Friday, November 18, 2016

Hopefully, Things Will Return to Normal Next Week...

I've been home from the hospital for nearly two weeks now, and still trying to get back to what passes for normal around here (or, to be more precise, what's going to pass as the new normal). It has been a very weird couple of weeks for me, as you can imagine!

I had no idea when I had that sudden headache on October 23 that all this was going to happen... two weeks in the hospital, a total of about three weeks at home recovering before I can go back to work after Thanksgiving (and I'm not even on the schedule for work yet, so I don't know when I'll actually be going back yet)... and on top of all that, having an election in this country with a result that I really, really do not like (to say the least).

But I'm going to stay away from politics with this post.

Since getting home from the hospital, I've been needing to make some changes in my life. The hardest one has been needing to quit smoking, which is the one thing that will reduce the chances most of a repeat incident. Another change is figuring out better ways to deal with stress in my life. Even before going into the hospital, I'd begun to recognize that I was was needing to handle anxiety, and had been making plans to talk to my doctor about that. Just yesterday, I finally got to do that, and have been prescribed a medication that should not only help with the anxiety, but will also help keep me away from smoking, as well as helping me to sleep better at night (I've been waking up at odd hours of the night and not being able to get back to sleep for several hours). I'm also now on a blood pressure medication again, and am taking medication to manage my cholesterol (something I didn't know I needed before I went in to the hospital). I have my regular physical scheduled for later in the month, and we shall see if anything else comes up at that time.

Going back to work is going to be strange... I'll have to begin on a part-time basis, as well as doing a job that is light duty. It's been recommended that I don't return to working night shift, as that apparently increases my risk factor for a return incident. This has been kind of letting me know that I really need to look at getting a different job that will have me returning to a desk instead of being on my feet for eight hours a day, but since our health insurance is through my job right now, that kind of puts a twist on that whole thing.

Anyway, I'm hoping that I'll be getting things back on track here, and you can once again enjoy the Monday through Friday geekery that you've become accustomed to!