Greetings! Many of you may recall previous posts about my desire to just give up. I seem to have more and more moments of sadness this school year due to my strange health issues. I have trouble going off prednisone despite increasing methotrexate. So, my rhuemy switched my meds to Arava. As usual, I seemed to respond well to the Arava except now I am wakung up each morning all swollen again, the fatigue is coming back, and I am itching again - all over - and it is driving me crazy. Today I went in to my family doctor for a kidney infection and he found protien in my urine so now I have to do another 24 hour urine test. Yuck!
That said, I have also written often of how much I love my work at school with all my students and my teachers. In the last nine years as principal I have been able to work with staff to bring about incredible change in our school. Reading and Math scores have gone from 30-40% passing to 85-95% passing on our state tests. The school is a happy place to be for our students and we do so much to make learning fun! I have been fortunate to have a career where I can live my passion for education and actually see tangible results.
Unfortunately, I have decided to look at all my options and I have found out something very interesting. I started teaching at age 20 and I have accumulated 23 years toward retirement in Michigan and two years from Ohio. I am currently buying 5 years and can pay it off whenever I want. This is very expensive and it will cause us hardship because we have two in college right now. But, if you haven't already added the years, I can have my 30 years by June of this year and retire with full benefits and pension. I had not realized I was that close to being able to retire but I am considering this very carefully due to my health.
And, if that is not enough, my husband's company has been bought out and the new company wants to promote him to a position in Tampa. This sunny location sounds great (except for the sun!) and I could teach at a local university or something to counter-act my boredom. If I didn't do something I know I would drive my husband crazy. Even lupus and RA doesn't cure my AD/HD!
Hmmmm, do you think all this possibility of change could be causing me to flare a bit!?! In closing, I don't really have aspecific question. I am interested in your comments or any suggestions you might have. My husband is very hesitant to move to Tampa since our kids are in college up here in Michigan, so that is not a done deal right now.
Thanks so much for your continual support. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Lupus and RA and LOTS of Medications!