I am prepping for my second knee replacement which will take place next Wednesday. I am excited rather than apprehensive-- already planning my recovery and I know what to expect. A nurse I call "mine" is going to be on duty and I already told the rehab professionals I had last time I want them again so I am ready to rock the newest knee. It has been amazing how much better I have felt with only one bad knee I can walk fast, stand a lot longer and just so many good things that sneak up on me and I think wow! that's new. Occasionally I would catch myself walking at the speed I needed for my old knee, it is a habit of years, then I would speed up.
This last week of packing up my classroom and getting it ready for what might possibly be my last year of teaching did let me know that I really do need this surgery. It was a rough year with a style of discipline in our building that does not work for our students, we are getting another new principal that I know and respect and love as a parent of 3 of my former students. I hear she is tough, but I do my job and if you do your job--why worry. I know it will be tough to overcome the laxity of the past two years but I also know she can do it. She took an alternative school into hand an turned it around. She'll do the same for us. We have had three principal changes in 4 years and churning of teachers in one of the most stable schools in the city. We are churning again this year, though some have thought about staying to give our next principal a chance.
I had become almost positive I mean 100% positive that this would be my last year in my career, it had become so miserable in some ways, now, I don't know, I could be revitalized mentally as well as physically. Onward and upward, If I retire I can go to ISU for $5 a class.. I could go to the grand kids any time of the week or year... there's that.