Thursday, January 19, 2012

The January Stress

I can't believe I haven't blogged since January 3rd. . . well actually I can. If you knew about half of what I've been dealing with you would understand the blogging hiatus! Let me try to update you about my life while trying not to vent/complain too much!!

On Saturday, January 7th my laptop crashed.  Like dead.  Would not work at all.  Cue freak out here.  I was super stressing since I have all of my private practice work/notes on it and needed to get a report for a case asap.  Great timing!  Luckily I have a wonderful IT guy at work who I could pay to fix it (for a small fee) during his free time.  To make a long boring story short I finally got it back on Tuesday night and so far so good.  It had a bad virus but he cleaned everything off and I'm starting fresh (reloading iTunes, all my pics, documents, etc).  Thankfully I had a back up which if you don't have I HIGHLY recommend!  I would be devastated to lose all my pictures and music.  Next up I need to learn how to back up my blog! 

At the same time my laptop was being repaired my car was in the shop.  Forever.  It took over two weeks but I am happy to report that I got my car back on Tuesday night too.  I don't even know the damage bill yet because my wonderful father paid it and now I'll make monthly payments to him.  The who car "situation" has been very frustrating and stressful.  I'm hoping it is fixed completely now and that I won't have any other problems with it for a LONG LONG time! 

I've had a headache since January 3rd to be exact.  Yup you read that right.  I've had a constant headache for 2 weeks and 2 days!  Good times.  I finally saw my neurologist on Tuesday (Tuesday was a busy day) and he diagnosed me with migraines.  The last time I saw him in October 2011 I had reported an extended headache so after putting it all together he figured out that I've likely been having migraines for some time.  Just add this to my long list of health problems.  So he started me on a medication which will hopefully prevent the migraines.  Bad news is that I have to start on a low dose and work my way up so it will take a while to know if it is working.  In the meantime I STILL have a headache (luckily much less painful then it has been). 

As I've mentioned in the past I do some work outside of my main job.  Currently I'm doing "supervised visits" for families that are court mandated.  I have several cases going on and that alone was stressful because I've been working 7 days a week for several months.  It is just too much!  I've been wishing that something would change and trying to figure out how to make that happen and then. . .  after a couple of "events" with one of my visitation cases I made the decision to resign as their supervisor.  I can't go into any detail due to confidentiality but let's just say I think it was a very good decision.  So now I will only be working 6 days a week - which I realize is still a lot but at least I get one day off!  

On another supervision case (that I did over the summer very briefly) the attorney send me a subpoena with no notice.  I was shocked since I've had no contact with this case since August.  I sent him an email telling him I thought it was unprofessional to give me such little notice and he responded via emailed and used the word "lambaste" which I thought must have been a type since I had never even seen the word let alone know what it means.  After some googling I figured out that he wasn't too happy with me.  The feelings were mutual.  I didn't end up needed to appear in court that day but still waiting to hear if I might be needed in the future.  Fingers crossed that the family settled.

So as you can imagine all this stress has not been good on my mood.  I've been an emotional mess!  Yup I'll admit it.  January has not gotten off to a good start for me and I'm hoping it is not an indicator of how 2012 will shape up!  I have a lot of exciting things planned for 2012 and I'm hopeful that it will be a great year.  Maybe I got all the bad stuff out of the way in January and am done.  Let's hope!

Sorry for the super boring blog post.  I promise to have happier things on the horizon! 

Our MS Fundraiser at The Paint Bar in this Saturday so I'll be sure to do a recap about that!  I'm very excited for it.  Also more info coming soon about joining The Bean Team for the Boston MS Walk on April 1st! 


  1. I'm sorry January has been so stressful!! :( I'm glad you had backed everything up on your laptop. I bought an external hard drive and back mine up constantly. I would FREAK if I lost my pictures. I have about 7 years worth (no joke).

    If you find out how to back up your blog, let me know. I need to do that!!

    I get migraines. They are no fun, but once you find the right medication, they are manageable.

    Sending you a hug. If you need a happy thought, baseball season is 80 days away!!


  2. omg - what a whirlwind! so sorry you have had a bad month but I am sure it will get better soon! I recommend you get a massage ASAP!!

  3. Hi Im a new follower... Also in Mass (N worcester county). was wondering if you can suggest good MS docs / neuros soc sec disability advocates etc...? I have undiagnosed MS. Ive been thru testing hell for 1 1/2 years (GRRR). P.S. I recommend coral calcium supreme (get from ebay - MUST have old man on label). It makes me feel more "solid", gives energy also. I like hematite, or Q-ray bracelet for pain. there are many other options to explore for pain relief, just have to experiment.

  4. Oh my gosh-- this all sounds so annoying!! Sucks. :( Thank GOD you had the computer backed up! I need to figure out how to back up my blog too...