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Monday, March 11, 2013

Hi Everyone,

It is amazing how different things can be in a week. After the drudgery of trying to function after being sick for 12 days in a row and trying to reclaim my life and world. I was so physically and emotionally down while my energy was zapped that I didn't recognize anything, starting with me. Friday was the most decent day I had in a long time. The kids had a field trip bowling at school, so I didn't have all of my kids, but I did get a lot of "things" such as sorting out my posters and graphic organizers, printing up kids' work and pictures to create and hang my fourth quarter hallway display based on Covey's 7 habits. By the time I left work, my back was pretty achy--but it was more like how I USUALLY feel than I have felt in a long time.

I saw my ortho after school and found out that there is a calcium deposit on the rotator cuff on my left shoulder. It was there when it was x-rayed in September and as he did in September, he gave me another cortisone injection that is supposed to "break it up." It didn't occur to me to ask him how, if it didn't break it up in September, how it would do that in March--but I wish I would have asked. The alternative will be surgery and he looked at me and said that he didn't think I wanted another surgery. He told me that I should feel relief within a week, so I guess i will wait that long and find out what is next. It still hurts for me to use my arm and lift things up, but the week isn't up yet.

Our church had a trivia night Friday. Those are always fun--lots of easy-going stuff for a nice change of pace. I did okay with eating until I had a piece of cheesecake. I do think we need a treat once in a while. It took me a long time to eat it, it was so rich that it really surprised my senses. I think that is what happens when you eat as healthy as possible and treats become special and something infrequent in your diet. Anyway, we took 6th out of 13 teams, so we did--well, uh, average (ha ha.) It was a good night.

I got to talk to a dear friend of mine after I slept in until 8 on Saturday. We had a lot of fun comparing our teaching situations and thoughts about teaching. Then, I had lunch with my best friend, which is a highlight to every month. After that, I went to the pool for an extended time and that was pure heaven. I enjoyed the pool more than I think I ever have--the water temp was perfect. I visited and exercised and found out that I can now do some swimming--kicking in the water. I couldn't do anything like that a couple of weeks ago, so I know that my hip is getting back to normal. It is so much better than it was before I had my surgery.

We had a great service at church on Sunday. Our new pastor has some interesting thoughts on familiar stories. I enjoyed her take on the story of the Prodigal Son. After that, I was able to get my husband and youngest son to go along with me to the pool. We spent a long time there and I even enjoyed the hot tub with my husband for a while. We stopped at school so I could grab a handful of baskets and when I got home, I started work on some of the decluttering/ reorganizing that i want to get done during break. Things are in a bit of disarray right now, but I am not stressed over that because I have 2 weeks and the help of anyone I ask to help me to get this done.

The other thing that we spent time doing this weekend was getting Marissa's stuff ready for her trip to Dallas. She leaves tomorrow afternoon for the National Choir and all we have are a few details here and there to help her out. I need to call the bank because my delightful daughter has forgotten the PIN for her bank card. I need to get her some money and deposit some in her account (if we can get the PIN before she leaves.) We found her a pair of gold flats to go with the dress we gave her for Christmas for this trip--it never occurred to me how tricky it might be to select shoes to go with a gold dress when I bought it. The school is giving her a "send-off" tomorrow, but I have to miss that because I have two doctor appointments tomorrow afternoon, with the urologist and the neurosurgeon. One of those is a reschedule after one of our three high volume snow days.

Anyway, it is nice to start talking about anything besides being sick and post-op for a change. I am getting my life back and I sure am glad. It seems as if I have been "gone" for a long time. I am ready for my world to be back and for me to be in control again.

Have a wonderful week!
Gentle hugs,

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    Enjoy every moment of off time. It is great hearing you sound so positive.
    1923 days ago
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    So nice to hear things are getting back to your 'normal' Not so sure about your ortho's take on your shoulder -if it didn't work the first time, what makes him think the second's the charm? Those shots never did a thing for me at all.
    That is just awesome you had such a great pool time, you so needed that!!!
    That is wonderful Marissa is well enough to go to the National Choir!
    I hope things continue to improve for you week!
    {{{gentle hugs}}}
    1924 days ago
    You sound much happier too! Glad you are feeling better!
    1924 days ago
    It was great to see you so upbeat, Sylvia, and to hear about so many nice things going on in your and your family's life.
    1924 days ago
    I'm glad you're feeling better, Sylvia! I hope this new shot brakes up the calcium deposit in your shoulder though and gives you some relief!!!
    1924 days ago
    Glad to hear you are finally on the mend. I know this has really been hard on you and your family. When momma's down it is hard on everyone. I am sure Marissa will have a great time in Dallas. Has she ever been to Dallas before? How exciting for her to be going to national choir. What a honor. Hugs Pat
    1925 days ago
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