Friday, 4/11 Successes and My Work in Progress
Friday, April 11, 2014
This has been an eventful, fast-paced, high-energy successful and yet frustrating week. So much has went on, that I will try to share the big points.
My week started off with me trying to do things the right way, being responsible. I filled out the FMLA paperwork, shared my surgery date (Thursday, April 17) with the principal, completing taxes for the children and insurance paperwork, talking to lawyers about a couple of things, and recruiting reading specialists I know to sub for me. I felt on top of my situation, especially when I got two very wonderful reading teachers to consider sharing my job. I was so happy to know that I had a "Dream Team" to care for my students.
Tuesday was not as rewarding. I got an email from downtown administration that said they would only pay for a half-day sub for me, leaving me to figure out how to explain this to these two wonderful ladies and the idea that only half of my students were going to receive help in reading for the rest of the year. The children were a bit difficult as well. I decided to let the administrators fight the big battle--I went to Weight Watchers and was pleased that I lost 2.2, over what I had unreasonably gained the week before. I also knew that the following day was going to be the one where I put the pieces together with everyone.
Wednesday started off really badly and went downhill quickly. One of the members of the team I am part of to make plans to help kids having problems in school sent out an email at 10:03PM the night before to tell us we had a meeting on Wednesday. Of course, I didn't check my work emails at that hour and I missed an important meeting for four of my kids. I had words with two of the members of that group throughout the day--both trying to blame all of the kids' problems on teachers...Grr-rr, not oversized classrooms or children with a multitude of needs that aren't being met. On top of that, I subbed for a primary teacher int he morning when we had a building full of visitors, one being the superintendent in the room I had and I was not able to talk to the principal all day because she was always tied up with others--when I had a lot of important things to discuss. (I still haven't been able to hold those conversations.) Thursday had a big continuation of those problems and I worked so hard that I didn't even get to the bathroom until 2:50 that day.
Today, I had planned to take the morning off for my pre-op work-ups at University Hospital. I had a 9 AM appointment and the nurse told me that I could come early. I did and it was a good thing--we didn't leave there today until 3:13 PM. Some of what I was expecting has been changed. Dr. Mendoza has decided to leave the hardware in place from my lumbar fusion when ordinarily, he might not have done so. His concern is the fact that I had an infection in my spine which would leave my bones more porous and he wouldn't be able to attach the new hardware sufficiently--to my advantage, that will eliminate the need for me to have two surgeries. The plan is for my spine surgeon and a vascular surgeon to start my surgery with an incision in my tummy so they can move my organs and dodge major blood vessels to place the spacer in my spine that will force my back into an upright position. Then, the vascular surgeon will be done and they will turn me over and work on my back, using hardware and screws to make my back stay in the correct position, The docs realized that I had had a prior abdominal surgery while I was there and now need to get my OR report from that surgery to see if they have to abort the first part of my surgery and do a far more complicated procedure, going through my back for everything. Although this isn't desirable, it can be done this way. As soon as they get the report, they will let me know exactly how this surgery will work. Either way, it is a 9-12 hour procedure and I will spend 2-3 days in ICY and a total of 7-8 days in the hospital. Physical therapy will decide where I go when I get discharged--home, a skilled nursing facility or a rehab facility. In any case, all systems are go for next Thursday--they will call me between 2 and 5PM to let me know when to be at the hospital. It is a 75 minute drive from here, so it is sure to be an early morning.
We rescheduled our week in the food pantry for this week and after that, I have lunch with my best friend before I go to the pool. I have about a half a dozen appointments that need rescheduling or canceling on Monday. I will need to confirm my sub and get her to my room to share logisitics. I have some tidying up to do there and bit of paperwork and some other odds and ends that need finishing. I have to take the gifts for my family that I sneak to school home and prepare Easter baskets--I still have a gift to get. (Each of the kids get a nice gift, a few trinkets and a couple of sweet treats--I cannot help myself. I select healthier sweets and the gift is the big deal in their baskets--I have some really special gifts this year. :) My husband will have to put them out since I will be int he hospital and miss out on Easter and church. One of our parish nurses is preparing a meal for my family (She is making duplicates of what she is preparing for her family, how amazing is that!)
The coming days are very busy for me--I must have some stress-free time, no more monkey business at school. I will be here as I can!