Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Awright back to work

HIATUS: A couple of friends and readers noticed that it has been a few weeks since any postings were made here and a few other places. The reason for that amounts to the one thing I hate whining about on the blog and that is: Health. Thanks for those who dropped a line and asked what's up.

BACK STORY: About a year ago I noticed I was getting tired faster than was usual. I figured it was age and a few of the more rough and tumble activities of years past catching up with me so it didn't worry me any. Tweaked the diet a bit more and felt marginally better but noticed a few other things happening. Getting ill more often, hard time getting through an eight hour work shift. Then one day after a rain while walking to my car I tried jumping over a puddle and couldn't. I landed right in the middle of it. At that point I knew something bad was going on. So I made an appointment to get a check up. But before my scheduled doctor visit I ended up in the Emergency Room.

Apparently I had developed diabetes at some point over the last 2 years and health problems snowballed. That's what I get for being positive and telling myself that nothing was wrong and everything would work out alright eventually. So far I'm doing fine but I have up and down days. I'm usually a cheerleader at work but some days I can barely stand. The last 4 weeks have been more down than up. There is a constant pain that goes down my leg that made it impossible to stand for more than a few hours. The pain is somewhat blunted by lots of meds that often leave me loopy or sleepy.

SAY WHAT: A few months ago a manager made a comment that I shouldn't be working at their job site because my health may affect the store performance reports. I can think of a couple of laws that violated. Right after that I noticed things going on at work. Schedule was changed past available working hours, the schedule changed after it is posted (so I would be late for work), and receiving unlikely complaints. This in spite of always receiving 100% on secret shopper tests and other evals. Having in the past worked in Human Resources I can recognize when someone is getting managed out. Unless I'm blacking out periodically and demonstrating Tourette's in a fugue state there is no way I'm doing what is claimed. So last several weeks I've been in discussions with the Union and HR to keep my job. I'm pretty sure that however they start out, some work environments evolve to ensure loyal, hard-working, caring employees end up not caring about anything further than a paycheck and doing the absolute minimum required to get by. I'm not like that and never will be.

UPDATE: Today I found out I am not getting terminated. That's great and I've requested a transfer to another site because I feel I am in a hostile work environment. I can hack it but I don't want to lose a job because someone thinks I'm hostile or grouchy when what I really am is being on the verge of passing out. I'm wary of a manager that expressed I shouldn't be there because my being ill might make her look bad.

LIFE CHANGES: It's clear that some life changes are coming as I doubt I'm going to be able to continue what I do now for employment past a few years. There is too much lifting, bending and crouching at my current profession. Going forwards I probably need a sit down job. I can get a waiver from a doctor but it is accepted by an employer on a case-by-case basis and if they want you gone or feel there is to much liability risk they don't have to accept it. It may be I have to go on disability, a prospect I despise, until I find a job where I can sit in a chair all day.

BLOGGING: I enjoy it so I'm going to keep doing it. Yesterday was my first post here in a while and I'm hoping to keep it up by at least three original entries a week. I've determined that at least one post a week has to be socially relevant (though I'll decide what meets that criteria). Whenever I post something about religion, activism or politics I usually lose a follower but gain two or three. I can live with that. One post will probably be about Hayley Mills and the other will be something stupid. A few weeks ago I surpassed two million recorded visits to the site and that is pretty cool. Might be more but I don't think the stat-counter I use is all inclusive.Took awhile to get to that number and that's okay.

ACTIVISM: There's a project I've been sitting on for a while. I want to roll it out but I'm waiting for a copyright and other marks confirmation so I have some grounds to stop any aholeoid that ganks it for etsy or Zazzle or something. I've got some ideas to spread the message but I don't want anyone making any sort of profit from it.

WRITING: If in the future I'm not going to spend 12 hours a day working and then the rest looking after the family then I plan to start writing again. Haven't done it seriously for decades. A nice sit down job somewhere will allow me to focus. The last year or so I've been too exhausted to even think of pounding a keyboard like I used to. For sure though I won't be looking for a publisher. Probably go the self-publish route and hope it doesn't come off as fan-fic.

ART: Used to draw and do lots of multimedia art. Might do that again for fun if I can make a large enough work space in the house. The spouse used to make a living painting so maybe we can both get into something.

So anyhoo, that's it. Tomorrow is Hayley Mill's birthday. Not promising a big deal because of the tiredness issues but at the least there will be a post and links of some sort.


  1. Happy Hayley's birthday. Your blog is one of the small pleasures that get me through my week.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about your health troubles. I hope you're able to find the balance you need quickly. I'm glad to hear you're going to be doing more writing though. I'll be watching for updates about that.

  3. Thanks, MM. So far the diabetes is controlled by pills but mu sugar levels are not at my target (about 10-20 up above) in spite of eating nothing but chicken breast and spinach leaves several times a day. As for the writing I was semi-pro a few decades ago but so out of practice it's like starting anew as someone with the experience of a 7th grader with an IBM Selectric.

  4. Scot: Thanks. It's crazy that I'm one of the biggest web-presences for Hayley Mills there is. She's still on MySpace (via her manager). You'd think her manager would have her all over the place and as current as possible. Her tweet fanbase is pretty big from what I've seen.


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