Damn. If there is truly something to the Monday curse, I found it today. Everything I touched turned to crap. Some of it was my fault, and some was just plain bad luck, wrong place-wrong time, or the mistake of someone else.
Natalie asked my dad if he'd take her to get her permit today. He said he would, which took a load off us, and I made arrangements for the school to allow her to check out after first hour. At that point, I waited to hear if she passed or not. The next thing I know, she's trying to call me, but I was on my work phone.
The short version is that they got to the next town over for the test, and were told they needed her birth certificate. DUH! I knew that. Well, I knew it two years ago, when Monica got hers. I completely forgot to make sure she had the documents she needed. I told her where she could find it, but she had NO idea what she was looking for, and wound up taking the hospital one, instead of the official one.
They found this out when they got to the next town over for the second time, and they still wouldn't let her take the test. By this time, my dad is probably quite hacked off (and rightfully so) and Natalie is in tears. Later, I found out that she also needs a bill or something to prove residency. Remember, all of this is just a PART of the horrible Monday.
I got to radiation, and they got me back there right away. Monday is Xray day, so I knew it would take a bit longer than other days. No biggie. When I lie down on that table, I am on my back, and I have to put my left arm behind my head, hanging onto this handle thing. I must lie VERY still. They reposition me the way they need me by pulling the sheet that I'm on, pushing me over, moving the table, etc. I am NOT to "help" them move me in any way. They even say, "Lay heavy" quite often. It usually takes a couple of minutes to get me where they want me. No biggie.
Today, it took them at LEAST 15 minutes to get me positioned properly, and they still didn't seem pleased with how things were going. They kept moving me, moving the table, reading numbers to each other, moving me again, etc. Finally, they took the Xrays, and then they moved me a bit more. Finally, they did the radiation treatment. I was lying perfectly still for 30 minutes instead of the typical 10. When they announced I was done, my arm was dead weight. Sound asleep. So asleep that I had trouble getting dressed.
It woke up on the way back to work. It woke up with an excruciating amount of pain. My shoulder actually still hurts, but the rest of my arm is finally better. They told me that they made a 5mm adjustment, and would take a couple more Xrays tomorrow, but that it is all normal and that is why they take them every week. Umm, OK. 5mm seems like a LOT of adjustment for shooting radiation into my body, near my internal organs, but I'll trust the medical professionals.
Work didn't really go much better. I know how to handle busy season, but I was filling in for someone else who was sick, plus trying to do my stuff, plus cleaning up several messes. I got it done, but it sure made me crabby. Those around me were having a similar day, so we all just did our best and powered through. Tomorrow will be better. I'm sure of it, and I plan to take that attitude in with me.
Now, if Natalie and my dad forgive me, I'm past the most bothersome part of my day. The rest is just stuff.