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To all my Spark Friends...

Monday, January 21, 2019

I'm still here and plugging away. I'm just feeling very beaten down right now. It's been a challenging end of year and start to the new year. I'll explain; but first I'd like to apologize.

Normally over the holidays I reach out to all my friends on Spark to wish them well and a good start to the New Year. I still wish that for you all and I'm sorry you're hearing from me late.

It started just before Thanksgiving when I got the flu. For the first time since I was a small child, I actually had a fever of 100+. It was not fun and I don't recommend it to anyone.

The flu was quickly followed up with pneumonia. I had to cancel our family plans and all. No fun there either.

I went back to work and noticed I was having some trouble with my back. I just assumed it was an old injury acting up on me. Guess what, I was wrong. After some new and frightening symptoms I went to the doctor to follow up and it turns out my back pain was due to a kidney infection. So there went another week... and all my Christmas plans.

I got a phone call about 4 days into being treated when I found out that the infection was resistant to the antibiotics I was on at the time. So I switched. I was also by this point barely sleeping and barely eating. Not a weight loss method I recommend.

I thought I was over it and went back to work again. After several days another fever kicked in on my. Turns out I wasn't quite over the infection. So, back on antibiotics I went. I was also put on bed rest.

I'm doing better now and finally back to work full time. But to add insult to injury, I just found out last week that our research program has had it's funding cut right out of existance. So, after 16 years I'm going to have to find a new job. At my age it's going to be challenging. It's been so long I'm not even sure how to start.

So, right now, I'm just feeling a little beaten down. I'm trying to stay positive and keep moving forward. I just wanted to let you all know I'm still here, still thinking of you and sending out positive thoughts!

Spark on my friends!

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    I hope things are looking up for you. emoticon
    795 days ago
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    Hoping that things are going better for you.
    796 days ago
    I wish I would've read this earlier...Hope things are better..
    Lot of things going on at one time..your friends are here to support you...
    Sending you prayers, to give you strength, support...
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    909 days ago
    I am so sorry Chris. I hope that just the right job shows up for you.You might be surprised sometimes experience wins out over youth !
    916 days ago
    You know I am here for you if you need to talk.
    916 days ago
    So sorry to hear of your health problems and NOW your work problems. Certainly prayers for you and your family at this time. Please keep us updated on your situations; we have your back and wish you success.
    916 days ago
    Boy it has kicked you. Hope you are over all the illnesses. Hopefully you can network and find a job that is suitable for you. Praying for you
    916 days ago
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  • LORI-K
    I am so sorry to hear you've been through so much. I hope you feel better with each passing day and pray a new job occurs for you very soon!
    Stay strong.
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    916 days ago
    Wow what bad luck! I am so sorry to hear that. I hope things get better for you really soon.
    916 days ago
  • 97MONTY
    Here is a prayer for health and that great job that you will find.
    916 days ago
    OH my goodness. First of all, I am glad you're feeling better. That's a good thing.

    I am so, so sorry the funding for your research was cut! It's a difficult world out there. Job searches are incredibly complex. BUT . . . with that said, I just want to encurage you to keep your head up. We moved here to WI from IL as DH was offered a position in Milwaukee area. Well, that lasted almost 7 yrs. His whole department was closed. It took him quite a while (he was 62) to find another job. But he did. While he was working there, another spectacular offer came along (this 2 yrs. later). It was back in IL. **SIGH** But we couldn't move, because I was caring for my parents, who were living w/us. Anyhow, fast forward, that job came along when he was 64, almost 65. He is still wroking there now and LOVE the job. There is hope out there and it takes time! Prayers and hoping that you have good luck.

    916 days ago
    When it rains, it pours. Right? Sorry to hear about your problems I hope things turn around for soon.
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    916 days ago
  • MEDIC1706
    Sorry to hear you have had such a bad past few months. Hope you are feeling better and find another dream job soon.
    916 days ago
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