I think I can say that my first week back after 5 weeks of medical leave was successful, at least according to me LOL However, my teaching partner had really done much of the prep work and graded a major essay this past week and so that wasn’t on my plate. She insisted on grading the essays, which I’m not going to lie, was a relief not to have that pressure ….yet.
I was able to setup this next week in our LMS, and I had time to get things sorted on the community college side of things as well. I told my teaching partner that if she would like me to cover her last class any day just to let me know (I have my conference period then). I’m trying to think of something or some things to do for her to say THANKS. She did so much for me when I was out. Lifesaver!
Getting back into being up physically (not resting in bed or on the recliner) more than 4 hours a day has been a challenge. And starting the day at 5am is also big. But, it also wasn’t not doable. I was so worried I would go back to work and then have to take a day or more off immediately due to fatigue and/or other issues. Nope!
It’s been great to see all my colleagues and my students. Everyone has been very kind and understanding. Tasks are piling up, but I’m just trying to keep my to do lists current and to not get anxious if I don’t complete everything at once. We’ll see how that goes. I keep telling myself to take a breath and or break when I start feeling the stress building. One thing at a time works way better for me than trying to multitask.
One kink that happened was when I went to leave work Thursday, my car wouldn’t start. It has a new battery, so I figured it wasn’t that. It would turn over just a bit. It took me about 20 minutes to find someone to jump the car, and then, there were like 4 of us out in the parking lot. It wouldn’t jump. Everyone was really nice. Students and teachers were checking if they could help. About 4 pm, my husband headed over from his school to check the car out and pick me up. We ran the battery to an auto store nearby…all good. He checked out some other things, and we finally headed home about 5:30. Diagnosis was the starter. It is a 2009 Honda Civic with like 205,000 miles so that’s not surprising. Home by 6:30, and that is pretty late by my health issue standards. Long day. But we managed to eat and get to bed at a decent time. Friday was tough since I didn’t sleep well, and I was debating on what time to try and get the car towed. It all worked out and my husband was able to replace the starter! Fabulous! Just it was another long day (for my world anyway).
I did some housework today, and I’ve been resting. My husband isn’t feeling great. It may be a cold or he’s just worn himself out since he worked both days last weekend (at the race track) and he’s worked late every day this past week. He’s been sleeping a lot today, and hopefully he’ll feel better tomorrow. If not, it will be time to go get covid tested JIC.
Stuff I’m grateful for:
1. Being back at work
2. Roasted deli chicken – dinner!
3. My mom letting me borrow her car Friday for work
I hope you had a good week as well. Best wishes to you all. Peace – b