#52snapshots–Weeks 42-43

On Thursday, October 14, I taught my two Holocaust courses at The College of New Jersey. Then I navigated my way to Mercer County Community College, stopped at a cafe for an early lunch–got the special–and hunkered down in the adjunct office until 3 pm and my US History II class.

But by the time 3 pm rolled around, I had grown uncomfortably warm. I felt nauseated. I dismissed my class after 10 minutes and on my way back to my car, I stopped at the security desk and said, “I need help.” A student there, who said he’d been medically trained by the Boy Scouts, made me drink an ice-cold bottle of water and applied ice compresses behind my neck and to my face. Security called the EMTs. My blood pressure was 244 over something. Next thing I knew I was en route to the nearest hospital. I was admitted for pancreatitis.

Within the next day or so, a GI surgeon popped in and informed me I had gall bladder issues. I was subjected to a two-hour nuclear test, half of which simulated my gall bladder dealing with fatty foods. I got sick all over again. The result? My gall bladder was operating at 23%. I had a choice to make about removing it.

I didn’t want to. My mother had gall bladder issues and succumbed from complications of surgery when she was 87 in 2008. But then I thought, I’m already in the hospital. Last Sunday, I underwent surgery. In the midst of all this, I had to think about my courses, how to get my car home, how to get myself home. I wanted to just let go and let someone else handle all this, but with the exception of my twin sister handling my car rescue and my brother-in-law taking me home, it still was all up to me. My son wanted to help, but he doesn’t live in New Jersey, and couldn’t get off work.

I’ve been back home since Tuesday evening, slowly recovering. One of my sisters hired an aide service from last Wednesday through yesterday. I have food deliveries set up. My cleaning service will take out my trash. Night time is the worst.

I’m learning from this experience:

  1. I do way too much.
  2. I need to streamline my activities.
  3. I need to incorporate more down time in my schedule.
  4. I’m terrible at self-care and self-compassion and I need to practice those.

New, free workshop

I am offering a free, 90-minute Writing Family History workshop on Sunday, November 14, at 2 pm ET. A four-session workshop series will follow beginning January 9. A four-session workshop series begins January 8 for Memoir. If interested, comment below or send an email to barbaradkrasner(at)gmail(dot)com.

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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8 Responses to #52snapshots–Weeks 42-43

  1. Susan Tarcov says:

    Take care, Barbara, so sorry to hear all this!

  2. dedefox says:

    What! Right after saying you’re doing too much, you offer a free workshop? Anyway, I’m sorry you’ve been so sick and hope you feel much better soon. If you’re Medicare age, there are services for homecare, meals, and rides through many programs that may help. Sending all good wishes.

  3. Meryl G Gordon says:

    Barbara, I’m so sorry to hear this! Wishing you refuah shleimah, a complete and speedy recovery! (Though speedy is relative – all major surgery takes at least 6 weeks recovery time!) Best wishes, Meryl G Gordon

    On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 9:26 AM The Whole Megillah wrote:

    > Barbara Krasner posted: ” On Thursday, October 14, I taught my two > Holocaust courses at The College of New Jersey. Then I navigated my way to > Mercer County Community College, stopped at a cafe for an early lunch–got > the special–and hunkered down in the adjunct office until 3 pm” >

  4. Sheila Baslaw says:

    Oh, Barbara I have always marvelled at all you do but there is a price.
    You have rescuers but now you must rescue yourself. Sounds like you have started on this new life-saving journey. Wish you healing and determination to be kinder to yourself.
    I look forward to your family workshops.

  5. Penny Taub says:

    Hope you feel better soon. Please, take the time to recover and enjoy the people willing and able to assist. God Bless you for a full healing. Penny

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