It has been way too long since I have last posted, so I'll be updating you about the past two months.
I finished up teaching at Atchison Middle School.
I was happy to pack up my classroom and move on to another school. As my last day approached, I began to think about all the things I would miss. Looking back, teaching there was a great experience; I learned many things and am a better teacher than I was when I began there. The last day was a rough one, filled with tears and hugs from the staff. I'll greatly miss the wonderful people who were more than just co-workers.
I moved out of my parents' house and to Randolph.
I couldn't believe how much stuff I had until I packed it all up to move. Moving day went well. Luckily I had lots of help including Riley, his parents, and my parents. Once moved, Riley and I spent several weeks getting things put away and making our house a home. It is still a work in progress and I have lots of projects in the works.
I started my new summer job.
My summer job started out at the end of May. I am working as a preschool teacher which is a huge change after spending the last two years teaching middle school students. I'll admit, the first week or two were rough. The kiddos were a bit crazy, but now things are going smoothly and I'm really enjoying the job. The little hugs, smiles, and I love yous from the kiddos make it all worth it.
I traveled to Ohio to visit the Cleveland Clinic.
After dealing with costochondritis for 3 years, a doctor suggest that I have an echo to make sure that it wasn't anything serious. When the echo results came back, they were not normal so I was referred to a cardiologist. I went to St. Francis in Topeka to have a transesophageal echo followed by a cardiac MRI. These tests showed that I have anomalous pulmonary venous return which is rare. Because of the rareness, I was sent to the Cleveland Clinic this week. I had a couple echos, a cardiac catheterization, and met with a cardiologist. While there, I found out that they would be able to schedule open heart surgery at the beginning of August.
This medical issue was totally unexpected and everything happened all at once. However, I am relieved that I know what is going on and that it can be fixed. The timing is pretty terrible as I just moved, am starting a new job, and am planning a wedding. Oh well, there probably is no real good time to have surgery. I'm hoping for the best and trying not to stress about it