It's been an exhausting week. We haven't been overly busy at work but it's still a lot. Sales are down which means those on the mountain-top reevaluated my payroll and decided to eliminate the only non-management full time position on my roster yesterday. She's a very nice lady and we've worked together for over 10 years now. It's was SO hard to have to tell her that per position had been eliminated- but I am sure it was much harder to be on the receiving end. Once I finish homework this weekend I am going to have to spend some time working on the new division of responsibilities for the store.
That was the end of the week. The rest of the week was a medical pain in the backside. Every morning I wake up more and more swollen and without the anti-inflammatory. The amount of time that I am stiff is getting longer too. Another effect of the lack of anti-inflammatory is that the bulging discs in my neck have pinched a nerve. That means that if I spend any length of time looking down (like- at a keyboard) I go numb from my left TMJ to my finger tips and I have a heavy ache from my shoulder to my elbow. It's hard to lift anything or even wear my backpack when it constantly feels like you are poking a heavy bruise.
My title today is Please Stop This Ride, I Want to Get Off. If I were in the medical field it might be fascinating how interconnected all of these systems of the body are and how treating one thing leads to another or having one illness leads to another. Being the recipient of the constant new diagnosis and treatment, on the other hand, is not fun, not interesting and is getting entirely too old. I am 51 years old and just cannot imagine another 20 or so years of compounding illnesses. If things stayed status quo, I could come to terms with it- but I feel like I am on a roller coaster, slowly climbing to the top of the hill, inching closer and closer until...WOOSH, the bottom drops out and down we go, screaming to the bottom only to start it again. I used to love roller coasters- until my life became one. Maybe just a break, until I finish school, would be enough. I wonder if that could happen?
Oh well- the weather outside is horrific (low 40's and intermittent torrential downpours today, dropping sharply tonight and bringing in 3-6" of snow with it overnight) so today's a good day to stay home, nap, do homework, and make a nice beef stew for dinner. NO need to get out in this weather. Be safe everyone!