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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Hi there,

As most of you know, my week back to work after spring break wasn't really a good time. I needed this weekend so I could get my focus back onto self-care and the things that are important. I got a bit in on Friday--I realized that the other two people I had outdoor duty with were placing themselves in such a way that they didn't have to deal with the big kids. Since that was so awfula nd since I was "allowed" to do the job all week, I played the same game on Friday. I went to the lines where the primary kids were and got myself busy so that they had to handle the older kids. It was still chilly and I was still busy, but I didn't feel that frustration over the uncooperative disrespectful behavior I had to deal with the rest of the week. I'm sorry if it was less than honorable, but I had reached my point of no return.

I did receive a call about my surgery date late Friday morning. I am going to wait to share it publicly, so the principal gets to hear it first from me (even though I suspect this place is private from the people I work for.) I will tell her on Monday if she is back. She was gone on Thursday and Friday. I will tell you that it is coming much sooner than I expected and it leaves me with a lot to do on my job and at home, preparing the house, meals, and so on for my family. I am expecting information on my online chart and the nurse told me that I would need to come in on Friday for my pre-op work-up and to be fitted for my back brace. I sure hope that I will be eligible for the sick leave bank because I am not sure how my family will handle me being unpaid financially. I am sure we will work it out, but I hope that they don't have to cancel my contract and insurance. That is a lot of money to deal with.

We had a nice time at the Lenten book study we are joining in with at church. We are reading and discussing a book called "An Altar in the World" by Barbara Brown Taylor. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to do some personal/spiritual growth. On a slightly related topic, I went to a morning conference today put on by QCAIR (Quad Cities Alliance of Immigrants and Refugees.) I attended three sessions--the first was about PTSD and other mental health needs of refugees. The second was a panel discussion by immigrant. refugee parents about their children and public schools. Their biggest concern was that we should call them and keep trying to contact them--they all work full time and are going to school full time to learn English. They are busy, busy people who admire and respect us. The last session I went to was a group of ten high school ELL students who shared what life was like in their home country. There wasn't a dry eye in the place. These young people have been to the war and back. Many got to come here, but their parents and immediate families did not. As a group, they all want to get the education that is available and then they want to help their families and home country. They long for peace in their home countries and they have all seen and been part of the worst violence that you can imagine. They are true survivors and many of them heroes. Then they come to the US and are shunned because their language and clothing aren't "right." Many of them are very bright, speaking 4-6 languages and they can care for the people they live with because they can speak English. I was so impressed by them and their attitudes.

It has been a week for thought. I am so blessed in so many ways.
With more to come soon....
gentle hugs,
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    So excited for you that your surgery is so close. I know you are prepared. I hope they let you use your vacation time. But knowing the system if there is a way to keep you from you they will use it. But maybe they will be human for once. I can only imagine what refugees from a war embittered country bust have suffered. The children are very brave. It should make some of us ashamed of how we complain about things here in America and make us more aware of the blessings we have just living in this country.
    1810 days ago
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    So glad to hear the wait is finally over for your surgery!! Will be thinking of you!
    {{{gentle hugs}}}
    1810 days ago
    Sounds like the surgery is coming very quickly if you're already doing pre-op stuff. Praying!
    1810 days ago
    My son always told me how the younger children were always much easier to deal with and that the least disciplined kids were the junior high kids. He thought it had to due with puberty. He did not like teaching that group. It was very inconsiderate of those teachers to do that to you.

    I'm glad to hear that they are going to get on with the surgery. The sooner, the better in my opinion. Then you can start healing and have an improved quality of life.

    As usual you are always learning, growing, and doing great things.
    1810 days ago
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