of this blog. And for that I apologize.
I know I don’t have a ton of followers, and that’s not the point of this blog, but I feel bad flaking out on those of you that do follow me.
I haven’t had the best of weekends/weeks. I started off with a kidney stone attack on Friday night that basically took me out of commission until Sunday afternoon. I had to wake up on Saturday morning to sing a funeral at church though. As weird an experience as it was to sing while on so much pain medication, it made it easier for me to detach from the situation, and yet feel the power of the music (I have never really dealt well with funerals in the past, due to personal experiences, but ever since becoming a cantor in my church, it hasn’t been an option to NOT go to a funeral when I’m needed.) In any case, I got through that and then went back to bed.
I typed the bulletin in a moment of coherence and then passed out again.
My mom just checked on me before church on Sunday morning to make sure I was okay, gave me a new ice pack and a cup of tea, made sure I had a bottle of seltzer nearby and headed next door. I was feeling better in the morning, but it was a “don’t push it” kind of situation. I went to work that evening at 4, and although I wasn’t feeling 100%, I was feeling better.
The thing I hate most about my kidney stones is that there’s no way for me to tell that they’re coming. All of a sudden there’s just debilitating pain and I can’t function for the life of me. Earlier that day I went to my voice lesson and was completely fine, but by 9 PM that night, I was nearly in tears with pain.
The other thing is that since I get migraines, the pain medication I’m given to decrease my kidney pain is less effective. The first time I ever had kidney stones, the urologist (the one I mentioned in my first post about my stones that made me wait a whole weekend to have surgery) gave me Ultracet (Tramadol) to treat my pain. When I went to my general practitioner, he laughed and said “Is it helping?” and when I said “No”, he said “That’s because giving Tramadol to someone who takes Percocet for their migraines is like saying, ‘Oh, you’re in pain? Here are some Skittles, that should take care of it.’”
So I’ve been instructed to take Percocets that are stronger than the ones I used to take for my migraines. (I’ve stopped using Percocet as a first resort for rescue meds for migraines because I started getting terrible rebound migraines from them.)
In any case, my pain as subsided since then, and I haven’t had any pain since Sunday evening.
Monday morning I went to the dentist, and then I went to my first class at 12:30. After that class, I went home and haven’t been back to class since, due to the sickness.
Now, the sickness is my general term for any kind of cold/flu/sinusy/throat like illness that I get. It’s just easier that way. (Unless it’s something super specific, like when I had Bronchitis in September). So on Monday, I came down with the sickness. Really scratch, sore, and dry throat, congested sinuses, fever, all of that fun stuff. So I’ve been in bed being miserable. Yesterday I started to feel somewhat better and changed my sheets to get the germs off. I didn’t go to my class this morning for the sheer fact that I was still coughing and not feeling great, and because it’s a dance class and I knew I’d have an even harder time concentrating in that class than any other because of the physical exertion.
I do have work later this evening though, and plan on going. I usually only work about 12 hours a week (which is fine with me, since I have plenty of schoolwork to occupy my free time) including this week, but next week, I’m up to 25 hours for some reason. No idea why. Oh well, I can always use the money.
As for Grad School, all I’ve heard so far is that I was waitlisted at NYU, which I take as a pretty good sign. I should start to hear things in the next week or two. Then maybe I’ll have some idea of where I’ll be next year.
Well, I’m going to start on a new series that I have in it’s entirety on my hard drive that I’ve been meaning to watch for awhile - Arrested Development. I’m completely caught up on Doctor Who, HIMYM, and Big Bang Theory, so I figure I can start this. I’ve only watched the first series of Sherlock, but I think I’m going to save the second series for my Spring Break (which starts the 18th).