Thursday, June 27, 2013

Master the MOOCs

Even if you haven't heard the affectionate nickname for them, you have most likely heard of what it stands for: Massive Open Online Courses. They are college courses that are free and open to the entire world. In many cases, you can even earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Many places, Coursera, Udacity, etc., now offer them, and there is at least one site, Class Central, that is an aggregator (collects all the info for you.) I used this site to find two courses. My first, Teaching Adult Learners begins next Monday at Open2Study. It is offered through the Central
Institute of Technology located in Western Australia.

My second class, Foundations of Virtual Instruction, begins in three months at Coursera and is offered through the University of California, Irvine.

Doing my TESOL certification online has made me a convert to online classes, so I look forward to seeing the advantages and lessons I learn from taking MOOC classes. If they work well, I look forward to taking as many as possible!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Be Happy For Benadryl

I cannot recall exactly when it started happening, but a few weeks (months?) ago my allergy shots starting getting stronger. Which meant I was having local reactions at each injection site, plus I felt miserable from 24-48 hours after the shots. My weekends were spent lying in bed or watching silly movies made for kids.

But a few weeks ago, I got desperate and took some Benadryl. Well, technically it is the Target brand, but basically it is the same thing. I had been ordered to have it on hand in case I had a huge reaction to the shots, but I had never used it. Until that fateful day.

And now, for the past three weekends, I take a Benadryl on Friday afternoon, an hour after my injections (when I am home and no longer driving) and then later on in the evening.

I usually start feeling itchy  again (the spiders in my nose and ears that are knitting a wool sweater) about 5pm on Saturday and take 2 Benadryl then. I get sleepy, but at least I'm not miserable.

And Sundays I am at about 75% energy level but am no longer, like I said, miserable. I have 8 more weekly shots left and then I get to space them every 4-6 weeks.

Things that have been my best friends during this:

1. Heating pad/microwavable rice pack (apply directly to head).
2. Funny/nostalgic T.V. shows or movies
3. A wonderful, supportive husband, who picks up my slack when I feel sick.