Since I have been off work, due to knee surgery, I have been contemplation a career change. I work in retail putting up freight for Wal-mart. I have been with them for almost 13 years. The toll of working the freight is causing me to have back trouble and knee trouble. I need to find something less physical. One career that I am thinking about is becoming a Copy Editor. I have been reading up on this field and all that it entails. My nephew has a friend in publishing that he has been talking to in trying to learn how to get into freelance copy editing. He showed her my blog and she liked what she saw. She really liked the way that I edited the story that I am writing with my sister, HOW TO CATCH A HUMAN.
So now I am asking you for any information and insight into this career. I would like to know, Should I take a course in copy editing or go back to school and get a degree? Any information that you can give me would be highly appreciated. I would like to have as much information that I can before I make a decision. I know I will have to work at it for a while before I can quite my job and do nothing but copy editing. I just need to do something that is not as physical as what I am doing now. So let me know, What you think about this change? Any and all information is welcome. I have also invested in a few books on the subject to help me with this decision.
The surgery was a success, and I am now home. I had to be there this morning by 8am, but did not go into surgery until close to 12:30pm. The surgery before me was taking longer than they thought. After the surgery I woke up pretty quickly. It surprised the nurses how I was able to put myself into the recovery chair without help. I am now home and in bed watching t.v. with Charlie.
The only problem I had when I came home was the four steps to get into the house. Let’s just say I will not be doing that again anytime soon. The ride home was good, only a little bit of nausea coming home. I am waiting for pizza to be delivered because I have not eaten anything since yesterday at around 5:30pm. I had a few crackers when I woke up from surgery. Well I will talk to you later. I am going to watch t.v. and relax.
I went swimming today with my niece Jade, and I had a lot of fun. I have not been swimming in about two years or more. I basically went to take some weight of my knee for a while to help with my knee pain. I also went to swim laps in the pool. I am hoping this will help me to lose enough weight so I can have my knee surgery. I go in August to get a second opinion with another orthopedic surgeon. I hope he will tell me that he can do the surgery right away. I am getting tired of being in pain and always watching how I place my foot, so that I will not step WRONG and hurt it more.
I have already stepped wrong twice, and my knee has been hurting ever since. Now my right knee is hurting me since I stepped wrong and twisted it. So now it is very hard to stand after sitting for a while. I have to stand very slowly so my knee does not give on me. It seems that every other week I miss one or two days of work. So I really hope this doctor will do the surgery and I do not have to wait anymore. I am getting tired and I believe that it is time to wrap it up. I will talk with you later.
Here lately I seem to have lost my focus. I cannot focus on what I need to be doing, paying bills, writing my review, or just writing in general. I will sit at the computer and stare willing the words to appear on the screen, but nothing happens. I guess I have too many things going on around me to focus on any one task. I try to help with the house work while Mom Is taking care of my Grandmother now that she is home. Grandma still has a long way to go in her recovery, she still cannot walk yet or use her left arm, but she is getting feeling back. This says that the brain is trying to make new pathways and going around ny damage. The other day they say that she kicked her left leg, because something was bothering her and she kicked it off the bed. This was great news!
Also I cannot seem to focus, because now I am seeing a cardiologist to find out what was causing my chest pains back in January, and February. I have to go in next week to do a nuclear stress test on Wednesday, and a sonogram on Thursday. Maybe we can get this resolved and I can focus on something else. Also work has been crazy, and my knee pain has been worse since I stepped wrong and popped it.
I know things will fall into place and I will get back to writing posts more often, I just have to be patient and let it take its course. I guess I could also change my environment and go to the library, or Starbucks in Barnes & Nobles and write. Maybe that will jumpstart the writing juices. For now I will take it one step at a time and just write about random things, and write my reviews a few days after I read the book. So for now I will go to bed and let my brain rest. I will talk with you later.
It seems that after all the drama of my Grandmother’s stroke is in the past and the rehabilitation I still in progress and this makes her third rehab place that she has been put in. Family that you come to depend on helping in taking some of the load has suddenly stopped helping or coming by as often as they did. I don’t know if this is them thinking that she will not get any better than she is right now or they have suddenly gotten too busy to help out. If it is the first, then I would like them to take a moment and reflect on all the setbacks that my Grandmother has gone through that has halted a lot of her rehabilitation time. She has had c-dif, dehydration, first stages of pneumonia, a bedsore that has not healed because of neglect, 2 different types of infections, and a kidney infection. One of the infections was one that she had to be hospitalized because it was antibiotic resistant and had to be treated by IV antibiotic fluids. The bedsore could have been healed by now if one of the places did not let her sit in her own feces for 2 hours, in which caused bacteria to get into the bedsore and make worse.
My mom and my aunt can not do it alone. They also have my cousin who is my aunt’s daughter who also checks on my grandmother and helps out. Now today my mother went up there early this morning and took my grandfather, and this evening she asked one of my uncles to take my grandfather to see my grandmother. He was to call my grandfather, he never called and my mom took my grandfather to see my grandmother. If my uncles besides the one that is helping already would just help out one or two days a week this would help the others take a break. They are getting burned out an it is taking an emotional and physical toll. Something has to give before my mother has a total meltdown. When that happens all hell will break loose and I don’t want to be around when it happens. That saying when David Banner tells people who “You won’t like me when I get angry!” That is my Mom. For when she gets mad it is not a pretty site and it is usually hard to get her back in control.
If family would just help out more it would be better for all. Also if they would educate themselves more on stroke victims and how it affects them, they would know that when they are stressed or have a high level of anxiety, they will progress a lot slower on their therapy. So there is my ranting for the day, I will go back to reading and writing on my book. I will talk with you later and remember May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Until tomorrow.