Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Coffee Chat and a Little Random Anyway.

I usually link up with Stacy for some random thoughts, but she's got so much going on with her move, the holidays, etc., that she's taking a short bloggy break. However, I can't let Tuesday go by without some random nonsense. But first... Coffee Chat!

Our hostess says:
Update your challenge.  
Or in honour of American Thanksgiving, 
tell us what you're thankful for right now.

Since I didn't really set a challenge for myself, the current challenge I'm facing right now is healing from my surgery.  The pain medicine is the worst!  Once my nerve block wore off, I started using my medications.  I had to stop, though. Too many side effects!  Extreme itching (I should buy stock in Benadryl!), terrible heart burn (more stock in Tums), and a few other difficulties which are a little embarrassing to write here.  I requested a different medication, but I'm having trouble with that one, too.  And crazy muscle spasms!  The side effects of meds are as bad as the pain.
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I'm thankful that everything went well with the surgery.  I will see my doctor tomorrow to find out when physical therapy starts and when I might be able to return to work.

I tried telling the nurse not to put the IV on the inside of my arm, but she didn't listen and ended up sticking me twice anyway leaving huge, purple bruises.  I tried telling her my veins would collapse.  Someone else had to come in and do my IV.  Needless to say, my blood pressure shot up after that.
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And I'm thankful for the sedative they gave me before the nerve block.  If I hadn't been kind of loopy, there's no way I would have let them approach me to put that giant needle in my neck.  LOL

One of the most important things I'm thankful for, not just right now, but always, is my family.  I wish my dad were still with us, but I'm grateful for my husband, kids, mom, sister, and even my in-laws.  I love them.  How many people can say that?

I'm thankful for friends, entertainment, technology, and most of all, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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I'm thankful for time off from work, not just to heal, but to enjoy the holidays.  One of the few perks of being a teacher is being off work when your kids are out of school.  With all of the changes in curriculum and instruction in my district right now, some days I just want to quit.  Bureaucracy has sucked the joy out of teaching, red tape, differing philosophies, disrespect from students and, in come cases, their parents, and lack of support from administration.

And now... I'm going to continue my Judge Judy marathon!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. That sounds like some major surgery you had - I am hoping for a speedy recovery and - no more med side effects!
    Bureaucracy has sucked the joy out of ... not only teaching. I am not a teacher, but bureaucracy plain and simply sucks. Structure and organization is necessary for a big body/corporation to work, however... oh, I'll better stop before I get really started.

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  2. My prayers will be with you as you heal. Teachers are true heroes today, i pray also that someday that's recognized and you are treated like it!

  3. Glad to hear that your surgery went well. Will keep you on my prayer list of a speedy recovery. Honestly pain meds tho -- it's like you need a whole other set of medications to offset what the necessary meds do! I remember that from my knee surgery. But if I didn't take them every 4 hours the first couple of days, the pain was just blinding.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


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