Wow! What a ride it’s been!
Hello my lovelies, it is I, Ellie.
I know, you began to wonder if I had been abducted by aliens, or captured by enemy spies, or had run away with a rich sugar daddy to a tropical paradise.
Well, the aliens never showed up, the spies captured some younger person assuming they had more information -the fools, and my sugar daddy has to request his time off like all of the other employees. Nevertheless, a lot has transpired since my last confession, er, I mean post.
I am titling this one, Rollercoaster of Life because, well I’m sure you will figure it out.
I think I shared with y’all that my Mother In Law had a hemorrhagic stroke in March. For several weeks we spent most of our time going back and forth to the hospital, rehab center, and doctors. I’m happy to report that she is home, at her home, using a walker, not a wheelchair, and has made a remarkable recovery!
I missed my self imposed deadline for Fury. I am very frustrated with myself, yet at the same time, it is what it is. Life throws you some curve balls at times. We adapt, we overcome. I’m working on it still, just had to pick myself up from the doldrums I was stuck in for several weeks.
By the way, a cure for the doldrums is to get a job that is demanding and has you trying to figure out when you can fit in the other things, like housework, laundry, writing, and maybe something fun.
Welcome to the Rollercoaster. You must be at least 48 inches tall to ride, or accompanied by an adult who is taller than 68 inches. Lower lap bar to the locked position.
My biopsy proved to be negative for cancer – that was a total relief!
I had oral surgery the first week of May – that was horrible for a few days, then there was the soft foods diet. BLECH! Anyway, all is healed from that just in time to go back for phase 2, the implant procedure. Yeah, not looking forward to that yet it needs to be done. I had to get bloodwork done, which my A1C is below the diabetic ranger, and my daily glucose level is within range. However, my triglycerides were off the charts. You win some, and lose others.
The last week of May, I started a new job. A new thing – totally different from any of my other things. This job is not in cartography. I am still doing maps for commissioned work if anyone is interested, contact me on Facebook. This job has nothing to do with mortgages or financing, although I still have my license.
I have to do twice the work in physical labor that I did to get the same pay as a mortgage officer, but the job satisfaction is multiplied by ten!
I have been working as a nurses aid, or personal care provider for a home health company. This is not anything I ever thought I ‘d be doing but, I can honestly say – I Love it! The job satisfaction, the feeling of being needed, appreciated, and valued is irreplaceable. I’m caring for elderly patients that can no longer do things for themselves. For some it is fixing meals, doing a bit of housework, laundry, and company. For others, it involves more care such as transfer and mobility, bathing and hygiene.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the elderly. Maybe it’s from losing my grandparents when I was young, maybe it’s respect for my parents and grandparents. I get upset when I see teens and young adults mocking elderly men who walk with a cane or are stooped, shuffling slowly as they make their way through a store.
This is not the path I would have chosen. God always knows better though, doesn’t he? I needed this. I needed to be needed. I needed to feel valued.
Part of the reason for this is, we are now empty-nesters. This is taking some adjustments. I’m happy for my daughter to be taking the next step in her life, but at the same time, I miss her. I miss our conversations throughout the day.
So, with the new job, the first day after training I had a 14-hour shift, with several 12 hour shifts to follow. At least 2 days a week are 12-hour shifts. It’s not a demanding 12 hours though, there is some downtime. For instance, if the client takes a nap, I can write in my notebook. I have filled one notebook and am starting on the second one.
Today, I added 11,000 words to a new story thanks to Dragon software transcribing.
I guess, in summation what I’m trying to say is I’ve been busy. We are learning to adjust to a new schedule of care for my Mother In Law, requiring more frequent check-ins. I’m adjusting to the new job averaging 37 to 46 hours a week. I have been writing, but not in my usual manner at the computer.
Speaking of computer, I am happy to have my most cherished computer back. It was running slow, acting goofy and I took it to the shop to see if there was a virus or something – turned out I just needed to defragment the hard drive. INexpensive fix, but getting to the shop to pick it up when I worked until 8 in the evening has been difficult.
So, anyway. That’s been my life in a nutshell.
I will be sharing some authors new releases, including my bestie’s!!! I plan to share a few new recipes – sugar-free ones that I ‘ve mastered. Maybe, I’ll even include a few vlogs here and there now that I am on a more regular schedule for the next 2 months. Keep your fingers crossed or better yet, say a prayer that I will manage my time better and get my writing completed!
I hope that everyone is having a fantastic summer! I need a tan myself. I’ve spent most of my days indoors caring for others. On the days when I’ve been off, the weather has been so hot and humid, I couldn’t stand being outside.
For anyone who has been wondering where i disappeared to this time, there you have it. What have you been up to?
Write on my friends, write on!