March 21, 2018: Snow Day of Rest

An unexpected snow day at the beginning of Spring! I welcome it this week, especially after getting my wrist treated with cortisone the other day. Since my work days deal with a lot of lifting, the extra day of rest is welcomed.

I managed to work yesterday with minimal stress on my hand. I used the lifting technique the medical assistant shared with me at the orthopedist’s office (rely more on the left arm to lift), and that certainly helped my situation. I also applied ice on my wrist when I wasn’t with the children.

Today is more ice and resting my hand…also reading the new novel I received, ‘Not That I Could Tell’. It’s an interesting read…not quite riveting, but I’m curious to see what happens next with the characters.

March 20, 2018: Tuesday Thoughts

Went to the orthopedist yesterday. I received a cortisone injection for the pain, yet the doctor informed me that it the discomfort retuns, I should consider surgery to remedy the problem. Surgery is the last thing on my mind right now, but yesterday’s visit was the second time I received the shot. The surgery sounds like the practical option. I’m just too shocked to consider it.

When I came home I thought of the events that led up to me having this issue with my wrist. Most particularly, working in a position that’s taxing on the body, with little compensation. Nothing would make me happier than to find another location where I would be happier. A place where my training would be truly valued, and where my wrist wouldn’t be in constant risk.

Unfortunately, it can’t happen at the moment, and I’m left thinking about solutions to keeping my hand and wrist safe in a taxing environment.

All of these thoughts as Spring begins today. Little signs of the season emerges, which normally make me feel excited.

In two days another anniversary approaches, much darker. I want to speak to her, share my challenges from the past few months, but sadly, I cannot.

March 19, 2018: Monday Morning Thoughts

Today after work I’m visiting the orthopedist. I’m going to address the tendonitis that’s effecting my left wrist as of late. Since I received a cortisone shot in my wrist back in July, the pain subsided until a few weeks ago, and it’s preventing me from doing things that I normally enjoy. I really hope I can take care of this pain at the doctor’s visit, so I can return to doing my hobby.

I really hope to take a walk after I get home from the appointment. It’s been such nice weather the past couple days, so I hope to take a short walk around the neighborhood now that the daylight hours are longer. I need to resume daily activity to stay fit.

March 18, 2018: Weekend Accomplishments

Things that I’ve accomplished today:

  • I began reading my Book of the Month. My selection is ‘Not that I Could Tell’ by Jessica Strawser. So far it’s an interesting read, a Mystery novel cenrered around a group of women in a small Ohio town. Not my usual genre focus, but I’m interested in seeing where the story goes.
  • Me and my fiance took a walk aound our neighborhood. It was such a nice day, and we got to see some robins, a cardinal and a couple of friendly neighborhood dogs running up to greet us. Spring is surely on its way.
  • I updated my glucose reading log book. I tend to neglect in recording my numbers for a few days, and rely on checking my meter to record the week’s readings once a week.
  • I have a new Snoopy in the Itty Bitty family! It was part of the Easter pack selections. I can’t wait to have the rest of the Snoopy figures with me!

March 17, 2018: An Atypical St. Patrick’s Outing

Today Andy and I spent some time in North Jersey. I needed to get my hair done, and the salon I visit is a few minutes from my family’s house. It’s almost an hour to travel, but the woman I go to really listens every time I visit, so it’s worth it. After the salon Andy and I went to a Tex-Mex restaurant for dinner. Not your typical St Patrick’s Day venture, but it was still a relaxing place to go.

We also saw the movie Black Panther. We finally went to catch the film, and the theater was surprisingly packed. It was a very good movie, all the characters were strong and well written. I’m very much looking forward to Infinity War, since Black Panther (and other notable super heroes) will be in the film.

March 16, 2018: Maintaining Connections

I had a very good conversation with a good friend last night. We were very close in college, and we manage to keep in touch over the years despite us living in different locations. We arranged to get together in a few weeks, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing her again.

I contacted my family in Paterson the other day, but it’s tougher to get in touch with them. One of my relatives noticed the photo Andy took of us at our pre-cana class last weekend and sent a message to me. I responded to her, but the discussion didn’t go any further. It’s not the first time this person has done this, yet I could never understand why it’s done constantly.

I’m very much looking forward to tonight, since I’m seeing an old co-worker for dinner. We used to work together a few years ago, but thankfully we’ve also maintained contact. Our work schedules make it difficult to connect (I have my crazy hours at the center, she’s a nurse and teacher), but we finally came up with a day to meet up and connect. Hopefully my job doesn’t take an insane turn toward the end of the day which makes it tougher to leave on time.

March 15, 2018: The Decline of Imaginative Play

It’s really sad that Toys R Us is closing all its stores here in the US, because the word out there is ‘children no longer play with toys’. I can’t believe how far children have come from not playing with toys on a regular basis. When I was younger, we always went outside with different toys, and we played with different dolls and toys at home. Now, thanks to our ‘digital world’, children seem to have an aversion to going outside, preferring to look at a phone or tablet screen. It’s really disheartening to see, since there’s a whole world of adventure to experience playing with dolls. The storytelling through the eyes of a child is valuable when they’re playing with dolls and stuffed animals. I see this each day with my toddlers when they’re interacting with dolls and stuffed animals in the Dramatic Play area. The scenarios they create are unique, and not something you would see when looking at a computer screen. As much as our phones and tablets are useful, we are becoming very dependent on them, and now passing this dependency on to younger generations.

March 14, 2018: Wednesday Thoughts

My thoughts as I reach the midway point into the work week:

  • I’m thankful that my left hand is still functioning. My orthopedist appointment is on Monday, so I’m doing everything I can to make sure it endures little stress. As much as I can avoid it at least, given that I work with small children.
  • I’m looking forward to my new subscription box to arrive. I signed up for Book of the Month over the weekend. Since I needed to pause my crochet crafting for the time being, I can’t wait to dive into another passion of mine, which is reading.
  • We live in a country where our so-called ‘leader’ has officially lost his mind. I mean, he’s already lost it, but the actions he’s done the past few days really cements it.

March 13, 2018: Long Week

As I get ready for a very long Tuesday, I try to be mindful of what I’ve accomplished so work life doesn’t get too stressful. At least more stressful than it already is, especially with a problematic left wrist:

  • I completed all my room displays for the month. I most likely need to switch out one of them, just to keep things consistent.
  • I printed out everything for my portion of the naeyc portfolio. All I need to do is place the pages into the book.
  • I have a routine in place for the ‘late group’ I have at the end of the day. Working until 6pm is a very long day.

I will be very, very relieved when the week is over!

March 12, 2018: Home Early

It’s a rare moment when I’m home from work at 6pm, yet here I am at home, at 6:05, watching the evening news. Usually my job has me busy from very early in the morning until after 6…and I’m working until 6pm the rest of the week, due to the center being short-staffed. So I’m savoring this ‘early day’.

Two positive things happened when I came home. I received a letter from Quest Diagnostics. I held my breath as I opened the letter, since I thought it was another bill (they’ve been asking for high bill payments lately). When I opened the letter, I discovered it was a check, for the amount I paid for the last bill. The stated reason was ‘duplicate payment’. It sounded confusing to me, but I was happy to receive the money back!

I also received an email confirming my shipment for the Book of the Month Club. I came across the Club online. It’s a monthly subscription service, where you choose one book out of 5 selections. I’m really looking forward to what the story is like (it’s a mystery novel…the genre is not usually my go-to, so interested in reading something new).