I am still able to work full time. I feel blessed for many reasons. First, I love my career as a speech-language pathologist. Second, I’m lucky to have such good health insurance. Third, I can still physically work. I admit it is getting harder, and I am beyond hurting at the end of the day, but it is still doable. In addition to working part time, I also see private clients two nights a week (sometimes turning my day into 12 hours out of the house). I volunteer for some organizations and activities for my schools. There are weeks in which I leave at 7:00 am and don’t get home until 7:15 pm or later. I work extra hours to pay for the dog’s medical needs and I volunteer because I have difficulty saying no to people when they ask me to help. I guess it’s time I learn.
After going through some recent illnesses, I’ve basically drained all my physical resources. I’m exhausted and having issues with my joints and breathing. I’m getting treatments but my energy has dropped to nil. After talking with my doctor, I realized I have to cut way back. Reluctantly, I’m resigning from several organizations that I volunteer for and I’m cutting back on anything else that takes extra time and energy I do not have. I feel terrible guilt, but I just can’t do it anymore.
I so wish I could stop working extra hours, but I see no way to manage Georgia’s needs without extra funds right now. Maybe I’ll start playing the lottery in my new found free-time.
It’s going to be tough to not say yes anymore.