Thursday, October 25, 2007

Exhausted.

I'm not keeping up with reading your blogs or posting as often as I would like. It turns out that treating a family member, even palliatively, is very stressful. I'm not sleeping well, and feel all glassy-eyed and distracted when I am awake. I hope to get back to normal soon, although I am not confident enough to make promises about it. And aside from treating a family member, all four of our machines are due for annual testing and that is also taking up a lot of my time. Then on top of it all lies the slowly creeping crisis situation with Atlanta's water supply, leading to a further feeling of unease. Oh yeah, and our department is getting a new chairman in January. Who knows what changes that will bring? More unease and uncertainty. I wish I were one of those serene people who don't let things bother them. Unfortunately I am not that type. I am restless and tense. Not a patient person who can wait calmly to see how things turn out.

But this weekend, I have just the thing to help keep my mind off the turmoil: a home project! There are no Tech football games this Saturday or next, so I'll be stripping the yucky wallpaper off of the bathroom walls. The other bathroom needs to be scraped and sanded and have some drywall repair. We also have a new front door to pick up and install, and we want to take out the old glass shower doors. The next weekend after this one, I will paint the bathrooms and we will re-caulk the tub. Projects are good. They keep you busy and give you a sense of accomplishment, and make it a little easier to forget all the problems swirling around outside your door.

8 comments:

LL said...

Just take a long hot shower and all your worries will go away... ;)

trinamick said...

Or drink a case of longnecks. Same effect. :)

magnetbabe said...

Projects are the perfect thing to keep you from stewing. Good luck this weekend and hope work gets better really soon.

dr sardonicus said...

I hear ya, my friend. Caregiving can be very stressful. At least I have a job with Civil Service protection and relatively few surprises. As for being glassy-eyed and distracted, though, that's a regular feeling for me - that's the curse of the night shift.

Trinamick and LL have some good ideas. My suggestion would be to split the case of longnecks with PDM, then take a long hot shower together...

fermicat said...

ll and dr s - long showers are out. Water shortage, ya know.

trinamick - great idea, except I substituted a couple of exotic flavored martinis for the longnecks and got a little loopy. OK, a *lot* loopy for an hour or so until it wore off.

magnetbabe - the toolboxes are out, the cats are in safe places, PDM and a friend are at the store picking up the new door and associated hardware, and I have already taken a series of "before" photos! The guys are going to do the front door and I am ready to go strip the wallpaper from the bathroom walls.

I feel better today. Last night I had those fancy martinis and very unhealthy "dinner". We had a huge plate of loaded fries (topped with cheese and bacon, with sour cream on the side) at the pub, then went to another place and ordered a pair of obscenely large desserts and had those for dinner. Came home and went to bed early. I slept for 12 hours: 9 to 9. I probably gained five pounds in one evening due to sloth and excessive fat and sugar intake!

LL said...

There's a water shortage down there? Hmmm... you'd have thought I'd have heard something about that...


:ewink:

Jeni said...

A water shortage here in a small city in the western part of our county has the water manager asking people to conserve water usage meanwhile, about 15 miles to the east of that place, in our county seat, the water manager is saying that people who are conserving water there are doing it so much the water co. may have to -again -raise rates in order to drag in enough income to pay their expenses. Damned if you do, damned if you don't situation going on in my area, as you can see!

Kathleen said...

Yay! to unhealthy food!