Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Good news, everyone!

Borrowing the catch- phrase of Professor Farnsworth from Futurama, I have some good news. I went to hospital to have a check up for my BIH at the neurology department. They looked at history of intercranial pressure taken at each lumbar puncture/ spinal tap I have had and saw that it has slowly been decreasing over the last 2 and a half years. I also have not been getting many headaches lately and they say the headaches I have been getting are tension headaches. Based on my history and how I have been doing the last six months, they believe the BIH has resolved itself and that I am well enough to go off my medication. This is VERY good news because the medication I was on for BIH had some horrible side effects and I was pretty sure it was interacting with my antidepressants. The only way to see if the BIH is gone is to take me off the meds. SO no more painful pins and needles in my hands and feet, no more fatigue, no more nausea and no more having to  pee 75 times a day!. Yipeee!!! Let's just hold thumbs and hope that it is gone.

And my second bit of good news is that I have a job interview on Friday for a PA/ Junior Journalist position at a Christian magazine. I didn't deliberately apply for a job at a Christian magazine, it just came up. I had to send in samples of my writing. One of the samples was "10 Unusual degrees" from this blog. Obviously I changed it and spruced it up a little.I had to do the Myers- Briggs Personality test and answer all these questions about my commitment to Christianity etc before even getting invited to the interview. I have studied the Myer- Briggs closely during the course of my degree so I know how it works and could easily have cheated on it. But since I want to work for a company that I actually fit into, I didn't. I was a surprised and a little offended with the questions about Christianity since I see that as very personal but answered them as honestly as I could ( I didn't go as far as to tell them I was an atheist for several years). Because of the answers I gave, I really didn't expect a call back.

As I haven't gotten the job yet and I will have to answer some tough questions in the interview (I don't have a SA drivers license/ what exactly have I being doing the last four years) I not exactly celebrating. But I got an interview so at least that is some achievement for now. I will be nervous on Friday, it's the first job interview I have had since living in America and I am facing a lot of competition. I need to convince them that I can both study and work full time. I am also dreading any personal questions they may ask. I have had to borrow money from my sister to buy clothes as I just don't have anything that is suitable. I feel a lot of pressure to succeed for my family.

Please pray for me if that is your inclination, otherwise you can just wish me luck!!.


  1. I am SO happy to hear about your improving health, Stephi! You've been diligent and really deep in faith about getting stronger not only mentally but physically and how wonderful it is to see some slow and steady results happening!

    What is your M.B. personality btw? I'm an "INFP" and so I actually was declined a job working at a pet store for heavens sake about two years ago. And very, very exciting about a new prospective job. Combining your faith and writing sounds perfect. Just try to remember that if this job isn't the one for you right now, it doesn't mean that the perfect job isn't out there for you somewhere else.

    If they DO hire you, they are not only smart but also going to be blessed because you're such a hard worker with so much perseverance and a beautiful spirit. I'm rooting for ya ; )

  2. That's wonderful news Stephi!! Good luck with your interview and know that you are in my thoughts.

  3. Congratulations on your better health! I hope it just keep getting better and better. Wishing you much success as you come off the meds.

    Best wishes, also, on the job front. I'm glad you decided to be honest. It's no fun working somewhere when you have to be fake.

    I will keep you in my prayers.

    -- misssrobin

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