I'm not super woman!

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couchtater
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   Posted 4/14/2012 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday I had to go on a field trip with my class to the zoo. Thankfully it was a small zoo. There was a small flight of stairs to climb and my knees screamed all the way up. We walked up hills and down hills for 2 hours. I finally got to sit down for 10 minutes to swallow 1/2 a sandwich whole before the others are finished and wanting to run off to the playgrounds. I had to stuff my lunch in my backpack and follow. I was so tired I can't think straight.
The ride home on the bus was one painful jar after another. I get back to the school and I have to walk the kids back to the home buses, finish lesson plans, and type in grades for the week. One of my co-workers said my face was white as a ghost.
 I get home at 5:15 to find out we're going out to eat for my niece's birthday.
We go local- thank goodness. I sit leaning against the wall of the booth ready to pass out. Getting home I stumble up the stairs and collapse in my recliner. After an hour of rest I get up and get ready for bed. I wound up sleeping until 12 noon! That was 14 1/2 hours! shocked
I've spent the rest of today in my pajamas veggitating. Every bone and muscle in my body is throbbing. smhair
I'll probably have to rest tomorrow too. nono
 
This is what worries me about continuing working as a teacher, as well as my brain fogs. However, I don't see me holding down any other job. I can't do retail/office work/factory work-fluorescent lighting...I can't work outdoors because sun sensitivity...I think I'll go work in a cave... tongue
 
What kind of jobs are available to a sun sensitive, brain foggy, fatigued woman?
Joy

oreo11
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   Posted 4/14/2012 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,
 
      I can so relate to your story.  My career as a teacher has certainly been a challenge, to the point that I sometimes wonder what am I doing working so hard that I am literally wiped out by the week-end.  I am so close to retirement that it is difficult to think about switching jobs.  I really love the kids, but here in California, we are being asked to do more with less.  By less I mean fewer resources and less staff.  I did request a return back to a 4 day work week and it was approved.  I realized this year that I could not work full time any longer.  I was becoming more flare prone and taking way more sick days than usual.  Thankfully, I have a supportive administrator who helped advocate for me.  I take each day as it comes and have learned to let go of what I have no control over.  My body sometimes has a mind of its own and I just have to let it scream sometimes.  Hang in there!!
 
Laura

couchtater
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   Posted 4/15/2012 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Laura, We're doing 4 day weeks here due to budget cuts. Next year we're going back to 5 days with shorter hours. I'll have a larger class with a part time parapro instead of a full timer. I hope I can handle it.
Our elementary schools are merging into two schools next year so I'm under a lot of stress not knowing if my job is under the ax with the merging. I don't need this stress.

I'm still very tired today and my ribs hurt with each breath or stretch. I see my PCP tomorrow and I'll ask him his opinion about my ribs.
Joy

oreo11
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   Posted 4/15/2012 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,
 
     I feel like you in so many ways.  We just went through pretty significant lay-offs and collapsed one of our programs that had been really successful with our student.  I work in the Alternative Education setting and they decided to eliminate our star hands-on classroom, which the kids don't even know about yet.  Every year for the last 5 years we have undergone this pruning and it gets scary.  I sometimes wonder if I will have a job if things get even tighter.  And of course, the stress plays right into the persistence of flares and not feeling well.  I am sending you a great big hug and lots of support!
 
Laura
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