Saturday, October 27, 2007

Where has the time gone?

Back again to organize my thoughts.
Looo--ooots of stuff going on.
Work BUSY. We had a little lull after what we thought was the "after-holiday baby bomb". But this week we had a crazy lot of babies. And the battle with my rest continues. it feels like I'm either trying to sleep pre-work, and barely getting an hour and stressing over having an hour of sleep in 24 hours, or I'm catching up after work, and sleeping only a few hours and then I'm worn out and groggy for the rest of the day after work. Not to speak of the fact that work is HARD--mentally and physically demanding--on my toes mentally and moving physically for a constant 12 hours.
Mom fell and dislocated one of her replaced hips and was in the hospital for a couple of weeks. She is home now, and things are going well with she and Daddy. I got him a cell phone to make calls. I am just trying to help them stay in their house. I want to help them, but I don't want to be a meddling daughter. I want them to be independent as long as they can. The next hurdle is the breast cancer surgery and radiation.
We continue to prepare the house for sale in January. Whether we will actually have it ready is questionable, but we continue to plug on. Chip is working so hard on replacing the siding. He is up on his scaffolding the entire weekend, weather allowing. It takes him half the week to catch up on rest, but he is enjoying it immensely. God willing, the weather will hold and he can complete this before the weather gets too cold. I am working in the guest bath now. Have refinished the cabinets. We will replace the counter/sink, flooring, and paint. Also will refresh the caulk around the tub edge.
Went to the doctor for a checkup cuz these bouts of tiredness and "I don't give a damn about anything" is just too boring. This isn't the me I want to be. Thyroid fine, labs fine except cholesterol was a little higher than I liked. The Ben and Jerry's Binge is officially over. BUT. . . I'm officially in menopause (per the labs) and to that I have to say W-T-F? Really? So when does the endless period stop? This week I go to the OB, or rather, I guess now I should say, the GYN, since I haven't had a baby in 24 years, and we'll see what she has to say about the whole THING. The upside of this is that many things are explained because of this--the weight gain, mood problem, saggy everything, etc., etc. And if this is menopause--it ain't so bad. Doc feels that I am mostly just tired from flipping back and forth from sleeping during the day to sleeping at night due to work. So I'm trying some sleeping pills and it seems to be working. But I hate taking pills.
I'm not training for the Turkey Trot anymore. I hurt my left shoulder and I have orders to lay off the weights and only do gentle stretching every day. I'm to take anti-inflammatory regularly for a few weeks and then report back if it isn't better. The pain was exacerbated with the trudging, too, so that just has to go by the wayside for now. I WILL start up again, but slower next time. And I WILL continue to lift weights my lower body. Walking will have to suffice for now.
So the plan remains the same:
1) Take care of myself. Eat well, exercise regularly, sleep enough.
2) Love Chip.
3) Keep up with family. Help Mom and Dad. Connect with everyone regularly.
4) Work on house, preparing it for sale in January.

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