March 22, 2018
I AM BACK! Oh my goodness! Way too much time has passed since my last post. The last post was in July 2016 and now it’s March 2018!
Where did I go, you ask? Well, my husband and I moved to a new city (Wenatchee, WA) in August 2016. I started my new full-time job as a school-based occupational therapist at the end of that month. Then, in November 2016 I started an online degree program at Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ), to get my Master of Science in Psychology.
The purpose of going back to college after almost 20 years was to gain a better pay column at work. The schools pay based on years of experience (in the schools), and based on degree/college credits. I went to OT school back when you could be an OT with a bachelor’s degree, therefore I started my new job in the bachelor’s degree pay column. This represented a huge pay cut compared to what I was making as a medical-based therapist. However, I love working in the schools!! Therefore, it only made sense to get a master’s degree ASAP. But ugh, the work! I had to put my head down and get ‘er done!
And now, March 22, 2018, I am just 6 short days away from being ALL DONE! The process of getting my degree while also working full-time and raising my son has been e-x-h-a-u-s-t-i-n-g! On top of that, my perimenopausal symptoms during the last year did not help! Yikes!! Having to deal with the relentless graduate workload already made me feel a ‘baseline-irritability-but-could-basically-keep-my-shit-together’ (on a good day), but then the combo of graduate workload + working full-time + typical annoyances of life + annoyances caused by my prolapse issues + wicked hormonal fluctuations (presumably) created what often felt like a Jekyll and Hyde situation. Not pleasant. Good thing my husband is so unbelievably awesome!
I feel so much better now, though. I am done with the work of graduate school, and I have gotten past the emotional turmoil of peri menopause. I seem to be in the menopause phase since I haven’t had a period since January 1st. The hot flashes were rough in February, but now I seem to have a good plan (more on that later). Long story, short, I am feeling pretty damn good right now.
Guys, I have SOOOOOOOOO much I need to catch up with. I have missed this blog. I need this place to come and chat with myself and anyone else who finds me. The last year + has been all about total life imbalance, but now I am blessed with the opportunity to regain the balance again. That makes me so happy.
I plan to do a lot of blogging in the next days, and months. It’s hard for me to keep from typing all night right now! But I shall pace myself. I do need to sleep!
I am healed!