It’s been three months since I last wrote and three months since I become extremely ill. I am not all the way recovered yet, but am doing a lot better. Previous to this, the longest I have been sick was a month, and the majority of the symptoms were gone in a week or so. This time, the majority of the symptoms were with me for over two months. At this time, I won’t go into the details of all of my problems, but I do want to write about how this chronic illness has changed or reset my life.
As I reflect on 2010, the things that come to mind first are the things that happened most recently: my lifelong friend dying and a trip to the emergency room for me. If I think a bit more, I can come up with numerous other bad things that happened in 2010:
- Our family didn’t have a really exotic vacation this year.
- Work was extremely busy and stressful most of the year.
- A person I trained daily for nearly six months was laid off.
- A co-worker and close friend of 10 years is gone from work.
- Several other friends were laid off.
- I moved from a nice cubicle situation to a really crappy one.
- I have been sick more than usual.
- We had car problems on our Vegas trip.
- I had to speak in Church (no necessarily a bad thing,m but a stressful and time consuming thing).
- I messed up a wedding photo shoot.
- I needed to sell stock options at a bad time.
- My kids had some school grades and ballroom set backs.
- I waited too long to schedule my eye exam so I lost out on getting new glasses for free through my insurance.
- I had my first root canal.
- We didn’t make it to the Festival of Trees, a fund raiser for a local childcare’s hospital, like we usually do.
- We spent way too much money on ballroom.
- We needed a new roof on our house.