Day 2 of trip: Here is the link to the blog where I will hopefully be talking about my trip but that’s where I will try to be as positive as possible/something that I can share with everyone: http://maggzipopsers.blogspot.com/
So if I need to talk about things I don’t want everyone to see, I will post them here where you guys understand! Right now just in a lot of pain – hips mainly. Not sure what is exactly bringing it on, maybe just this bed is not good to sit on. I’m also cold, hungry, lonely… could I complain some more? I cannot eat the food here, barely at all … it’s so salty and it just makes my stomach turn even thinking about it. So much salty, egg soup… gag. Maybe it will be a bit easier when the mild altitude sickness subsides? Also, I have to get up really early tomorrow… like 7:20, which at least is 8:20 on home time, but I’m scared about getting up and I’m scared about being able to fall asleep… which is really conducive to falling asleep!
Day 3: Not having internet is hard! So used to being able to talk to everyone and look stuff up all the time. I brought my mini electrical stim machine so I think that finally helped my hips/low back last night some. I actually had to get up a bit earlier than I thought, at 7:00 am, but I did it! Finally got to take a shower today… the electric heater thing on the shower was not working but the host family said it was so I finally tried to take a cold shower but it was so painful! And then miraculously it warmed up after a bit… such a relief. Nervous for Spanish class coming up – I wish I was going to have a female teacher instead of a guy, would feel more comfortable.
Day 4: Actually teacher was really nice. Social anxiety is hard but it was pretty fun actually.
Day 5: Pain day :( And my friend who I am here with is just being really negative and difficult and I’m sad.
"Over the last couple years I’ve developed a strategy for dealing with exactly that: Make the Job Smaller. Have the energy to do a little bit of something productive, but the tasks facing you are huge? Don’t even try to finish a whole task. Instead, consider that your assignment is simply Making the Job Smaller. Folding one item of clean laundry out of the pile and putting it away = success. Answering one email you’ve been putting off = success. And so forth. If I try to tackle the entire pile of whatever, it’s overwhelming and I feel like a failure. But Making the Job Smaller is not so hard! I can do that! And then I get to feel better about myself for accomplishing something, however tiny, plus now the job facing me is slightly less huge and scary."
#make the job smaller
Hi! I’m not certain that they were, (they did say ‘she wouldn’t be able to see out of that eye anymore’ but i’m not sure if that indicated surgery or not) but i’m just relieved that someone is looking out and she has gotten some vet help too. Thanks!
thanks for the support mrs-shelby-licious! that is definitely what needed to be done… today we called and they said they took the cat to the vet, and when i wasn’t convinced we talked to them again and asked questions and it sounds like they had the eye treated and the cat is on antibiotics! so i’m relieved about that. in response to the person who was talking about farm cats/work animals: mending or euthanizing the animal is one thing - letting it suffer is another! also this is a well-off place in mid-state NY, the cat was a boon to their business, there is no excuse to let an animal suffer and the customs of animal care in the US are well-established. when i was in peru (where i will be again soon) animal care is very different - dogs run around in packs and they might be someone’s pet, maybe not, but the attitude toward pets is much more casual/people don’t have the money to spend. anyway i’m glad everything is going to be ok :)