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Getting back to work never felt so good

I’m sure most of us have dreamed of winning the lottery or inheriting enough money to never have to work again, I know I have.

For the last several months part of my dream came true, I was able to not have to get up every day and get to work. I filled my days with jam making, baking, and doctor visits.

It seemed to be one thing right after the other for the past year, ultimately leaving me no choice but to take Family and Medical Leave Act days off from work and hope I could return.

I worked through many of my hardships and used up sick days as my potassium numbers teetered on the brink of heart attack range last November, came back to work and started losing weight drastically, putting my weight way too low for my liking.

I then injured my foot stepping off a curb, which put me in a boot last spring; I worked with the boot on.

Once it was off, it was only another two weeks until I was back in it after a cow stepped on it, doing some damage but luckily not breaking anything.

It was at this time I was readmitted to the hospital with low potassium numbers and I finally had to give in. No more work for me for a while.

The boot stayed on 12 weeks, the doctors visits included many specialists and no one is quite sure to this day what caused my blood pressure to spike to stroke zone and leave me with short-term memory loss.

The neurologists ruled out a stroke or a TIA despite me having many similar symptoms.

Finally, an infection reared its ugly head and had to be lanced and all of a sudden, after it was lanced and I took the antibiotic for a week, I felt normal again. Just like this past year hasn’t happened.

Then the note came, I was released to go back to work. It was the day after I received my paperwork to sign to leave the job. They’d kept it open as long as they could.

I called and let my editor and human resources know I was being released. They welcomed me back with open arms.

So, as I sit down writing this column, I look around the desk that remained pretty much untouched for the entire summer and see notes and lists of ideas I had, to help make the Morris Herald-News even better for those locally.

Pastor columns, a look at local manufacturers and what’s made in Grundy County, Up Close page ideas along with Christmas ideas as we go forward toward the holidays.

So here I am, ready to hear anyone’s ideas of what they’d like to see us write about. Feel free to email me at any time with story ideas. While we can’t get to them all, it’s important to know what you, the reader likes and wants to read.

My email is always open at

Now I need to get back to work.

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