Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I cannot believe how much I was able to do in one day, but Monday was a testament to my resolve and hard work. On top of teaching all day, I finished all but two items on my 18 item "to do" list. I was able to finally get in with the principal. That was big on its own! I was able to get approval for my sub choice and to find out there was absolutely no changing minds on the other half of my day. I then submitted the letter I had written to explain program changes to families and get it approved. I also got to share my concerns about a few students and the Tertiary team and staff who are causing me so much difficulty. In return, she visited me later in the day with my evaluation write-up from the observation she did on September 16. (Our union president told me that she had 7-10 days to complete that, but who's counting? This is one of many typical things with her...)
Anyway, I got all of those letters printed and distributed to the children for their parents. I was contacted by the nurse at the local hospital clinic about the OR report they need at University Hospital who directed me to a medical records person. She took the information and promised to fax it to them. I was able to cancel four of five coming medical appointments. My dental appointment is waiting for the dental people to get back to me. I sent out information to the staff twice--once about the changes in my program and once about the coming ball game. I also worked with my friend and her therapy dog with my students, taught my lessons including a semi-cooking lesson with one group who made "ants on a log" that was the focus of a story we read, and I submitted a large stack of files to the principal for storage. I created a large packet of paperwork for submission to the folks in administration, found out the status of my FMLA paperwork and got information about the sick leave bank to help cover my time off of work. I met with a teacher about one of her students I am tutoring, created a summary document for her and the parent about the child's current level of functioning and her strengths and needs and I met with the parent after school. I did everything I could to contact another parent, but hit a roadblock because of disconnected phones--I may have to do a home visit on Wednesday which will get in the way of my needs, but the child needs me to advocate for him. I completed the kids' Easter baskets with a few items I had at home and raided Miles to give him his new GPS early. (He is going to have to travel for the first time to get his sister for her Easter break and it seems silly for me to hold it when he needs it so much.) I am in the process of updating student reports and need to look up their entry data to add to the form--my sub will have to fill in thesting data from her work in May.
After work, I went to the pool and swam laps before my water aerobics class. I cannot stress to anyone with back or other orthopedic/ arthritis pain how helpful the water is and I cannot let you know how blessed I am to have access to a fitness center with a pool. Our fitness center is part of the city's park and rec program and we get discounted rates for being public school employees. (I pay less than $20 twice a month for a full family membership--that is sweet compared to the price of similar programs around here!) Membership gives us discounts on classes and the one I am taking is free to members. It doesn't always have the same instructor, but two of them push us hard and one of those instructors was available on Monday. I came home, worked on some paperwork for our family and wrote a letter. I fell asleep for a short nap and had left over turkey from yesterday for dinner. It was kind of quiet after my day.
Tuesday is a big day. My friend Lynne who is subbing for me is coming to shadow me and get ready to sub on Thursday. I have to keep working at contacting that parent which will probably include me chasing a car in the parking lot today. I have a shipment of donated supplies to retrieve and put away--it is big because I ordered all of the books that were on the order form for building wide LDC activities. I have to pack up those Easter baskets and my boxes of gifts for coming family events that I keep at school to keep nosy children away from. (I started this some 20 years ago--one place they just cannot find anything for coming holidays for is at school, it has kept surprises intact for all of this time, but since I won't be at school, they will need to come home.) I have to start packing up my plants as well... I cannot expect Lynne to care for them or Digger, my "reading bunny."
I am astounded at how well I did and how many things tumbled off of that "to do" list--it went beyond my expectations for the day. If Tuesday goes as planned, Wednesday shouldn't be so traumatic or "last-minute" for me. That would be a desirable blessing. In the meantime, I am working on my post-surgical stays and information. I have learned which local facilities for care are my possibilities and which are the most desirable. I have been thinking about where to choose for my physical therapy and I am about 75% decided on that. I know I cannot jump the gun and know what is best for me until I know how I am. It sounded like we will be doing the procedure with an incision on my tummy and then the big part with an incision on my back, from what I understood when the nurse at the hospital and I were talking on the phone and that faxed OR report came through.
Tonight after work, I have my Weight Watcher's meeting and then am going grocery shopping to stock the house for my family while I am gone. This will be tricky and time consuming--I have already conceded my pool time for today and some 3-4 hours shopping will count for a lot of steps today. It would be nice if I could get a bit more sleep to handle what I need to accomplish today.
It is scary to think about what is coming--but my focus is on what can be. One thing will be a reduction in this lousy pain and being able to sleep in a bed. Regular sleep in a bed like everyone else is one awesome outcome that I cannot welcome enough!
Have a great day!