Stress got to me today…

Maybe it’s the ‘Silly Season’ and the fact that we moved house on Tuesday and are surrounded by boxes, but today at work stress got to me.

I am usually a planner and very organised, but a few things out of my control today put things all out of kilter for me. I had a meeting I was chairing with people phoning in from another part of New Zealand and from overseas. The phone system decided not to work and I admit I almost panicked. This is most unlike me and I was near to tears as I explained my problem to my workmates at lunch. The meeting was at 1pm and I had less than 1/2 an hour to sort it.

One of them suggested switching rooms – to an even more unfamiliar phone system but one that worked – and from the stricken look on my face, asked if I wanted her to set it up for me. I barely nodded and stated that my Parkies sometimes makes me not able to process information as I would when I was calmer. Another workmate stepped in and said, ‘Yes, she would like you to help!’ and I just nodded trying not to cry.

In the end we got it together and the meeting went well. I avoided melting down and no-one at the meeting knew I had had issues.

A lesson learned, that even though I cope quite well most of the time, we all need to ask for and accept help at times and to know when those times are!

Published by parklandssue

I work in health and have been with the same supportive team for over 7 years. They are all aware of my diagnosis and this helps tremendously especially while I get used to the idea of my diagnosis. My parents both had Parkinsons, so I guess my odds were higher than most.

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