. We need peace.

Good luck with the lab results today. I'll be looking for your blog later in case you want to share with us.

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MALKS_ARIA 8/3/2011 5:14AM

    STANDING "O"!!!!!!!! Yes, I mean it!! You deserve it!!!

Good Job taking care of Yourself!!!
I have noticed that people want to infringe their "needs" and "wants" on everyone (yeah they are the boss, but honestly they answer to your Dr as much as you do...)
You are doing a great job... and You know that getting the injections, and going to the Dr before you have the kids in the classroom, will reduce the stress and chaos of starting school with a Sub (even for half a day, is rough... cuz even with one day with a sub on the first week when they are learning the rules and expectations... it often gets all mucked up, and takes more than a day to bring it back to successful school year!!!)
and YOU know, that You in less pain means more learning time for your students, and a more successful year for everyone involved!!!

So I applaud you!!!!

aria

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_LINDA 8/3/2011 2:08AM

    So glad you are minding your Dr.'s and putting your health first. Dr.'s don't worry for nothing. Better they be on top of every little thing before it becomes a major thing! Well done with your food, you probably gave yourself a better breakfast then what you might have gotten at their breakfast. That is strange the elevator needs a key, what ever happened to accessibility??
{{{gentle hugs}}
Linda

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Monday, 8/1 The First Day of School

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Hi Everyone,

I had planned to write a blog about Scott County Park, where we had a family outing yesterday--but I cannot figure out how to download the photos off of my new phone.

About that phone--it is nice and it is a gift from my husband because my former phone won't work in the new school. The problem with it is that I just don't know how to work it. I can't listen to my messages and I don't know how to find phone numbers (if I really saved them) I will figure it out, but things like that take time. Hmm, that;s my problem!

Tomorrow is the district's first day back. Teachers have a few extra days on our calendar. This year, somehow we got something good out of it. It was an actual day to work in our classrooms and get ready for teaching--and our building administrator wasn't allowed to hold one single meeting. YAY!! I did a lot of work--and I left before 5 today.

Tomorrow starts with a breakfast--there will be lots of fruit, yummy--and I can pick and choose of the muffins, bagels, and other stuff to do okay. Anyway, after that, we have our speeches and pep talk about how great we are and everything we are going to accomplish. After that ends, we have lunch time and then the big long faculty meeting.

I am going to be upsetting the principal tomorrow by leaving that meeting early because I have to go to the doctor to have another set of injections in my right hip, I really need this care because there is still a problem in my hip. I start out kind of okay, but as the day wears on, so does my hip. I called in sick, so I can actually miss the entire meeting, but I will stay for the beginning because I shouldn't miss this particular meeting. Anyway, this isn't going to put me in her good graces.

I went to Whitewater Junction after I got home today with Micah. It is owned by the park board, so while the fitness center is on it's annual 2 week shutdown for cleaning and maintenance, we can go there for free. I will be able to work out there as long a the weather is not lousy. The water was find, a bit warm today, but the pool is beautiful and so is the scenery. I expect to be there a lot unless we all of a sudden have some unseasonable weather in the next two weeks.

On Wednesday, the kids start at school for just an hour--and then we have more meetings. Thursday is the "real thing" but I cannot start teaching then even if I was ready to go. My kids need that first complete day with their teachers to learn regular routines and rules. I won't see them on Friday either--as much because I will be recuperating from dental surgery that I'm having on Thursday night.

I think my week is planned and all I have to do is put myself on automatic pilot. Have a great week yourself--and let's all talk soon!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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JESSALOU7 8/3/2011 9:30PM

    Wow! The new school year already! My husband is a teacher and he doesn't start back for in-service days until Aug. 25th. Best wishes for the new school year!

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EMRANA 8/2/2011 9:33AM

  Bravo for putting yourself first and getting your hip injections even though you have to miss their "important" meeting. I'm sure there will be plenty of people who can give you the details later ~ and you'll need to start the school year with the best health support you can!

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MALKS_ARIA 8/2/2011 1:20AM

    Hope you have a great week!!!

Don't over do, but do what needs to get done!!

aria

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Saturday. 7/30 What I have done in July!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hi everyone,

It sure seems like time is doing more than flying these days... I have accomplished a lot this month...

I have had 14 medical appointments not counting physical therapy. I have tutored some 56 students in reading and closed out a summer park program that was fairly innovative. We could imbed teachers into lots of places where groups of children are found to add a bit of literacy to their time off. They really loved it after we got going and they realized it wasn't "school." I took my first grad class in 16 years and learned my way around an online classroom. I also learned a lot of solid information about languages, their origins, and learning other languages. I set up my classroom for the most part and helped my son set up his very first classroom to the best of my ability. I helped work in my flower garden, my veggie garden, and my hosta and coleus garden this year for the first time in over 0 years. I actually have a healthy tan...

As for Sparking--my streaks are alive. I exercise daily and mostly in the pool. I have been getting in over 10,000 steps on a regular basis. I eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day and I drink from 10-12 glasses of water each day. I log-in here and do as much as I can in my limited time.

By the way, my doctor thought my nausea and vomiting was due to the Savella and she gave me a handful of 25 mg samples. We are cutting my dose from 100 to 75mg a day. If that doesn't work, she has a plan B as always. She thought that we should do more steroid injections in my right hip next week and she ordered lab work to take care of observing my liver and kidney and thyroid functioning. Things are going well with my newest exercise routine I got from the pool therapy staff.

I am moving in the right direction. As always, I thank you for your support. I have a lot of new spark friends and I am trying to get to as many of my "vintage friends" as well as my new friends. You are, like the old Brownie song--silver and/or gold!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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FUNGRANNY72 8/1/2011 4:33PM

  Just reading all that you accomplished in the past months makes me tired. I wish I had just half of your energy. You are a good role model not just for your students, but for people like me.

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MALKS_ARIA 7/31/2011 9:07PM

    woohoooo!!! So much conquered!!! My month doesn't sound nearly as packed as yours, but wow!! Great Job!!!

aria

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/31/2011 8:01PM

    As usual, Sylvia, you are amazing!!

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ANOVELGAL 7/31/2011 1:47PM

    Wow! You are one busy woman! :) I tried Savella at the beginning & had the same problem with nausea. I had to stop it. You are an inspiration to us all! emoticon

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EMRANA 7/31/2011 11:36AM

  You always amaze me in how much you accomplish!

I'm glad your doctor has a Plan B and I hope you get rid of that nausea very soon.

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_LINDA 7/31/2011 1:34AM

    I have no idea how you get this all done!! You are one fast moving dynamo!! Great work keeping up all aspects of your healthy lifestyle while loaded down with all this activity!
You are amazing!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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Wednesday, 7/27 Some fun with linguistics...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hi everybody,

I finished up the last two days of assignments for my class tonight. That gives me most of the last two days of my summer to do most of what I wish. I have an appointment with my spine doctor Thursday afternoon--but that is all I am committed to except for the reading lessons I am giving to one of my little students. I am hoping to have a bit of family fun over the weekend--I need to decide what I am going to do. My husband has worked for the past 23 days in a row and there appears to be no end in sight to that, so whatever fun I want to have, has to be around his work schedule.

Today's reading was about "Mock Spanish" which was something I had never heard of before. It is when a non-Spanish speaker plays around with Spanish words and adds them to an English statement, effectively poking fun at somebody or their culture. The articles I read quoted politicians and celebrities, and it was easy enough to see why most of them were rude. The following assignment was to respond to a you tube video on gestures. I really thought this was interesting and a bit enjoyable and I want to share the link with you all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxoB6MhmbIg
It was interesting to see how gestures of a variety of types are not consistent around the world.

I had a strange day and for now, all I can tell you is that this school year may be one to try my values, good judgement, and work relationships. I think I am stronger as a person than some people who are in charge realizes and I just about have a plan ironed out to keep my integrity while dealing with a big issue. some people really stretch the boundaries of right and wrong.

Anyway, I am going to enjoy the last of our brief summer break. I am looking forward to a fresh school year in many ways, but I also wouldn't be telling the truth if I didn't admit that I am not ready for my summer break to end.

Have a great day, my friend--be good to yourselves!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/29/2011 8:30PM

    I wish you had more time off too. You work way too hard. I hope you have a good school year and that they will appreciate what they have in you.

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FUNGRANNY72 7/28/2011 1:23PM

  I think you have worked hard enough for now. try to get some rest and enjoy your family and the time you have left before you go back to work again. When I read your blogs I sometimes feel guilty because I do not work nearly has hard as you do. Mobility is one of my problems and stamina is another. For me this is a bad combination. When I was young I used to just do whatever I wanted to do without even thinking about it. On the other hand, the alternative could be much worse.

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MALKS_ARIA 7/28/2011 3:33AM

    wooohooo :) Almost ready to go back.... but I don't blame ya for wanting to enjoy your last few days of freedom. Dan has been bored for about 3 weeks... so he is very glad to have received the call saying "Start up date orientation is...." :) (School bus driving)... I am counting the weeks... as we still have 2 1/2 weeks left ... and Seth is at summer camp this week.

As an American Sign Language (ASL) Instructor... I knew most of the basic info about gestures... I have even been to Seminars/CE's About Gang Signs, and other Cultural Signs vrs ASL and how to identify, and call the students on the carpet regarding proper communication.

Hope you have a great week!!!! You can do it!!!!

aria

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