I am a realist – although some people might choose to translate that as pessimist. I really don’t try to look at the glass as half empty, but that is the way my brain interprets the sight. Having said that, I must report that for me, summer is now half over. Teachers report the week of August 16th and students return to the classroom on the 23rd. Truth be told, I will have to start working on lesson plans before that – so yes, my summer is quickly disappearing.
Part of the reason for my less-than-stellar summer accomplishments is due to Mom’s health. She is in the hospital – again. I feel as though I am working towards an RN degree whether I want one or not. I know more about hypertension, orthostatic-hypertension, and congestive heart failure than I truly care to. While typically these are three conditions that can be easily controlled through medications, Mom’s situation is exacerbated because the drug used to manage one creates adverse effects in the other two. It is a delicate balance game of tweaking the meds to her best advantage, knowing that at some point in the future (two weeks in this case – but it could be as long as six months) they will need to be tweaked again. This not only requires that I physically be there with her, but it also exacts a certain amount of mental and emotional energy that takes away from my creative productivity.