Thursday, January 24, 2008

Work, paint, and hips

I'm finally getting a routine down with work and not having to rely on a couple dozen pages of guides to get me up and running. I use 8 programs through the virtual private network to do the quality control analysis. It was a bit frazzling at first but I've got it down now. Only half of our training class passed the certification exam.

All of our calls were being verified by our supervisor for approval, but at the start of my shift she let me know all of my audits this week have been great and I don't need monitored any longer. I was let loose! I'm ahead in production (number of audits), ahead of the minimum required. I'm the only on my team on my own right now, which feels a little weird.

I also have been approved for the time off I needed. We've had tickets for months now to go back to my hometown in Florida in March. We're going to see my brother and his wife and my nephews, my parents are coming out from California as well. We'll all do Disney together just like I'm home again. (I lived near it.) Sterl and the kids have never been to FL. I'm going to show them my old haunts, take them to Kennedy Space Center, my grandparents, etc.

I'm still pretty tired but then again I didn't get to sleep until 4:30 this morning, and was up by 5:20 to go over some things before starting work at 6. Sterl made a good point that my hip's sudden flare-up may be from the 4 hours of work in the mornings. I'm trying to help things by standing up during the minute it takes to save an audit upon completion, stretch in the chair if there's a hold time during audits, and the like. Today is indeed a little bit better, but I am anxiously looking forward to seeing the orthopedic surgeon Tuesday for the appointment I just made. It's sad to look forward to a cortisone injection but it's the best bet for relief of my pesky dislocating hip. After it kicks in hopefully I can sit without it being so dang painful.

Our house was repainted this week. It looks great, so much better than I anticipated. The fixed the stucco damage, sanded and caulked the fascia (it was getting in BAD shape and the wood would have needed replaced before much longer) before painting everything. They also painted the front door (didn't know they were going to) and our security door. That was desperately needed as well, and it looks fabulous, even better than when we first had it made.

We're going on a couple errands, get out a bit, get some fresh air. I have some magazines to trade in at the bookstore. Hopefully we'll find some movies from our wish list to get with all the trade credit we have.

I think I'm starting to come out of my funk a little bit. Pain is still an issue, I guess it always will be especially due to Ehlers-Danlos, but I really think settling into the swing of things at work is helping.


  1. I'm so happy to hear you are doing better.

  2. Wahoo Keesha! So glad to see some pep in your words again.

    Wish there were more ways I could help you. Love you lots!