Saturday, April 6, 2013

The cruelest month so far

Oh, April, I had such high hopes for you!  I realize that it's early days yet, we're only on the 6th, but so far, it's kicked me right in the teeth.

Not that I planned for things to go this way - I was actually very optimistic about the month.  But I woke up on Monday with a slight tickle in my throat and by the evening, my voice had gone south.  Still, I could speak, sort of, until I got through a few classes and by Tuesday, my voice was worse, even though 2 of my classes just wrote an essay.  Wednesday, I managed to get through my classes and then went home and slept 1.5 hours in the afternoon.  Finally, I took Thursday off to give my voice a break, went back to school on Friday with something of a voice, which I lost by the end of the day.

It's been strange because I haven't felt TERRIBLY sick, but it's been up and down - feeling better, then worse (mainly just exhausted), then better again.  I took four full days off, doing absolutely nothing, had a total meltdown on Tuesday night when I dramatically stated "It's not even worth going to Wildflower this year at this point!"  Nice black-and-white thinking about a hobby.  Jeez!

In addition to my extracurricular activities and the timing being off for that, this really is the worst time of year for me to be sick and to miss classes.  I already will miss students for so many days this month because of random fieldtrips and days of school, so I can't afford to lose classroom time.  The other frustrating aspect about the sinus/laryngitis thing, I really can't talk to people - so, I didn't call a friend on her birthday and probably won't catch up with her for another week because things aren't looking great for a chatty weekend.  Also, I can't taste ANYTHING!  As someone who likes food and continues to cook, it is strange to make meals, eat them, but not really enjoy them.  I'm also off caffeine and alcohol and have been drinking tea, water and lots of juice.  Such a boring life!

In the midst of all of this, we have started to migrate!  We returned from Chicago to a newly painted place - amazing what a difference a good paint job makes.  I actually started to feel excited about the move, a feeling that had eluded me up to that point.  Also, our appliances arrived on Tuesday.  I can't believe that I'm saying this, but I can't wait to try out the stove/oven!  We're moving what we can today and then the movers will take everything else on Tuesday.  Again, this is adding to the craziness of the month, but it's pretty dam exciting too!

So, as rough as the week has been, I am still hopeful that April will round out and end on an up note.


Anonymous said...

Being sick itself can lead to negative viewpoints (and dramatic pronouncements!), so hopefully when you're fully well April will seem brighter.

Kristina said...

Chezjulie - Yes, I love the dramatic pronouncements. I am prone to make them when I'm sick and/or tired/hungry!

Raquelita said...

I hope you feel completely back to 100% soon and that your April starts improving, too! I've been feeling pretty down on April since it is seems to have done nothing but snow so far this month.

New paint jobs are the best! I should schedule one for this summer.

Kristina said...

Sorry about the snow - I think that would be hard to be so ready for spring, and yet the weather won't cooperate. Hope that your month improves!