Another Back-to-School Rush is in full swing. For me that means working every day through the 12th. Of course, now that I am a student as well, it also means getting my head straight for learning as well as busting my cookies in the store. Last term I took my first Hybrid course. That means that we meet one day a week on campus and the rest is online. I much preferred that to fully online classes because that one day face-to-face allows for the immediate questions and answers that I need to feel like I am going in the right direction.
Spring is a slower time for the store so I am going to attempt to take three classes this semester- one face to face, one hybrid and one online. What that will require is a lot of discipline on my part. It will also require that I manage my energy levels to the nth degree.
The challenge to that lies not only in the Fibro and RA but some things that cropped up within the last few months. I was very sick in the Fall - the recurrence of Bronchitis and Pneumonia was a multi-month process and left me beyond exhausted. When I didn't bounce back my doctor did blood work and discovered that I had developed severe anemia. Combined with the acid reflux I have been fighting for years now, I ended up at the GI doc who diagnosed GERD just by looking at me and my history and then went a step further. A few weeks ago I had an endoscopy and he found a big old linear ulcer to top it off that he felt was caused by so many years of NSAIDS. So now- they have pulled me off the NSAIDS, added lots of iron, doubled the Prilosec in the morning and added RX strength Zantac at night. It's a lot but my energy level has *almost* righted itself but I am hopeful. I just have to work with not being on anti-inflammatories. We are also in the process of changing my RA drug but that's another saga for another time.
In the meantime- wish me lots of energy as I tackle these classes this term. It's one step closer to being done with my degree! Until next time, I hope your weekend is filled with blessings.