As I mentioned previously, my hemoglobin is on the decline. Last week I worked a bit of overtime when I probably should have just stayed home and rested. This is the ever existent dilemma for us Lupies. We sometimes feel “fine” and in turn, we overexert ourselves. My dilemma is the fact that I have some extra expenses that have come about due to the fact that I am writing the NKE (National Knowledge Exam) in October (God Willing). With that test, I’ve spent $250 plus tax to register for the exam and almost $500 on study materials. It is important for me to write and pass this exam.

There are two sittings of the exam, one in May and one in October. After this particular sitting off the exam, there will be a new requirement for exam writers- a university degree. I do not have a university degree as I am in college. That is not to say that I will not persue a degree in the future, but I would like to write this exam while the exam material/content is still relatively fresh in my lupus fogged brain (hehe). I’m pretty confident that the exam will go well as I have already begun the study process. This process involves using the study tools I purchased as well as going over some multiple choice questions as the exam will take on a multiple choice format.

My place of work has hired some new people, so my fear is that my days of having overtime hours available to me essentially anytime I want them will soon be numbered. With all the OT I worked, it made a big difference on my most recent pay cheque. *sigh*…I’ll be careful.

I’m going to see the hematologist next week. I’m hoping that he’ll be able to give me some information on what’s going on with my ever dropping hemoglobin.

That’s all for now. Time to set up the ol’ dialysis machine and get some shut eye.

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