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   Posted 1/31/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
My post sounds like a song title!!!
Wednesday, I was accepted to a PhD program!!!  Yay!  Many of you probably remember last year when I was mourning not being accepted anywhere.  I might be accepted to two and have to choose.  This is so exciting.
They know about the fibro, arthritis, myofacial pain syndrome, bursitis and other stuff and they still want me.  Whoopee. 
Friday, I cooked an egg on the gas stove, and instead of turning the stove off, I turned it down.  Essentially, the center was lit and the edges were spewing out gas.  I left it on for 12 hours!  When I got home from work at 7:30, the house stunk bad bad bad.  Had to air it out.  After that, went to the store and got stuff for daughter's baby shower.  When I got to her sister's house (who was giving the shower), I gathered up all of my bags because I have been in a flare and really sore lately.  I did not want to make two trips.  But I shut the door and noticed my lights were on.  But I couldn't find my keys because they were in the ignition.  I have a combination hideakey and the numbers would not turn!  Hubby had to come and rescue me.  He asked why I didn't close the casing over the combination numbers, and I did not even know it could close!!!  He had to get the key out with pliers.
Flare and fog have been getting me good lately.  Hope to get past this soon so I can think!

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   Posted 2/1/2010 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue,

What a bummer. I am glad that your husband got your key fixed. It seems like when it rains, it pours. But you will get past this.

Great to hear about you getting accepted. Now you have to choose. Hope that you don't have a hard time with that. Eny meny miny mo. lol...

You really are the best, and I hope everything works out well for you. Keep up the great work. We aer all so proud of you!!!

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   Posted 2/1/2010 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue,

I DO remember all those rejections and your frustrations. CONGRATULATIONS, I am soooooo happy for you and know you will do it.


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   Posted 2/1/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats, Sue! You have worked hard and now it is paying off. I'm happy for you. smilewinkgrin
Sorry about the flare, hope it leaves quickly. And what can you say about the fog...
except, it sure is crazy and it can make us feel crazy too!

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   Posted 2/1/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
A few words of warning from some-one who has done the grad school thang:
1.  get a rolling cart, or something to tote books, so you do not put excess stress on your body.
2.  Make a schedule and keep it. 
3.  Take frequent breaks.  I used to set an egg timer and take a break when it went off.  I also kept to-do lists, and broke up tasks, so that computer time would be balanced with reading, etc...
4.  treat yourself nice.
I am glad you told them.  My program knew, as well.  However, the employers do not... not sure how to bring it up before Tenure.
You GO!!
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   Posted 2/2/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the encouragement and ideas. I completed a master's program, but at a small university. My office was in the same small building as the few classrooms. I could walk the entire building and back in two minutes. I break up time at home, but it is harder here. I am working on figure it out. I work at the place where I will be getting my phd, so I am familiar with it already.

I waited to tell anyone about the disability until they knew me. If your program knows you and your work, then it is easier. Maybe that would work for you too, Myself.


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   Posted 2/2/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
You are an amazing woman Sue, CONGRATS!!! You have shown the rest of us that anything is possible if you want it bad enough with fibro.
I'm glad you didn't have any animals in the house or that would have been very sad to come home to with the gas on. They really do need to put auto shut offs on everything for fibromites.
You may not be able to get in your house but you will have your Phd. smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 2/4/2010 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I do have animals! I have fancy goldfish and thought for sure they would be dead. But they are not - they are quite happy.

I am a little nervous about the grad school thing. I just have to remember that I have done it before and was ok. Even as an undergrad I had severe depression and still graduated suma cum laude. I just worry that a professor has gone to bat for me and said I should join the program and I was accepted. I do not want to let her down.

The fog scares me. Plus I think I am in perimenopause. Read somewhere that causes forgetfulness - as if the fog was not enough!

I just must remember to pace myself. Maybe a dance class would be in order to break up the day! Speaking of which, I am considering parking on the second level and taking the stairs twice a day. I already park in the structure about 8 minutes from my office. But I park in the disabled spot downstairs. haha - 8 minutes seems so silly when I used to be an exercise fool!

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