Tuesday, December 16, 2008

3 more days, 3 more days...

Oh my God, as I wrote that heading, I was struck with an idea so brilliant that I can't believe no one's come up with it yet. Actually, maybe someone has. I'm going to rewrite the "12 days of Christmas", but teacher-style. Like, "4 kids a' fightin' ", etc. Give me some time and I'll come up with something really good.

If you have any suggestions, based on things I've been bitching about, please post them! They don't have to be in "lyric" form yet--I can play around with them--just give me some ideas.

In other news:

I accidentally took nighttime cold pills instead of daytime ones around lunchtime today. At first, I couldn't figure out what happened--I thought someone had slipped Roofies into my soda or something. I didn't just get a "little drowsy"; for a while there, I was pretty sure that someone had shot me with a elephant tranquilizer dart. The rest of the day was actually pretty funny, considering that these were actual comments and conversations:

--"Miss K, what are you staring at?"

--[After a student stood at my desk and talked for about 7 minutes] "I'm sorry, what? Can you start again, please?"

--"Miss K, do you want us to turn this into the math folder or put it on your desk?"
"Yes, please, that'd be great."
[Imagine a very confused 5th grader] "Wait...yes to which one?"
[Pause] "....What was the question again?"

--"...So who ACTUALLY wrote the Declaration of Independence? Who was the guy they roped into writing that first draft? Jason?"
"I'm not Jason. I'm Danny."
"Close enough. Danny?"

I am not making any of this up. (And actually, that last one often happens even when I'm NOT doped up on meds, LOL. I feel so sorry for my future kids.)

And last (for now): I saw my crazy doc yesterday, and after my slipup over the summer, I have officially recovered and am back to "normal". In fact, I have once again been "promoted" to appointments every 3 months (instead of every month). Now, this doesn't mean that I haven't struggled with it. There have been many times when I feel that manic-ness bubbling under the surface, or when I've been angry and have wanted to hit someone or throw something or just let all hell break loose. The difference, though, is that I'm able to control it now. I recognize the signs and I do something about it before I progress to "Bad Jen." That's not to say that it's all "mind over matter" and that I can just wish away any future episodes. I know it's not that easy or simple, and I also know that meds don't "cure" the BP, they just slow down the frequency and intensity of the highs and/or lows. But overall, I'm in a pretty good place. (LOL--she started me on a new antidepressant about a month ago, and I mentioned to her that I've been feeling kind of bitchy and cranky and wondered if maybe I needed to try something new. She just gave me that over-the-glasses look and said, "Jen, you're a teacher and it's 4 days before Christmas break. I'd be more worried if you WEREN'T cranky."


Jen said...

i'm thinking of kids cheating

But then all the lines would be students doing this and doing that...you know? In the actual song, there's lords and ladies and maids and pipers....I'd just have students and kids doing a variety of different things. LOL. Actually, I could work in 12 teachers drinking...LOL that's a good one

Fred said...

I had a half day today. Home at 1 pm, napping by 2 pm.

Tomorrow, I go in at 9 am, then home at 1 pm for another nap.

Glad you're back to normal. I think.

Anonymous said...

You really need to be careful.

Renee said...

How about something about Bakugans and Tech Deck boards? You know, since they're the bane of your existence :-)

Congrats on your "promotion"! I can't tell you how proud I am of you for finally accepting the diagnosis and taking charge of it! You're awesome :-)

Nik said...

Well, I was gonna offer up some ideas, but hell you've already emailed me the completed carol, which rocks, BTW!

I would have loved to see you on elephant tranquilizers trying to enlighten the youth of this nation. God that had to be effin hilarious.

Jen, I know it's not easy for you, but you've done such an awesome job in dealing with your special kinda crazy. I honestly admire you for the way that you face this challenge. Since when is a bitchy,cranky Jen not normal though?

anna said...

Fun idea! I'm thinking: 11 runny noses or kids with colds.

Ditto to Renee, as always ;) I think you should include kids playing with toys you take away some how.
And it's really wonderful that you're doing so well with the BP!

LOL on the teaching kids on night-time cold meds!

Nik says the song is done? Email me!