Lots of news!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My life has been all over the place the last few months. I have been super busy, but mostly in a good way.

The biggest news is that I got a full time job! With benefits! Finally. I started about a month ago. I work for the state, handling disability determinations for social security. The job is pretty good so far. The hardest part is that I'm on probation for an entire year, which seems like quite a long time, but my boss is great, my team is great, and I'm very very happy. It's been hard, particularly while I was working full time with two part time jobs at night, but now that some of my part time gigs are winding down, it's getting much much easier.

I did get some bad news from the doctor. Apparently, I have a second severe breathing disorder that was never discovered because I had asthma. Docs always assumed that when I complained of trouble breathing, I just was having asthma issues. They never found this other problem. I'm glad they found it now because it explains a lot problems I have running. I'm always gasping for air when I run, no matter how fast or slow. It explains the mini seizure back in August. They hope to be able to fix it within a year or two, or at least have it more under control by then.

The news does mean that I had to switch up my running stuff. I can't run outside anymore (grass/trees set off my allergies which sets off the new breathing troubles), and I have to run in a gym with people, so that if I have serious problems, there will be someone to call for help. The doctors were not thrilled with the idea of my continued running, but it's such an important part of my life now that I wasn't willing to give it up. I don't mind the treadmill so much anymore. I miss exploring my neighborhoods, and the idea of racing, but I'm trying to do everything I can to manage this new disease.

Otherwise, life is good. I've been happy and healthy. And that's all I can really ask for.
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    emoticon on the new job and emoticon for benefits. The probation period does seem a bit long but being a government job it isn't surprising.

    I hope that the new breathing disorder is under control quickly for you and that the treatment plans work long term.
    2620 days ago
    Congratulations on the new job! That's fantastic news!!!!

    Sorry to hear about the health problem--asthma is bad enough by itself! But hopefully at least with the new diagnosis you'll have more success in managing and/or treating the problem, and will be better and healthier in the end!
    2620 days ago
    Wow, what a positive outlook you have! It's a joy to hear all that is happening for you, especially in the frame of mind with which you approach life.

    God bless!
    2620 days ago
    emoticon on the job!

    And I am sorry to hear about the breathing issues, but I am glad you will be safer when working out now, and you have an explanation for that seizure.
    2620 days ago
    Congrats on the job!! And congrats on finding a way to continue running. Hopefully the docs will get your health issues worked out soon.
    2620 days ago
    glad you are on the right path and are enjoying life - you are a real inspiration and deserve to be happy - take care of you.
    2620 days ago
    So glad the right job turned up. Good for your ego as well as your checking account. Sorry about the health issues, but sounds like you have made peace with it & are adjusting. Good luck.
    2620 days ago
    Congrats on the job! emoticon I'm sorry to hear about the breathing troubles, but I hope having a diagnoses helps you deal with it effectively. And good for you for not using it as an excuse to give up!
    2620 days ago
    Congrats on the new job, sounds wonderfu!!l (I have a number of Spark friends not having any luck, so I know how hard it is to find something)
    So sorry you have to deal with a new disease :(( I just can't imagine what its like not to be able to breathe, it would be so scary :(( It great they feel they can help, but taking so long -a year or two?? Wow!! I guess at least, it would put you mind at ease to know what is really wrong.
    I really admire your courage to want to continue to run in spite of this condition!
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