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"The delightful tale of my return to work" aka "Planes, Busses and Snowbanks" "The delightful tale of my return to work" aka "Planes, Busses and Snowbanks"

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Unread 02-15-2001, 06:44 AM
"The delightful tale of my return to work" aka "Planes, Busses and Snowbanks"

Hi everyone,

In the last episode, I was about six weeks post-op and literally on the verge of a nervous breakdown from thinking about all my travel arrangements and how much I hated my job, my bosses and from having lost my problem-solving skills after I woke up from the surgery.

I'll start with the morale of this new story :

1) If you can, get the extra weeks off like I did (three months in total). There is no use in going back to work too soon and having to get scooped up off the floor.

2) Fewer contracts means less stress and frustration which means better quality of life.

3) Play your cards right! Don't let the bosses mess with you twice.

4) Even if your taxidriver carries your luggage for you all the way up four flights of stairs, do not drag luggage through five inches of fresh snowfall.

5) The vibration of moving busses and propellor airplanes is much more tolerable after the giant ovarian cysts have been removed.

Here's the story :

Remember how I was taking those wretchedly long plane and bus rides weekly to go teach English classes in some rooms set up at the local mini-mall? Remember how I was way over the limit of the usual number of classes to teach? Remember how my bosses were not very receptive nor empathic?

Well, I had to come back to work for them if I wanted my disability. I insisted on getting another site because the other place was too complicated. (In the meantime, the guy who replaced me there notified the univeristy after two weeks that he was "fed up" with them too...)

Well, as it turns out, I played my cards right because this new arrangement is great! The plane trip was smooth; the bus ride through all the little towns and farmland was long, yet refreshing.

I end up having to spend two days at the hotel. I teach from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Mondays, I arrive there by eleven a.m., and since everything is done before I leave for the airport, I have all afternoon to just kind of chill out. Tuesday is the same way, I have all day just for me. The hotel is great. There is a massage parlor that does all sorts of facials and body wraps and they actually know what it means to have a hysterectomy. I haven't gone yet, but I will as the session goes on. There is a pool and whirlpool and sauna and work out room with a treadmill, bikes, etc. There is even a pool table and piano. The town doesn't have a bus system and the restaurants and malls are not within walking distance, but it is very scenic and peaceful. It is such a relief compared to the hustle and bustle of Montreal. Everyone in town is sonice and laid-back. The taxis (about five in total) don't even have meters!

I was really worried about being peppy and strong enough to get through the whole three and a half hours. I'm glad I took the extra two weeks because I'm not sure I could have run around the class like a maniac like I usually do. The students really enjoyed the class and --get this--I told them to come back from the break by 8:30. At 8:28, they were all back, sitting quietly in their seats and waiting for me! What a rare and precious moment that was!

As for the next day, I was tired, but I had the whole day to relax. Just before the class, I was feeling dizzy and felt like I had to hang onto chairs and walls, but once I got started, the old, healthy me kicked in and all was fine.

Of course, working so late gets me all wired up and that evening, I was so tired and full of adrenaline that I couldn't sleep. It was already 1 a.m. and I kept waking up in the middle of the night. I got up at 6:00 a.m. to catch my bus (two hours) to go to the other town where the airport is. There, I had a four hour lay over. I was so tired, and I hurt something just from sitting so long and from pulling my tiny suitcase through the snow when I had to change buses or board the plane or go from the terminal to the taxi stand. Each time, it wasn't even very far, but the snow was too thick. The flight couldn't land on time because it was snowing so much, so I arrived a half hour late, missed the shuttle downtown (another half hour wait). In total, from the moment I left for the bus station to the moment I took off my boots at home, it was ten and a half hours! Needless to say, I wasn't the one who prepared the Valentine's Day supper. I even made a phone call when I got phone and I wasn't even coherent. You know when you have that slurry, slow, deadened speech? That was me!

Fortunately, in two weeks, I'll have different and cheaper travel arrangements which means I get home at 11 a.m. instead of 6 p.m. Thank God!

All in all, I'm pleased with my first two days of work. Now I'll just spend the next few days planning here at home in front of my computer.

Sorry this was so long!

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Unread 02-15-2001, 07:27 AM
"The delightful tale of my return to work" aka "Planes, Busses and Snowbanks"

Hi Emily,

Thanks for posting your return-to-work story...so glad you made it through all of that!

I also appreciated your good advice for the newer sisters.

My very best to you as you continue your work and travels...

Unread 02-15-2001, 07:34 AM
"The delightful tale of my return to work" aka "Planes, Busses and Snowbanks"

Hey Emily! Wow- What a haul! I am so glad that you take such good care of yourself! We all need to remember that. And i am certainly up for the facial/massage deal...nice! Bye for now!

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