“I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No”

February 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Me, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 5 Comments
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Fortunately or unfortunately, I’m not quite sure which, this is not in the context of the song from Oklahoma that the quote is from. The thing I can’t seem to say no to is work!

I need to relax. I need to de-stress. I need to work less hours. I need to ‘respect my disease’ – god, that’s an awful expression, but if you’ve got RA or know someone who has then you’ll know what I mean.

So why is that when some guy rang out of the blue yesterday and asked if I could do a 9,000 letter mail merge and print run (which is BIG and not my ‘specialist subject’ either) I found myself saying ‘Yes’? He’s coming in this afternoon and I’m going into the meeting with the ridiculous attitude of ‘actually I hope he decides not to use me’. This is DUMB!

The problem with working for yourself in the kind of work I do is that you tend to always say yes when people ask for a quote, because you might be madly busy one week (or month) and dead quiet the next. I used to work from home on my own, but now I have an office and an employee I have overheads to cover (although in fairness my employee more than covers her bit of overheads!) so it’s extra stress again.

I’m wondering whether to give up the office and go back home, but clients do like a snazzy office address rather than a ‘9 Acacia Avenue’ type obviously home address! And they like, once in a while, to be able to come into the office, which I wouldn’t do if I was at home.

Then again, I’ve got this guy coming in and I don’t really want him (so to speak) so maybe that’s a plus in the home office thing.

Oh no, decisions, decisions … more stress. Wibble.

Anyone seen my marbles – I seem to have mislaid them.

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  1. ok, so this is about the whole diet thing. i’m going to try to explain it here.
    Usually, relief from RA through diet changes will happen within 2 weeks. This is usually quicker than a normal flare will disappear on it’s own.
    Now, there are a lot of variables, which is why it is so difficult to figure out which diet works for who. This is also why it is so difficult to conduct research studies on that particular topic and so many studies have been inconclusive or not had enough positive results to prove anything.
    So, we’re left to experiment on our own.
    With the nightshades, if you are actually being poisoned by the toxins within them, your body will heal from it within 10 days of being off of them and if you introduce them on the 11th day your body will react violently. This is a unique food group though because it is not related to allergies.
    Allergies are a whole different story because everyone is sensitive to different foods and if you remove one thing (like gluten) but not the other things, then you may not see results.
    Anyway, I hop ethis explains it a little better

  2. p.s.–that was in response to your comment a few days ago!

  3. i hope you’ve been relaxing and de-stressing. my nutritionist told me to do that today and it’s not exactly easy when there’s so much to do!

  4. Your nutritionist is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo right!!! ;o) I’ve had a very relaxing day today – done absolutely nothing useful or productive. Most enjoyable!! Am about to go to bed and snuggle up with my iPod again. ;o)

  5. Your nutritionist is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo right!!! ;o) I’ve had a very relaxing day today – done absolutely nothing useful or productive. Most enjoyable!! Am about to go to bed and snuggle up with my iPod again. ;o)


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