Thanks so much emmie! You would not believe all of the extra jobs I did in my old district! I don't know how much to explain about
all of the programs for fear of really boring everyone here, so I just mentioned a few!
My drive will be almost the same, timewise and distance-wise (it is one mile closer than I do at this time), but, it is better because it is all highway miles (about
44-53 miles depending on the route I choose). I can't seem to find anything available closer to my home. We would consider a move if we could sell our home but the market is awful right now. We built our own house right before I took my other position nine years ago and it is in a price range that does not have many buyers. We discussed taking a loss on the home just this weekend and we might go ahead and list it for a short time to see if there is any action.
I plan on taking two weeks off between positions and I really need to do so! I have to call my rhuemy in the morning because I am sure I am going into a flare! I am noticing an increase in inflammation despite raising my prednisone to 10 mg./day last week. It could also be the weather, which has been very hot and muggy, but I am not sure! I have been so excited that I can hardly sleep - hence I am writing this to you at 4 AM!
Last week, in the midst of finding out that I got the job, I was also ending the school year in my building (last day for kids was Thrusday) and, preparing for a huge Retirement Party for my current Superintendent (whom I have very mixed feelings about
- it is very political, if you know what I mean) on Thursday evening. My rheumy is going to be very annoyed with me!
As for retiring, I am currently buying five years and I can buy two additional years from Ohio. I currently have 23 years in the retirement system, and with the seven I can buy, I could retire right now if I wanted to do so. (It will cost us about
$50,000 right now so I would like to pay this down a bit.) I had seriously considered buying out in February when I wasn't doing so well. In March, however, I began taking Arava and it has really made a difference for me. I LOVE working in education and that is why this crazy disease is so annoying for me and, I am learning from many of my dear friends here at Healing Well, so many of us! It is a constant battle to feel well and to do the work I am so passionate about
! I figure that I will really do this new job with all the passion I can muster and, if I cannot handle it as well as I think I should, I will buy my remaining years and go ahead and retire. I know I can make a difference in this district in about
two to three years, so I am going to give it my all! Wish me luck!
Lupus and RA and LOTS of Medications!