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Sleep: A Thing of the Past

If ever I’ve felt like my head is on the chopping block, it’s now.

It’s 4:33 a.m. Josh is sleeping softly. The fan is gritty and loud but it’s nice and cool in my office area here (I know you’re reading this Almonds and snickering that I use the word “office”- it’s an office, dammit! One man’s corner is another man’s office…) and I’ve been contemplating my future, as always. I’ve been researching work-at-home (WAH) jobs for hours.

So now I find myself at an interesting fork in the road: probation officer vs. medical transcriptionist/transcriber: There are pros and cons to each. While the idea of working in probation, particularly in juvenile delinquency, is appealing, so is working from home. I already have a medical training background (Phi Theta Kappa/Ivy Tech) and am used to working in my pj’s already. (Which is absolutely awesome, I might add.) I spend long hours at the computer- nothing new- and am a disciplined workhorse. I could do either or.

But the thing I really need to consider most is that I’m still not 100% migraine free. When I get one of my killer migraines, it takes me down like a burning plane for 2 to 3 days. Can’t walk or move around, have to avoid bright lights and loud noises, and the accompanying nausea is the worst. Is it likely that any potential employer is going to want to give me two and three days off to recover? Each time? Like, every other month or so? I don’t get them often anymore, thanks to my proactive, homeopathic treatment, but when I do, they’re unforgivable. I’ve had a few bad ones in the past two months. This is something that I have to consider.

This makes working from home a much more practical and reasonable solution. I’ve only got a few more months to solidify my plans and I want to make sure they’re the right ones. I’m going to keep my specifics under lock and key, but I’ve already been accepted into a great college in Washington today. Spoke to an adviser, registered, sorted out the financial aid and bing-bang-botta-boom– I’m in!

My medical transcription (MT) program is an ADHI approved school. It’s not a drive-thru cheapo certificate. it’s a 43 credit hour $4,000 program that partners with Career Step, one of the best MT programs in the country. The best part is that I qualify for financial aid so the entire thing is FREE (for me). Sweetness.

I may interlude and scamper on over and pick up my MT certification (backup plan at the very least- a great sleeper “didn’t see this coming” killer stay at home career at the greatest) before jumping right in to begin working on my BA in Criminal Justice. Before I look too far down the road, I want to start with my MT certification. The worst case scenario is that I might’nt get my BA or return to school at all, but between the MT work (even part time) and doing a few school readings here and there with my children’s book, it would be enough supplemental income to be comfortable. Whichever I choose, I’ll still get the next two months off. That’s like winning the lottery to me. 🙂

There’s a chance I’ll make plans to be a plumber, skydiver, sword swallower, or BMV worker tomorrow or next week, but for today, this is what I’m going to do with my life.

Think I’ll put on a strong pot of coffee and get to work on my Biology research paper. I’ll be researching and writing about whether or not it’s ethical to give children with ADHD  mood altering and psychiatric medicine who may not understand the possible long-term repercussions. Don’t even get me started…

(Four days to go!)


And counting…

8 responses

  1. Keep the coffee warm, and keep a clear head! And stay away from mood altering blogs until that paper is done.

    April 29, 2014 at 5:02 pm

  2. I can understand the migraine issue. I used to get them a lot and it used to take me three days to completely get over them. I have often thought about using photoshop to manipulate images to look like migraines but I am afriad it might trigger one.

    April 29, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    • I hear you! Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to have a realistic idea of just how bad a “suicide headache” is. (There’s a reason they’re called suicide headaches! People used to prefer death to suffering one of of those things.) If you ever venture into “migraine art”, clue me in. I’d be interested in seeing it.

      April 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm

  3. Do you mind talking about what you do for your migraines? I get them so bad. Mine are intractable which means nobody knows what triggers them and they can last for weeks. The last bad one was 15 days back in January. I’ve had one trying to get me for a few days now.

    April 29, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    • No problem. It’s highly controversial so I’ll share it with you via an email. It’s a wonderful “cure” (or the closest thing to it) but it comes with disclaimers and given to the wrong person (with addictive personality disorder, etc.) it could be toxic. So, I’m careful who I share the info. with. But if you’re a migraine sufferer like me- the benefits outweigh the harm and I’m virtually migraine free, compared to how I used to live. (Previously, I would be down 4 days of every week consistently- for years. I had to drop out of college and was a prisoner of pain. My quality of life had gone down so much, I couldn’t function. Just always in hideous pain- crying- sick, bedridden- nobody knew what to do for me! My source of pain was also untraceable, which made it very difficult to receive an effective diagnosis, much less a “remedy”. After much research, I proceeded to formulate my own homeopathic, all natural pain management therapy. Finally, I was able to reduce my pain by up to 85% overall and get my life back. I’ve been in school for years successfully and have increased my quality of life SIGNIFICANTLY. Anyway, if you give me your email address, I’ll fill you in. ;0)

      April 29, 2014 at 8:25 pm


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