I went to the doctor and he said I didn’t have strep but an over the top sinus infection. Whatever. In the meantime I have almost completely lost my voice and sound a lot like this guy before they popped in his new batteries.
Last year I decided on a career change. Actually the decision was made for me a little over two years ago when I lost my job, but last year was when I settled on a new direction. I would be an elementary teacher. But here’s the thing, for the entire month of January I’ve been sick.
It all started the end of December when I got a sinus infection. Monday January 3rd, found me in the doctor’s office getting yet another prescription (I had already had three the previous year for the same thing).
This time around the doctor gave me a new medication that I’d never had before. I started taking it and after a week, started having some reservations. Sure I felt better than I had the day I had been at the doctor’s but still didn’t feel all that great. Then came the side effects; headaches, fever, abdominal pains, irritability, mood swings (aka hormones going crazy), and nausea to name just a few. Super fun stuff to have especially when you work at a preschool. But since I had never had a reaction to medication before it never occurred to me that was the cause.
This also happened to be the same time school started up and a couple personal things were going on so I thought maybe I was stressed from all that, though I should have known better because stress has never caused me to have any of those reactions either.
I finished the medication and felt better than I had in the beginning and a lot of the side effects went away but I still never felt 100%. I was still tired and irritable and frankly, just worn out. And being around kids, as cute as they sometimes are, wasn’t helping.
Then this past Thursday I started feeling it again. The slight, scratchy sore throat and I knew I was headed for another sinus infection. Immediately I started doing whatever it was I thought would prevent a full blown infection. I even took the doctor’s advice on a home remedy of basically snorting pickling salt up my nose. By the way, that burns but it does clear it out immediately. It doesn’t last for very long though. Ahh, good times.
So here I am on a Sunday night having already called in to work saying I won’t be there. Not only do I have a sinus infection but an unofficial inspection of my throat has revealed strep. Which would account for my lack of voice. Fantastic.
I get to visit the doctor again tomorrow and once again pay out of pocket (no insurance) for him to see me for 30 seconds and tell me the same thing I already know. Then I get to go to the pharmacy where once again I get to pay out of pocket for medication (that had he given me in the first place rather than something new) to clear this all up.
So I start to wonder, do I really want to be an elementary teacher?? And have to be around sick kids day in and day out?? Kids who can’t seem to grasp the concept of sneezing or coughing into their elbow rather than in my face?
Kids who think my shirt is their own personal tissue?? Tonight I’m beginning to wonder. And wonder if as a teacher I can get away with requiring my students to wear these:
Hey remember when I used to do updates all the time? No? Well I did. I haven’t logged on to wordpress for a few weeks so I thought if one was appropriate I guess it would be now.
Thanksgiving was nice. My oldest sister and her family came down for a few days and it was nice to see them. I even went shopping on Black Friday. This is HUGE for me because I hate shopping on regular Fridays (and every other day for that matter) so to go on the busiest shopping day of the year is a little mind blowing. No I didn’t get up early or camp out at a store. Matter of fact, I don’t think we even went until 10:30 the next morning. At most places “early bird” sales were still going on and there was still plenty of stuff still in stock so ha ha all of you who got up and stood in line in the cold all night.
School, school, school. What can I say except I can’t wait for you to be over this semester. Only two weeks to go and I hope the time flies. Thanksgiving really messed me up motivation wise and for that I almost wish we hadn’t had a week off. Trying to get back into this week has sucked. Tonight I turned in an assignment not due until Saturday. Which would be awesome except I submitted it to the wrong place and couldn’t take it back. I emailed my professor and hope she’s cool and fixes it for me. It’s an easy fix for her but she may want to teach me some lesson or something. Hope not. I’m really not interested in learning anymore lessons of any kind, especially a life one and it could really screw up my grade which would be a shame because for the first time ever, I’m actually doing really well in school.
And the preschool, what can I say about that? Except ’tis the season…for coughing in my face and wiping snotty noses on my sweatshirts. If I don’t end up sick it’ll be a Christmas miracle for sure.
I got my hair done last week. I had the girl cut almost 4 inches off, shorten up the layers, thicken the bang area, and do an overall darken. It feels so much better and it’s still kind of long which is good b/c I prefer my hair pulled back most of the time.
And finally, what’s with everyone searching the word gumby? And why does that bring them to my blog? I checked my stats for the first time in forever and 61 people alone used that to find my blog today. Is this the seasonal-comeback-retro-fad toy this year? I’m so out of the loop.
Tonight my mom and I swung by Sonic and I ordered a Jr. Delux Burger and some tater tots. When I got home, I discovered two things about my burger: 1. The meat was missing and 2. There was a hair where my meat should have been.
I was a little annoyed but didn’t want to drive back to correct a $1 burger. But then my stomach growled and I really did want that burger, so back to Sonic I went.
On the drive over I was thinking about the situation and what I was going to have to tell them and started to laugh. Sure it’s gross but to not get any meat on a burger? Seriously, who gets orders like that? Oh right, I do.
I pulled in and pressed their little red button and the following conversation happened:
(perky high school girl voice) Welcome to Sonic. May I take your order?
(my dry sarcastic boss from Office Space voice) Yeah, I was just here and ordered a Jr. Delux Burger. It was missing the meat but it did come with a hair. So… I’d like a new burger. One with meat but minus the hair. That would be great. Thanks.
I would almost pay money to have been inside to hear me say that over the intercom. Imagining the looks on their faces will have to do I guess.
But not in this post. Oh how I tease. I realize I just disappointed all one of you that’s looking forward to my Illinois updates, but I’m just too lazy to go get my camera so I can post the pictures. Instead, welcome to my past week.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really remember much before Thursday but I’m sure those days included watching a lot of TV. I do know I started feeling the oncoming of a cold Tuesday night or Wednesday which sucked. I hate being sick. I’m a terrible sick person. On the outside I’m pretty controlled, I don’t really complain and I stay away from people. Mostly because I get really peeved at people that whine and bellyache when they’re sick. And especially those that come out of their rooms and infect everyone else around them. Jerks.
But in my mind I feel like I’m going crazy. The same thing happens when my arms get trapped inside an article of clothing and I cant’ get it off and I’m stuck. Yes, this happens ok. I start to panic and just want to be released. Just thinking about it makes me squeamish…ok, I had to flail my arms around just now. Anyway, when I’m sick all I can think about it how much longer I have to be sick. It’s miserable.
I do remember going to the batting cages with my dad Thursday afternoon. That was fun and it might have been the best day I’ve had at the cages to date. Except I know I’m not still a seasoned player because I get winded and break out in a sweat when I’m there. Like that’s some sort of strenuous exercise. I blame the cold.
Friday afternoon I get a mass email from our church asking for people to go help this family clean their new duplex. Long story short, their house burned down Sunday in the middle of the night and they’re moving into this duplex. I head over there, above all else because their house burned down for heaven’s sake and they need help. Plus two of the girls are in my church group I’m over. Also, I’m a saint.
I head over there and get to work cleaning the bathroom. As a side note, I hate cleaning bathrooms. I would rather clean almost anything else before touching the bathroom. But whatever, their house burned. There’s no way of getting around it, this duplex is disgusting. I completely understand the emergency of the situation and the fact this family is financially strapped. But I can’t believe the landlords would actually rent this place out in the condition it’s in. AND they apparently told this family that it had been professionally cleaned which was a blatant lie. We’re talking mold, animal droppings, repairs needed, rust, etc. and that was just the kitchen area.
I know bleach containers list certain areas that are safe for product use but everything in that bathroom got hosed down. I could actually feel the fumes rising in the air which couldn’t have been the best on my lungs and cough. At one point the lady asked if I was “dying in there”. It didn’t look that much better when I left and I ironically thought the best thing for that duplex was to burn it down and start over.
Saturday my cold moved into my sinuses and my nose. Oh, balls. I was really wanting to avoid that. In my opinion this is the worst of the worst of having a cold. I did luck out because it’s now Monday, I’m on the mend, and it never developed into a full blown sinus infection. Phew. Sinus infection + no insurance + no money = a life of crime, I’m sure of it. No doubt I would have gone crazy and ended up on the evening news and in jail. My cellmates would’ve had to pay me off with Mucinex, which of course at that point wouldn’t work. I’d be the one true nut job in the slammer and everyone would know not to mess with the girl with clogged ears. Don’t even get me started on clogged ears, you know what I’m talking about. Or more likely, I would’ve had to borrow money from the parentals and go to the doctor. Either way, not getting it worked out for the best.
Sunday night I watched the Oscars and I noticed a couple of things. Everyone being interviewed before the show was chewing gum and it really bugged me. Spit it out already. Isn’t that a rule in public speaking/drama classes 101 to spit out your gum before performing or addressing an audience? If it’s not it should be. Also, there are a lot of celebrities that actually make me mad. Like I want to punch you in the face mad. Some of them weren’t at the Oscars but all include:
To name just a small few. So that brings me up to today. Did the usual, Walmart, library, watched some movie, yadda yadda. I did go out and mow the lawn. On the bright side, the weather was PERFECT. High 60s with little to no humidity, sun out. I even went out in capris which reminded me that I’m going to need to scrape up the money to hit the tanning bed soon. Gotta keep my priorities straight, ya know. I kind of like yard work, I do. And mowing is probably my favorite yard chore if I had to name one. But the grass is still dead. I’m not understanding why it needs to be mowed so soon. Plus, because of two great, big trees in our yard, it was more like mowing dirt. I looked an awful lot like this:
This week’s off to a great start.
I swear that’s where I was this weekend, right there on the threshold. Last Wednesday I came up to visit my sister in Charelston, Illinois for a nearly two week getaway. I arrived Wednesday afternoon and that night my niece woke up with the flu. Or actually, she didn’t really wake up but had to be woken up. How anyone can sleep while they’re going through something like that is beyond me. Thursday she was feeling fine but was kept sequestered in her room just in case. Well, Friday afternoon my brother in law came home from work with the flu. By Saturday he was feeling better which was just in time for me to pay tribute to the porcelin throne that night. And pay I did. All. Night. Long. Talk about misery. So here it is Monday afternoon and it looks like I didn’t die afterall. Whoo Hoo! But just as I’m feeling better my nephew came home from school with it. Go figure. But in between people puking we have managed to go out and see some local sites that I’ll post about later. Man, this vacation is one for the books.
First off, they found my brother’s car. Which would be a good thing except that it now looks like this:
Not exactly the way it looked when my brother left it at the car repair shop. News on my car was more upbeat however. The insurance paid me more than it will cost to fix it so I have some extra cash in my pocket – very nice since I still don’t have a job. Very nice indeed.
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be one of the leaders for the girls ages 8-11 in the church I go to. They have activities twice a month and my first one was this past Wednesday. And you know, it wasn’t that bad. I don’t know what I was expecting exactly but it was fun and the girls paid attention. I created a game of Bingo that fit in with the lesson and brought a bag of prizes and a bag of candy…so that’s really why they all paid attention.
Thursday I got sick. I haven’t had so much as a sniffle in almost three years so I guess I was due. It knocked me out and I’m only just now getting my bearing. Fingers crossed I’m good for another three years.
Last but not not least, I spent a few hours lastnight editing pictures I took when I was in Utah this past weekend. Fall is in full force there and our first day was gorgeous. Here are some of my favorites:
Click here to take a look at all of them.
Let me start of by saying that I am not a sickly person. The last time I had even so much as a cold was over 2 years ago. I think there are a lot of factors that contribute to this. I don’t have kids, I work in an isolate area so there’s limited contact with co-workers, I keep my distance from my roommate (who is sick ALL the time), I always get 7-8 hours of sleep or more, I over dress at the slightest drop in temperature, we keep our apartment at 75 degrees, and the moment I THINK I might be catching something I start chugging orange juice and take something for it. I’m not necessarily saying that popping pills is the best way to go but it works for me.
On Saturday I woke up with a little bit of a sore throat but it went away during the day. Sunday I woke up and it felt even more raw and as the afternoon went on I had a headache. When my flight landed sunday, I went right straight to the store and bought orange juice and Benadryl and was in bed for the night by 7. I thought the juice, Benadryl, and my humidifier would do the trick because I was convinced it was sinus related and the reason my throat was sore was because of all the drainage. Well, I woke up about 3:30 Monday morning and my throat felt like it was on fire. Then it occured to me that my roommate had bronchitis about a week and half before. And she was sick for a while, hanging out in the living room coughing and blowing her nose before she finally went to the doctor to see what was wrong. By then, she had full blown bronchitis.
So, I got up Monday and made my way to work feeling not the greatest but better than I had at 3:30. I got the doctor and got an appointment for 10 that morning. I told him my symptoms and he checked for strep throat and bronchitis and to my relief the tests came back negative. I had been right all along and it was just a result of sinus congestion. I was relieved it wasn’t anything more serious but ticked that I now have to pay for a doctor’s visit for something I already knew. Whatever, better to be safe than sorry I guess. Monday night I went to bed a little before 10. I had a fitful sleep and when 5:40 rolled around for me to get up I thought I had died.
My head was throbbing, my ears were popping, I was coughing, and I could barely swallow because it hurt so bad. I took some Benadryl and went back to bed only to wake up in time for the next dosage and to call my boss. I pretty much slept until 4:30 in the afternoon. And when I woke up I only felt slightly better. But I stayed awake because I wanted to make sure that I could sleep through the night. This morning I woke up around 5 and didn’t feel much different. So I decided that I would be staying home for another day. Then the most bazare thing happened. I took some Advil and went back to sleep until 6:45. When I woke up, my headache was gone, my ears weren’t clogged anymore, and I could barely feel any soreness in my throat. Weird. But I was still tired so I fell back asleep. I woke up at 8 and felt fantastic – just really hungry.
I got up took a shower and started getting ready for the day. I have just the slightest bit of congestion and dry throat but other than that nothing. So I went ahead and came into work (a little late) since the doctor said I wasn’t contaigious. So much for 2 years of being sick free. Now I have to start all over.