I had a very rough week. I had a lot of problems, from stomach problems, feeling bloated, stress at work, headaches, feeling tired, and blood pressure spikes. I had to take my blood pressure medicine a couple of times. The stomach problems were mostly early in the week, but persisted in a small way through Friday.
I decided that it was all due to stress from work. This week, work was quite stressful. Fortunately, I do work from home. If I worked in the office, I do not know if I could have handled the stress. Part of the problem is that I am kind of a supervisor. I have no actual power, mind you, but my co-workers do look to me for answers and support. I also manage the phones, the time off schedules, and the vacation calendar in addition to my regular duties. Therefore, my phone is always ringing and my instant messenger is forever blooping at me.
I also talk to our customers on top of all of this, so it can get quite crazy at work. I went back to work a month after the surgery because we are moving into our slow season. And since I work from home, it is easier for me to manage the stress and deal with my meals.
This week wasn’t so much busy as it was stressful. Everything seemed to happen at once. For example, I was on the phone with a client who was calling from overseas on Skype and he was upset about something. My other line kept ringing the entire time I was on the phone. My co-workers were calling me, either to ask me questions or to transfer calls to me. Plus I had a bunch of instant messages. I ignored all of these interruptions tried to deal with the customer on the phone. Then I had one person who, because they could not get through to me any other way, starting calling my cell phone over and over again.
Granted, the person calling my cell phone had a relatively serious personal emergency earlier in the day and was calling to give me an update. OK, that was kind of important. And many of the other interruptions were things that I did have to take care of. My co-workers were simply doing their jobs. They are all good, hardworking people. But the stress can sometimes be overwhelming. It’s mostly my fault that people call me over and over. I’m usually very responsive and answer people right away. So, if they do not get a hold of me, they are not used to it.
I am supposed to be keeping my stress level low to help my stomach heal after such a huge surgery. As I have discussed in previous posts, I do have a problem dealing with stress sometimes. I have not done enough to retrain my coworkers to deal with my new reality. I will have to fix that.
I did tell my boss, who is very understanding about everything I have been going through, that I need to slow down and reduce my stress. I told him about my stomach problems and blood pressure spikes. He was great. He told me that I need to take care of myself and to only do what I can.
I’m currently out of vacation time until the first of the year. I cannot afford to take anymore time off this year. Any time I take off from here will be without pay. I can go back on medical leave and get short-term disability, but I really do not want to do that. I know that the week before Christmas through the second week of January will be painfully slow. I cannot take Christmas off, but I’m thinking of taking the first two weeks of January off. After the second week of January, our busy season begins. I will need to be at work. I feel if I rest up and do what I can to decompress, I will be ready.
I will still need to make sure I do what I can to manage my stress level, but I feel I will be better prepared if I take some more time off.
Now, that was the worst of it…onto the good news.
I lost two more pounds! I’m down to 256. That’s a total of 42 pounds. I am feeling better. My blood pressure is back down in normal ranges. Yes, I’m still taking my medicine, but I do not want my pressure to spike again.
So, in the spirit of reducing stress…here is a kitten!
This is Annabelle. She is my step-niece’s kitten. My step-niece found Annabelle on the side of the road and nursed her back to health. Took her to a vet. Made sure she had all of her shots. Paid for a surgery, which is why Annabelle has a cone on her head. The cone is gone now, but this is the most current picture I have of Annabelle. She’s a pretty laid back kitten and will sit on you endlessly for petting and she loves treats!