Relaxing, waiting for the New Year. Not much choice as I am partly deaf due to a sinus infection.
This is the time of year when the media review the past year and make predictions for the new. In addition, we get a decade review and projections of what will happen in the next ten years.
Started off terrible. I was in the middle of a battle with my employer to resolve my "duty to accommodate" request, which came close to becoming a grievance. I lost six months of pay due to extreme fatigue, caused by the aggravation of my MS. I wasn't sure if I could go on. I wanted to quit working only to have it over and done. My employer refused to acknowledge my MS. They picked on one tiny part of a Health Canada report to insist that I MUST seek psychiatric treatment before they would even consider accommodating me. I'm telling you, there were times I felt like I was in the 1950's Soviet Union. Nothing is more evil than the person who smiles at you and then proceeds to try and destroy you.
Please, Please, if you are not trained in medicine or psychology don't try and impose your half baked ideas about therapy and drugs on someone. And if you no nothing about an illness; either educate yourself or shut up!!
Fortunately, providence rescued me in the form of a court case that ruled in favour of another woman who was going through similar hell. The attitude of my employer at the time was to impose accommodation rather than accommodate. There is a big difference. I don't know why they had that attitude and I don't care. I'm just glad that a judge had enough brains to review policy and give them all a legal slap!
Even after I received my accomodation it was a tug of war. This one person just couldn't stand being bested, even though allowing me to work at home was the right thing to do.
Then in the summer something strange (but good) happened. I made peace with a relative. End result of that is I came into some unexpected money, which I used to fix up my dilapidated house.
What I want to say is things can get better. You must hang in there. We all of us go through trying times and things can look bleak but we must not lose hope.
When things are better, remember the bad times but don't dwell on them. Use them as a lesson and savour the good. Oh ain't I the little philosopher!
I want to say Thank You to the following :
My Son. Kid, without you I don't know how I would have made it. You're awesome.
My Dad. Thanks for accepting my wanting to make peace. Oh and thanks for the money too. My house feels more like a home now.
Mom Thanks for the cross and your blessings. Keep praying. I think it works.
Frank. You kept telling me things would get better and they did. Your positive attitude was and is a tonic. You're one interesting guy.
Cathy, The Debbies, Joanne and Marta. You helped me out and prevented my cracking up. Thanks girls.
Postcards. Yeah my hobby was a good distraction from all my misery. Love ya, postcard pals.
The beautiful nature trails of Hamilton. Those walks restore my soul.
The birds in my backyard. Even though I spend too much time daydreaming when I watch you from my office window. Yeah even you crazy woodpecker!!
Dr. Paulseth. For being such a calm, cool, collected, doctor. You assured me I wasn't nuts when others were trying so hard to make me feel that I was.
Oh and thanks to all the bloggers out there who helped me unravel the crazy mystery of MS. Your advice,your stories, are an inspiration.
Here's looking to a truly Happy 2010 for all of us.