Friday, 1/10 Not so cold--so why...?
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Our weather, as did many others, took a turn for the better today. So, it is some 65-70 degrees warmer today and it snowed and then rained much of the day. The roads should be wet but fine, yet when I was walking to the car, it was so slippery that it scared me to be out there. I will fess up that one of my two big fears is slipping on the ice.
Our weather was greatly improved today but there was a lot of traffic commotion at our school again today. This morning, they didn't enforce the normal drop off locations for students and let the cars go right up to the door, blocking the handicapped parking and the buses. To top it off, since it wasn't raining yet, they let children go outside for the first time today and parents complained about it. Wow, why?? It was closing in on 40 and it felt like it was 60 or so since it has been so cold this week. I don't quite get it.
Our weather got better today. I haven't been too good. The nasty weather triggered a fibro flare early this week--but today, my back, my right leg replacements and ankle almost drove me insane tonight. I couldn't focus to read or spark or talk or watch TV. My leg was burning and jumpy and horrible. This makes little sense to me and my back that is getting nastier each day, since it is finally warmer and that is easier on my arthritic body.
As for work, I did presentations on Monday. We were snowed out on Tuesday. I worked on my schedule on Wednesday and had an appointment with the principal who gave me permission to plan a reading night for families (that I am hoping to follow up with kids to kick off our balkl game promotion in conjunction with the NEA's Read Across America activity. I found out that the parents are bringing a book fair to school the week that has the date we have chosen for our parent night. It should be awesome. On Thursday, I got to cover preps in four classrooms and didn't get to do too much on my schedule or other projects. I did find out that the person I nominated for a local TV channel's award called "Pay it Forward" was selected and that they will come by to film him and present him with a cash award the week of the 20th. Today, I finally finished my tentative schedule and then added in my IGP (professional development) interview with the principal. I did a lot of walking all week collecting data and information from people all over our building.
I sent the schedule to everyone to find the mistakes--then I will revise it while I am at Mayo Clinic next week for my radiofrequency ablation to my SI joints. I just watched a YouTube video of this procedure and although it is a bit unnerving, it seemed like the patient was totally relaxed and didn't even squirm. Hopefully, this will give me some pain relief that will hold me through the rest of the school year. My visit to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is on the 24th for a second opinion on my spine and needs for surgery. A week and a half later, I go back to Mayo for a 3-day visit to their fibromyalgia clinic, to have an MRI on my lower spine and to have my surgical consult. By the time we head home on February 6, I should have enough information to make a decision about what I need to do for my back. It sure seems like it has been a long time coming. I am both anxious and apprehentious about this. It's a big deal, no doubt--but the dangled carrot of reducing my need for a walker considerably and helping me to stand straight while possibly reducing some of my pain sure sounds tempting. I need to find out all there is about the dangers, the negatives, and the rehab. That will help me make my mind up.
Sunday, we have to take our daughter back to school which is 3 hours south and back for a total of 6 hours traveling, then we have to leave for Minnesota and a 5 hour drive. This could be rough on me!! I will do what I need to to manage this.
I'll share when I know something.
Take care and stay warm--our media has been telling us that we have a major snowstorm on the way at some point in the next few weeks. Be careful out there!!