Thursday, May 17, 2012
I KNEW IT!!!!! Last week WAS the calm before the storm LOL This week was tough. No, it was borderline insane, with a few flat out miserable moments. As always, I did everything I could to find the positive in each moment BUT it was a challenge to say the least.
I was preparing for my final two fundraising projects of the school year, to be held Thursday and Friday. Everyday, I felt like I never had enough time. No time to finish phone calls, spreadsheets or lock in the details...no time to breathe. Nights were difficult as I struggled with sleeping and was up 4-5 times a night to pee. Besides the busy schedule and sleepless nights, this week just happened to be one of the hottest we have had in a while. I work in the valley, so that meant temperatures of 90+ degrees for a very pregnant Phys. Ed. teacher with 90% of my classes outside. Let me tell you a little formula I figured out…hot weather + walking around all day + 8 months pregnant = seriously swollen feet and ankles!! Even my legs looked swollen LOL
Physically I felt slower this week and honestly, I don’t like that at all. My loving and patient husband continues to remind me that it is ok to slow down (physically and scheduling wise) but I was and still am having a hard time accepting that.
Last night was the first of the two fundraisers. I was on my feet all day teaching classes and didn’t take a break before the fundraiser started. After about 3 and a half hours of prepping food, selling food and serving food, I glanced down at my ankles. I let out a yelp when I saw what looked like tree trunks! One of my students heard me scream and looked down, then MADE me sit with my feet elevated for 20 minutes. I was cracking up because the student and parent volunteers literally did not let me get up for 20 minutes. Even though I hated sitting down, I appreciated that they cared so much about me to make sure I chilled out for a little while.
I had planned to attend the second fundraiser the following evening, but after the ridiculous swelling, I decided that I better just set up everything and then ask another teacher to be the lead so I could rest. Thankfully, a wonderful colleague of mine stepped up to the challenge and led our volunteers Friday night. Both fundraisers were successful and I learned again that I must listen to my body! I must be okay with slowing it down especially when my body is giving me “red flag” signals. If I ignore them, I will just pay for it later and I don’t want that!
Looking forward to next week, a little rest and my baby shower…