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Just bitching [Oct. 17th, 2003|10:13 am]
Zoethe
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I'm catching a cold. Throat getting sore, nose getting stuffy, generally low energy. I realized yesterday when my brain was simply nonfunctional that something was up, but today it's definitely there.

Joy.

As I have mentioned before, thanks to last winter's shattered shoulder and surgery, I have not one single day, hour, minute of sick or vacation time left. And because the human resources person counseled me against taking the last of my vacation time in August, and because I bravely told her that I understood the policy against leave without pay and knew that I was taking the risk of getting sick and that that was a risk I was willing to take, there is no sympathy to be had on the job front. If it doesn't hospitalize me, I'd better plan on working through whatever may come.

I did this to myself. Because I promised my daughter that we would have time together this summer and take our little trip to Niagara Falls, and I would not go back on that promise. I would make the same decision, given the same circumstances; it was well worth it for the time we had together.

But it's really hard to contemplate the rest of the semester with no break at all. We are going to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, to have the holiday with Ferrett's folks and to attend the wedding of his cousin, and to see the kids. Which is all really great, but not in the least restful. Between work, school, and Law Review, I am looking at serious burnout by the end of the semester. When the day student members of law review talk about writing their research papers during the winter break, I just wanna punch them. My winter break will consist of merely working 40 hours a week - woohoo!

This weekend was going to be really knuckling down, starting on outlines, reviewing and consolidating the two months of learning. Now it looks like it will be trying to do all that while feeling like crap.

Woohoo.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2003-10-17 07:32 am (UTC)
I'll send healing thoughts. Meanwhile, take your vitamins, drink a lot of water, have a cup or two of sage tea (tastes better with honey) - just put some cooking sage in a piece of coffee filter - really. :) Also avoid dairy. And tell theferrett that foot rubs are good for this. I'm not sure if they are, just tell him they are.

Feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2003-10-17 08:17 am (UTC)
Oh, for her, they are.

I'll get all jiggy with the footrubbing this weekend. She just has to remind me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-17 08:04 pm (UTC)
He is a generous giver of footrubs. I consider myself a lucky woman on any number of fronts.

And on my back! (teehee)
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2003-10-17 08:16 pm (UTC)
Good to see your sense of humor is healthy. I got a nice chuckle from that!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-17 08:20 pm (UTC)
If I lose my sense of humor, it's generally because I've lost consciousness. I can manage to find a wisecrack in almost anything - even when I was hospitalized with spinal meningitis and in danger of dying, I was cracking my mother up doing Cheek and Chong routines.
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[User Picture]From: xinamarie
2003-10-17 08:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I so feel for you. I'm going through the same thing. Fortunately British companies don't ration a specific number of sick days per year. If you're sick, you're sick. (Obviously if someone's abusing this, it is investigated, but it usually works pretty well.)
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From: genericrick
2003-10-17 08:48 am (UTC)
I'm currently in the midst of battling illness myself. My leukocytes' resolve is strengthened by my valorous battle cry of "I can't miss class!" :P

It would appear as though "Cold Epidemic" is our new floor activity.
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2003-10-17 09:13 am (UTC)
Crap. I had something similar happen two years ago, when forestfire and leyloken's daughter V was born, and I spent all my vacation in order to be with them for the first two weeks, and all of my sick days with fibro problems in the first six months of the year.

Much suckiness; I'm sorry you're stuck now, although I understand the priorities; I wouldn't have changed my mind about the time with forestfire, leyloken, and V, either.
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[User Picture]From: law_witch
2003-10-17 09:53 am (UTC)
**HUGS AND HEALING**

my new motto - being an adult sucks!
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[User Picture]From: cookie_b
2003-10-17 05:14 pm (UTC)
Poor self. I feel your pain.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-17 07:47 pm (UTC)
You should - I caught it from you.

;-)

Hope you're feeling better.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2003-10-17 09:32 pm (UTC)
HUGGLES!
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[User Picture]From: wilson_lizard
2003-10-19 01:24 pm (UTC)
*sends sustaining and healing energy* :)

I'm very impressed with you going to law school ~and~ working. Mum did that number while raising us, and I know that's a tough row to hoe. cheers!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-19 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I sem to have escaped the worst of the cold symptoms, so not as worried about missing work.

Still, why can't I win the lottery???!!!

;-)
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