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Mrs. Smith’s Magic Schoolbus

Mrs. Smith’s Magic Schoolbus!

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My perfect job!

If you are anything like me, when you work…you fantasize about being able to NOT work. I felt like that, and I’m in the small percentage of people that LOVED their job! I’ve been to the other side now, and it ain’t that great.

So here I am, back in my element with the kids. My MS (after a nosedive like no other) is going back into remission (if that’s possible).  Not working is actually making me sick now. I think that’s when you know. Being at home BECAUSE I am sick, felt necessary in order for me to function and be well. Not working now that I can is actually making (keeping) me sick.

Knowing that I can’t do what I did, my task was to consider what I can do and examine the job possibilities out there that align with what I need.

Hmmmm:

1)      I need part time

2)      Not too physically demanding (Barista is out)

3)      Physically demanding. A desk job or a work at home computer job is out. When you’ve been at home and limited in what you can do for so long, being out and physical becomes very important

4)      Continuous interaction with people. Kids have been my group of choice. They give me positive energy and there is no adult cattiness. I like being the one in charge. I like setting the tone.

School Bus Driver! My perfect job! I started two weeks ago and I am loving it already 🙂 The training is quite extensive. I am at the beginning of it but, I can see it now! Mrs. Smith’s Magic School Bus

Humor me and watch this video. I’ve followed Mrs. Fritz on countless science adventures.

Any and all children you have access to should watch with you. Yes, that means you, Dominique, Gaven, Tahlia, Raven and Phalyn! Leave a comment and tell me if you liked it.

Comments from adults are welcome too:

Have you found yourself going back to work? Have you changed work environments completely? Have you disclosed any information about your MS (or other chronic illness)?

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To Not Unravel

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When I began to unravel, I knew I needed help, and more than a girlfriend. I saw Dr, Allison Henry, a clinical psychologist.
In addition to seeing her once a week, she suggested the book, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. By Jon Kabat-Zinn I found it very helpful.

I began to practice Mindfulness Meditation and it made a huge difference in my life.
I felt like I was better able to handle the stress, and stress triggered my MS. We will never be able to eliminate it from our lives but we can equip ourselves with the most effective coping skills to handle it.

I am sure that it had a positive affect on how I handled the stress of the classroom and my MS.

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