Not that I really have many people watching for new posts from me (though I’d love to see that change in the near future) I feel like I should let you all know why I have not posted in nearly two months.
Firstly, I am just busy in general. Then I got injured which made my brain mushy from painkillers. I am mostly not needing them now thanks to physical therapy, so that part is done. But, I still have tons of cleaning to do and I am in a play (it had been two, but the injury forced me to drop the more intensive one) and doing school. This is the main thing keeping me from writing. With all the other things going on I have limited “brainy” time and am using that for my schoolwork instead of creative writing or art.
I am proud to admit that I am 24 and in the 9th grade. I’m not proud that I HAVE to admit such things, but I am proud that I am going back and getting stuff done. Life got hectic when I was a teenager and I made the choice to accomplish things that needed to be done at the time, knowing I could finish school later when the time was right. I took a GED prep course around the time I got married (four years ago) and found out I would barely pass. It was then that I decided to do a full correspondence high school. I wanted to start back all the way at the beginning. Good thing, too. My home school portfolio got ruined one time our air conditioner leaked and so I had nothing to send my school to get credits.
Anyhoo, I enrolled last summer (I’ve officially been a student for 13 months now) and got started right away. I was super psyched. Well, last summer was very bad for me health-wise. Massive heat exhaustion, miscarriage, and at least one major flu. All of those problems made my fuzzy-headedness (that I’d been dealing with for years) way worse, so I stopped studying. I had finished my orientation with a 4.0 (which was pretty easy.) and then gotten my vocab studies book and just couldn’t focus on it, even though it interested me.
Once summer was over my health started to return to “normal”. For me, normal had for years been 10 hours of sleep a night, groggy breakfast, clean a little, 2-3 hour nap, semi-functional but fatigued all evening. A bad immune system also has always lead to me getting colds/flus practically just by talking to someone on the phone and hearing them sneeze. So, needless to say, it was still hard to focus, but I was able to get through a unit (which should take a week or so) in a couple of months. Just slow, steady work. I was starting to get seriously discouraged, knowing it would end up taking me two decades to finish at that rate. Then I found out I could get on my dad’s insurance.
I had a physical in May and told my doctor about all of my energy problems and she decided to test me for hypothyroidism. The test came back positive and she started me on Synthroid (which is something I can get from the Giant Eagle pharmacy for $4, even without insurance!) within a couple days of my appointment. I also had a bladder infection, so I was on antibiotics for ten days. Because of that I don’t know how fast the Synthroid worked. Antibiotics always knock me out harder than even painkillers do. Once my antibiotics were done I started feeling amazingly better. My head started to clear up. Don’t get me wrong, I am nowhere near where I feel a healthy person my age should be, but I’m well on my way. I also started feeling more awake during the day, and lost almost all of my muscle and joint pain. So, obviously, I started doing two things: cleaning more (One of the things I agreed to do when Aaron and I moved in with my parents was help get the house under control, and I’ve been doing a horrible job of it.), and SCHOOL!
I started being able to finish units in two weeks, sometimes less. By the end of the book (which was English Words from Latin and Greek Elements. Very cool stuff.) I even finished THREE units in ONE DAY! Then, after realizing I was ahead enough on my tuition (I pay more than I owe every single month) to get a year of books, I asked them to send me my next five. One had already gone out because I had finished a course, so I ended up with 6 new courses. Then I saw that one of the courses they shipped was Algebra 1, and one of my electives is Pre-Algebra, so I asked them to ship that, too. They did so without any problems or complaints.
Now, I have hit a point where because of other things going on I am having problems focusing again, but it is nowhere near where it was. Also, with several courses available at once I am able to switch it up so I don’t get bored. I am focusing mainly on College Prep English 1 over the summer (I’m not sure how much time I can devote to studying as I have a basement to get cleaned out in the next three weeks and my leg still hurts) but will branch out next month.
So, that’s where I’ve been. When I start getting caught up on my schoolwork I will feel ok about writing. In the meantime I am keeping two journals for my English course that I decided to put on WordPress so I can write in them no matter where I am. I am not trying to get views on them, but do have them set to public in case anyone is interested in what I am doing. Since they aren’t graded I often don’t proof them. Sorry if they’re impossible to read. Same goes for this post.
Here is my Reader’s Journal and my Writer’s Journal.