The First Monday of the Rest of My Life

Wow, it has been so long since I wrote here. My life is undergoing some changes. This is the first actual day of a two month health leave from my job. Nope, it’s not for a new hip or shoulder. I’ve got enough of them for now. I need a hernia repair but that will be booked later. I’m off work because it was killing me.

Yes, stress. I had a couple of instances last year that landed me a day at the Stroke Rapid Assessment Unit at the Victoria General Hospital. I spent the day getting all kinds of heart tests, a CAT scan, blood work, lots of blood, and eventually an MRI.

I have issues. High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, some wonderful calcium in my carotid and a tiny aneurysm at the base of my brain. Woo Hoo! The good news: I haven’t had a stroke; the plaque isn’t life threatening, ” a good benchmark”; and I’m supposed to worry about the aneurysm but if I get a screaming headache – call 911. So reassuring.

Well, if that isn’t a warning sign to make some changes, I don’t know what is. I counted and I now have a family doctor, who wanted me to take leave a lot earlier than now, and 10 specialists. Holy crap, Batman!

But I am off and already missing my work and all the amazing people I come in contact with, students, staff community members and the kids. I’ll still be a part of things but just not physically present. I know we can all do it together. But right now it has to be me for me.

Thanks for listening – Diane

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~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on April 8, 2019.

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