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Tomorrow is the big day!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

After a pretty stressful week, I start in the classroom tomorrow. Actually, I'll be sharing a room for a couple of weeks with one of the existing teachers until they figure out where my actual room will be. Our school is way overcrowded and so our principal is being really creative in her use of space. I've told her I don't care, I'll do whatever I have to do for the next semester to get us through.

For me, though, this means that I can begin to get into some sort of routine and quit living in crisis mode all the time, running back and forth between two schools, and never quite getting on top of things.

So, my goal for the next two weeks is to try to get into a routine that works (my work hours will actually be back to 8 hours a day with only occasional overtime in the form of teachers meetings, and lesson plans and IEPs that can be done on the computer from home. )Currently, I'd been putting in 10+ hours a day with a couple of days a week being 12 hours a day in the office, then coming home and doing another hour or more to work on the computer. So a couple of hours extra a day that I can spend at home really add up. The trade off is that it is more physically demanding, on my feet, lifting, etc., but since I've worked so hard to get in shape, hopefully, that will be a plus.

The cost of my stress relief has ended up being a total paycut of less than 100 dollars a month.... a small price to pay, I think. Actually, I probably spent that much on convenience foods since I didn't get home in time to prepare supper and had gone back to grabbing whatever I could on the way home. Of course, there are people who think I'm nuts, which is really interesting to me. We work in a school, where the priority is to educate children. That should always be job one, and for me it has been. When I was doing the administrative thing, I felt that I was helping a larger group of children, but now I am happy to focus on a small group of students who really need me.

I see my doctor late tomorrow afternoon, and I'm pretty sure the blood sugar news is not going to be good as it has been running higher lately. Hopefully, he'll be happy that I am being proactive and give me a few months to try to get it back under control. I am very proud of myself for FINALLY realizing how stress affects my body ( a hard learned lesson for me) and taking steps to do something about it.

If you read this far, please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. The other news is that my youngest son is down to 40 days or so in Iraq.

Peace and the sweetest blessings of the season to you all!
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    I hope all is well. The change in stress alone should go a long way. You've been in my thoughts lately. Take care of yourself.
    4162 days ago
    Wishing you the best! Enjoy that new position! I am so happy your son will be home soon. emoticon
    4176 days ago
    Positive energy and wishes are being sent to you and your son!
    Way to hang in there with your tough schedule. I love your positive attitude. I'm sure that taking that steps that you have set out will show positive results with your health. emoticon
    4176 days ago
    my prayers are with you and your son. less stress is always good. and i think you will feel better soon. emoticon
    4176 days ago
  • KARBIE18
    Hey Evelyn,

    Enjoy your new position....it's got to be better than what you've been handling. I can't believe you've been in education this long, and are just now realizing what stress can do to your body! LOL. I thank God we've both found SP, and are both moving like we should be. I'm sure once things settle down, and you're eating out less, you'll get on top of your sugar problem. My prayers are definitely with you, and your son.

    4176 days ago
    Best of luck to you in your new job! Congratulations for making changes to your life so n you can make change in your health. You go girl! emoticon
    4176 days ago
    Best wishes for a great first week in class!
    Prayers for you and your son.
    HUGS, Tammy :)
    4176 days ago
    God luck, my prayers are with you and your son and all of our armed forces. emoticon
    4176 days ago
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