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31 January 2003

capenv.JPG (28855 bytes)I pulled the car into the carport and there it sat. The very thing I didn't want to see. An envelope from The Psychiatrist (the one I transcribe for).

I rarely see the Psychiatrist. We communicate via this little blue box. When he has work for me, he clips it to the outside of the box; when I've finished it, I put it inside the box and he, or someone who works for him, comes to pick it up. We've had this arrangement for literally decades.

It's not that I don't like him. He and his wife have friends of ours for about 25 years and we spend New Years Eve at their home. It's just that he and I are busy people and our paths rarely cross, so t his system of transferring work from him to me and back again has served us well.

He's also the least demanding person you'd ever want to meet. I don't think that in the 25+ years that I've worked for him he has ever once gotten mad at me, and that he has never once forgotten to be effusive in his gratitude for my getting his work done--even if it's late, which it often is now that I work full time again. He pays me on time and has never ever questioned my fees. When I raise them, he never questions, he just writes a check. We had a mixup in billling last month and he ended up paying me about $250 more than he should and when I returned his check to him, he said I could have kept it and he'd never have known.

But I wouldn't do that.

However, there are days when the sight of this innocuous little envelope clipped to the front of the blue box is close to being the straw that breaks this camel's back.

I'm almost 60. I'm getting too old to be holding down 3+ jobs. Especially when things are going hot and heavy at the office.

hydra3_sm.jpg (7803 bytes)There is a big problem working for someone who is able to concentrate on 15 different things at once. He's kind of the hydra-headed gynecologist. But because he can have 15 different projects going at the same time, doesn't mean that I can keep up with him.

The past two days have been brutal. I'm dealing with the accountant about our end of the year profit and loss statement, with a sign painter about painting a new sign for the new machine we're getting, I'm calling prescriptions in to pharmacies, setting up cardiac assessment for patients, opening and dealing with the mail, watering the plants, sitting on the phone trying to get through to insurance companies, trying to fix the copier, fighting with the computer software guy about some memory upgrades we need, counseling patients, making corrections on the draft of his soon-to-be-published book, paying the bills, helping with exams, vacuuming.

In the middle of all this, we had a mini performance review, where he pointed out that things were going "OK," but that I lacked "organization." No argument from me there, but it's hard to be organized with no flat surfaces on which to organize anything, and mountains of work of such varied nature thrown at you. And the ever-disapproving eye when the desk is messy, which leaves me spending more time straightening it (unsuccessfully, I might add) which tends to sometimes bury important "timely" stuff under something less timely, but which was in the latest stack that got dropped on my desk because he doesn't like HIS work area to be messy.

Normally I just kind of ignore him and do my own thing. I stick with him because with all his foibles, he does have a good heart most of the time. But this week, my ability to cope is a lot weaker. Yesterday I seriously considered walking out the door and just not returning.

Today was better, but by the time I left the office, I was aware that I was wound up tighter than a spring, that I wanted to scream, and that I had a desperate craving for peanut butter. I do wish I were the sort of person whose stomach wouldn't let her eat when she was upset. But no, when I'm upset I get ravenous and eat everything in sight.

To my credit, I knew I had some dried raspberries (2 points for a lot of them) and I just ate those and it got me through the munchies. I'm going to take this eating thing one day at a time at this point, set shorter term goals (as someone suggested I do) and see how that goes.

I'm sure it doesn't help the stress level to bring home his transcription and try to get his and the psychiatrist's kept up to date plus running out to review a show a few times a week, which means staying up until 1 to write the review--and then getting up at 5 to meet Cindy to go bike riding.

Does anybody have any hint about why I might be the teensiest bit stressed at the moment?

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There's nothing on my mind that couldn't be expressed by a long insane burst of hysterical rage.

~ Ashleigh Brilliant

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One Year Ago
Free Association (or relatively cheap)
Unfortunately, along with loving the friends in one's life comes the inevitable moment when you have to say "goodbye." Whether it's a final goodbye that comes with an unexpected death, or whether it's the end of time spent together, not knowing if there will ever be another opportunity to see each other, goodbyes are painful and I hate having to say them. The wonder of friendships is when you are able to reunite and rekindle those sparks of friendship again.

Two Years Ago
Juice and Crackers
Juice and crackers is my philosophy of life. I developed it when the kids were in nursery school and it has stood the test of time.

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