And when I say short, you know I mean short!
Ever since the 20/20 Program aired last Friday night, I have been swamped with work. In the 48 hours after the show, I received more sponsors from my coordinator than I typically receive in a month! It is an example of “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” It is a wonderful problem to have but with my fibromyalgia I have to be careful. If I let myself get stressed by all the work, I’ll have a flare-up and then I definitely won’t be able to get the work done. I am trying to balance it out but it isn’t easy because I care so much about the work I do.
I knew, when this program was first discussed over a year ago, that it would bring about the kind of interest that it has generated. I knew that, if someone with a large enough following would bring the conditions to the public so they could SEE for themselves what it was like, the people in this country would respond. I tried the networks and Oprah and everyone I could think of to DO SOMETHING. Gratefully, ABC News came through. Why, I even wrote an open letter to Bill Gates on this blog.
So now I am working night and day to contact sponsors. Then I have to contact people on the reservation. Actually, that can be the hard part. Phone numbers on the reservation change more often than the weather — or so it sometimes seems.
Also, as I begin to assign more sponsors, people on the rez are telling me about neighbors who could use one. Perhaps one day we will have all of the people on Pine Ridge matched with a sponsor.
If you don’t see a new post for a few days, do not think I have abandoned my crusade or forgotten to write. I’m just up to my eyeballs in sponsors at the moment!