Rebuilding

Posted on June 8th, 2010 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

Some days I literally can’t believe I am where I am, wherever I am.  My life has had such a complete turnaround.

It has just gone 6am, and I am watching an incredible sunrise while on a flight to Port Hedland.  A producer, cameraman and I are spending most of the week filming a 20 minute tutorial/documentary on one of the Indigenous languages of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.  It is quite a privilege to be coordinating this project, as many of the Indigenous languages are dying out, and will continue to do so unless our generation can capture as much as we can in any form of media, in addition to the passing down of the languages from the elders.  It will certainly be an interesting week.  We are working closely with one of the primary schools in Hedland, filming lessons taught by one of the elders who teaches at the school.

I have been incredibly busy in the last month.  It seems everything has happened at once, and everything that is happening is great!  Somehow, I have ended up working in four different jobs, as well as spending one day a week doing my own projects.  The job that I am working at for this week is as a project coordinator for an organization called Wyemando (www.wyemando.org.au). This involves coordinating media projects that preserve and teach Indigenous languages in WA.  I usually just work one day a week with this organization, but we are filming a major project this week and I will take a break over the next month while it is being edited.

The silver work is quite busy also.  Dad has been fantastic in getting the studio up and running and helping me out with the orders when I run out of time or energy.  There is a short YouTube video on the site that shows a little of the process of making the silver items.  You can see it at www.harrisandson.com.au.

Job number three I have been working has been with Edith Cowan University as a prac supervisor, or University Colleague as they call them now.  This just involves overseeing pre-service teachers as they do their teaching pracs in primary schools.  I am based at Joondalup which is about half an hour away, but it is a job that I really love and is very flexible as I work whatever hours I want.  I try and do this one or two days a week at the moment.

Job four is also at the Uni, and I start this week when I get home as a tutor at the ECU campus in Joondalup also.  The unit is a preparation unit for fourth year education students to get them ready for their pracs.  It works out perfectly as I have two tute groups in the same afternoon and can do my supervising stuff in the mornings.

In the time I have left over in the week I have been working on my own mini-documentaries and education website.  I am hoping to launch it all in about a month.  There is still a lot to do, but I am really enjoying it and learning a lot as I go.

Health-wise, the most significant event in the last week was that I came right off my painkillers.  This has been a mammoth task, and I have found it incredibly difficult to break the dependency, both physically and mentally.  At my worst, I was losing count of how many tablets of Oxycontin/Oxynorm I was taking, but it got to 300- 400mg a day on some days, and this has been going on since November last year.  Last week, I got down to 30mg a day for a few days then stopped.  My body got exceptionally angry with me, causing all over body pain, acute hip pain, muscle cramps, sweats, anxiety and swings into depression.  I recognized the depression more as a result of the withdraw, as usually over the last couple of months I have been in really good spirits.  Previously, I used to be able to feel within a matter of minutes when my body was low on painkillers and I would have to leave the shopping or work or whatever I was doing at the time before I became hysterical in public.  On a couple of occasions, I got caught without the tablets and it was never pretty.  It all got to a point where I almost had a personal relationship with the tablets.  I was going to be ok as long as they were with me.

1 comment.

sojourner

Comment on June 8th, 2010.

i am excited for you cam marshall harris! i’m wore out just reading about your busy-ness! have you had time for any jam sessions?

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