Busy, busy, busy!

Life is busy again!

Oh how quickly my life has gotten busy now that I have returned to work, I’m very quickly having to adjust to normal life again, where I had so much time before, it’s not so much the case now as each week passes. Being back in work has certainly started to busy up my days, I’m back to work 4 “weeks” now, and I’m really enjoying it, and as each week arrives my days in work increase. With 4 weeks completed I have another 4 weeks until my Christmas holidays, so between now and then all I want is to make it to Christmas without having to take any sick days in work. Its typical, 2 guys on my team are currently out sick with colds, that’s just how it is at the moment, I just have to try and keep myself out of harms way as best as I can.

Work have been incredibly understanding through my whole illness, they have never put me under any pressure and they held on to my place in the team so I’m absolutely delighted about that. It is the exact same now that I am back at work, they have told me to just do what I can, ease myself back in to it and to take little breaks whenever I need to, or when I start to feel really tired, and I just can’t explain how much that helps me even hearing that!

I have noticed that I’m enjoying my morning rest so much more now on the days I am not at work, so I’m definitely taking advantage of the quiet mornings while I can, especially considering that they will get less and less as the weeks pass. Otherwise, I am back trying to get stuff done while I am not in work, normal person stuff like renewing my health insurance or doing a few jobs in the apartment, and it’s so good to be doing normal day to day things again, I just have to manage my time a bit better now with being back in work and having less time to sort stuff out.

Most importantly, I have my Never Give Up 5k/10k event up and running and registrations are starting to appear already which is amazing, it really does make me happy when I see the numbers increase. It is definitely a huge undertaking for me and a lot of work but it’s something I am enjoying doing and I am getting very good help from those close to me which is great. I will be doing a lot with the event going forward to let people know how it is progressing, but don’t forget to like my NEVER GIVE UP Facebook page for my more regular little updates 🙂

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I hope you like the medal design, it took a fair bit of time to get the design just how I wanted it, but here it is 🙂

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The “Really early bird” option

The Never Give Up 5k/10k

In aid of the Irish Cancer Society

Just a reminder, the “really early bird” rate is currently available for both distances up until the 30th of this month, 3 more weeks. It’s the cheapest price you will be able to enter my event at, so why not sign up and make use of the discount. The event is for a great charity, chip timed, there is a medal for all finishers, trophy for 1st, 2nd, 3rd for male and female in both distances, and there are light refreshments after 🙂

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I’m a working man again, finally.

I’m back!

I am now finished my second scheduled “week” in work and I couldn’t be happier with being back. My first week last week was literally just one day, followed by 1.5 days this week, and I have a couple of 2 day weeks next. It’s great being back, I was so excited going in last Wednesday, excited, happy, relieved, motivated. I was definitely pleasantly surprised at the fact that I didn’t feel nervous or anxious about the situation at all, it just felt right.

There is quite a big recruitment process going on in my workplace at the moment meaning there are a lot of new faces so I really just mingled back in with the crowd with very little fuss which was great, although I did find it slightly awkward when other new recruits started asking questions when they realised I had worked there before as people were coming up to me welcoming me back, but I side stepped what I have been doing during the course of the last 3 years as best I could.

I had a good chat with my manager and team leader on the first morning and they couldn’t have been more reassuring about my return and making it as easy as possible for me until I get up to speed, my team leader said something to me from the offset which really made me happy and it put me at total ease. My workplace have been brilliant throughout the last few years, very supportive, and just made the whole process of my return as stress free as possible.

There are still a few people on my team which I worked with when I joined the company which is great, and they are being more than obliging with my reintegration, it’s certainly nice to see some familiar faces. The days have definitely been very tiring in there which is really emphasizing the importance of being phased in slowly, one thing I will say is that I can’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve had such a deep and long sleep like I am having on the nights after work, I absolutely conk out which just shows the impact my return to work is having on my body, but I’m loving the good sleeps!

So far I’ve really just been getting set up on the systems again and going through a bit of refresher training, oh and sifting through the 5,600 emails I had waiting for me, not that I deleted the bulk of them or anything. It was actually weird seeing emails that were sent to me on the afternoon I left work early to go to the GP for my MRI results back in August 2015, and never returned. Little did I know that day would change my life forever.

As for next week I’ll just be sitting in with my team and getting up to speed on everything. We have a Christmas party next month and I’m really looking forward to that because it will give me a better opportunity to catch up with my work friends outside of the working environment. I’m just so happy to be integrating with people again on a more regular basis, chatting about work stuff, football stuff, the weather, just the normal day to day chatter, it’s something I have missed severely over the last few years.

Otherwise, my goal is to try and get to Christmas without going out sick, but there isn’t a whole lot I can do about that, if I get sick I get sick and that’s it, I would just really love to make it to the Christmas holidays without picking up anything. I have my hand sanitiser and anti septic wipes in my drawer at my computer and that’s about as much as I can do, along with attempting to stay away from anyone who has a cold, or more worryingly the flu, but at the end of the day we all know what it’s like in an office during the winter when everything starts spreading, it’s hard to avoid it.

As for the traffic, I don’t know what has gone on in the last 3 years but the traffic has gone crazy, it took me an hour for the 9km drive in to work, that’s Dublin for you, but it’s definitely gotten so much worse over the last few years. It took me 18 minutes to drive home from work on my half day on Wednesday compared to the hour it took me to get in. I originally moved to Dublin in 2015 because I couldn’t handle commuting from Gorey anymore, so instead of driving close to 200kms a day I am only driving about 20kms, yet the time frame is not too different now. My temporary solution is to leave earlier and have breakfast in work which will save time on the road hopefully so I’ll see how that goes.

I’m just so happy that I have officially made it back, I’ve been waiting a long time for it, and now I’ll just cross my fingers and see if I can make it to the Christmas holidays without picking anything up. It’s another step in the right direction anyway. Someone commented on a recent post of mine mentioning how I should be very proud to have made it back to work at all considering what I’ve been through, and when I sat back and thought about what they said, it made me realise just how far I’ve come.

As always, Niamh likes to surprise me with a little celebration for these special occasions 🙂

The Never Give Up 5k/10k

In aid of the Irish Cancer Society

Just a reminder, the “really early bird” rate is currently available for both distances up until the 30th of this month. It’s the cheapest price you will be able to enter my event at, so why not sign up and make use of the discount. The event is chip timed, there is a medal for all finishers, a trophy for 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and female, and there are refreshments after 🙂

Please SHARE SHARE SHARE and help others by helping me.

https://www.popupraces.ie/events/never-give-up-5-10k/

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The “Really early bird” discount

The Never Give Up 5k/10k

In aid of the Irish Cancer Society

Just a reminder, the “really early bird” rate is currently available for both distances up until the 30th of this month, 3 more weeks. It’s the cheapest price you will be able to enter my event at, so why not sign up and make use of the discount. The event is for a great charity, chip timed, there is a medal for all finishers, trophy for 1st, 2nd, 3rd for male and female in both distances, and there are light refreshments after 🙂

Please SHARE SHARE SHARE and help others by supporting this event.

https://www.popupraces.ie/events/never-give-up-5-10k/

Thank you for reading, please share my story.

To follow me on Instagram search: PROBYC or Chris Proby

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