Monday, January 28, 2019

Welcome to 2019, a quick update, a rough first month.


I have had a rough start to 2019. Which is painful because I really have a lot to get done, and I accomplished nothing in the first 12th of the year.

Right after New Years I went to Denver to visit my sun, and spent a couple days feeling crappy. As someone who teaches wilderness medicine for a living, I should have realized much sooner that I had Acute Mountain Sickness. It was really only a couple of days, so it wasn't bad. But the hiking was amazing, and with instant views. If I didn't like the water so much, I would consider Denver for relocation.

Shortly after I got back I taught a WFA class that was only open to REI Outdoor School Instructors. It was an absolute blast. Being able to tailor each scenario to their specific needs was wonderful. Each patient was set up as being in an REI class. It really made me think about how we teach those classes and what I would like to do in the future. I think a lot about how I would like to teach classes, which is good, because it is very easy to just teach classes the way you always teach classes. You convince yourself that every class is different by what the students bring to them, but as the instructor I think it is important to be thinking about what we want to bring to them as well.

The day after the WFA, my voice started to go. I thought it was leaving from overuse as I had spent the weekend solo teaching, but in fact it was the beginning of a cold. A cold that lasted right through my one planned weekend off, when I went to a wonderful cabin in the mountains to celebrate a friends birthday. I spent the weekend sniffling and coughing, while my friends were sampling special bourbons and soaking in a hot tub.

Then, as I came back from the weekend, I went back to work the next day. I worked a 1 to 9:30 shift which is a killer, particularly when you are feeling under the weather. I came home, and was going to have a sandwich, take a shower and go to bed. When I realized there was some left over chinese food in the fridge. It smelled okay. The vomiting started 12 hours later, as I was going back to work. I spent the rest of the day running to the bathroom, and I couldn't eat for three days.

I have to say, what got me fixed up was my Acupuncturist, with a combination of herbs and needles. That woman - Heather at Paradox Wellness, in Greensboro - is amazing and I am pretty sure can fix anything that ails you.

So, that was my month. I Hope February is more productive.

One of the best things to happen this month - maybe the only thing good to happen! - was on yesterdays Map and Compass class. A student told me how much she loved my book! Which is an amazing thing to hear. A coupe of years ago at the East Coast Kayak Festival I mentioned in a presentation that I published Enlightened Kayaking, and someone said "That's you! WOW!" and it was really nice. It's always nice to hear that something you created resonated with someone. If you have enjoyed something created by another, tell them! It will make their day, like it made mine. If you are one of the people who bought my books this holiday, do me a favor and give it a review, it really helps. Thanks!