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Living with Chronic Pain: My Grand Adventure
After getting my b12 shot I have been feeling a little better lately but it’s been a rough road these past two weeks being back to school (the kids) and back to work (me). My body seems to be having a harder time dealing with new transitions, I am really hoping this isn’t going to be a trend…just a sign that I need to slow down. 3 weeks ago I came down with a huge case of hives/eczema. It was horrible and I was told it was a stress reaction- again I need to slow down. Well…that’s not going to happen until I finally get into my own house and have more control over my surroundings. So I have been just trudging through, trying to do my best. I have been dealing with a lot of negative things lately regarding my fibromyalgia and I have to say when it’s family or close friends that are calling you lazy, basically insinuating that you are not pulling your weight in life and passing judgement on things they know nothing about it’s harder to take. So with all these stresses when I have funny things that happen, I have to embrace them.
My Grand Adventure
I am a lunch supervisor at my local elementary school and I have been for about 5 years or so. I have kept this job since my diagnosis because #1 I absolutely adore the kids and they are fun to be around and #2 it keeps me moving. Moving is important when you have chronic pain. If you stop your body forgets what it’s supposed to do and the pain wins. My job is basically stress-free, make sure the kids are safe, get from point A to point B in one piece and be their safe place when they need it. It’s been oppressively hot here in IL and we have been pretty lethargic out on the hot black-top so the kids have been seeking refuge in the shadier areas. I thought nothing when I saw a group of them huddled, figuring they were talking and didn’t want to invade on their private discussion. When I saw a huge group go running to the spot my interest was peaked and I headed over to see what was up. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find what I found! The kids, in that 1 1/2 minute span of time, had unearthed a snapping turtle’s nest and were setting them free. LOL I have no clue why all these animals keep laying eggs in our playground but let’s just say it’s not the first time we’ve had this problem. Those poor baby turtles, there was no water sight, they were in the blazing sun and all these 9 year olds were touching them! After sending the offenders in to wash their hands (ech) I then spent 40 minutes capturing all the prematurely released baby turtles to the retention pond where they belong. I am now paying for all the bending and extra activity in the 90 degree weather so I hope those little guys enjoy their new found freedom. 🙂