It’s been a while. So let me catch you up: At the beginning of 2017, I wrote that I thought that I might have burnt out. I was wrong. I did not burn out. I was ill. My GP picked up the fact that I had a goitre on my thyroid (which is just a fancy way of saying that it was enlarged) and referred me to a specialist. The specialist with the help of a detailed ultrasound and blood tests made a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which meant that my body was attacking my thyroid resulting in fatigue, joint pain, brain fog and a myriad of other symptoms. We decided that the best option in my case was to have a complete thyroidectomy. On, the 4th of April I went into the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre to have surgery. I am incredibly grateful that I am in the position to have a good medical aid and the resources to afford private health care. The surgery changed my life for the better, I was immediately able to breathe better and my energy level improved dramatically.
In the meantime, my quest for justice in my father’s killing continues. I am glad that I have a solid support system, a legal background (including inquests) and a great therapist.
I started tutoring Computer Applications Technology at the beginning of the year. I am appalled by the way that our policy is not keeping up to date with the technologies. Textbooks and student guides should not be referring to deprecated HTML. It felt like I was going back in history to the days of the browser wars. I am glad to have had this experience though even if I have needed to teach computer history and then the modern implement. I know that teenagers have a terrible reputation, but interacting with these ones has reinforced my view that they have an amazing perspective.
We went on an amazing road trip as a family for three weeks where we touched on six of nine provinces in South Africa and travelled over five thousand kilometres during September. I will post pictures and stories soon.
Now, I am back in Cape Town for WordCamp. I am hoping to do some more blogging soon.