Well, if there IS a later one she can give me more warning about, that would make things much easier. I'm on a month doing something different right now. That ends on July 31st, but could extend.
My program, which I have worked hard to mould into a statewide consultation service, which I have made as instantaneously responsive as it can possibly be in the hopes of assisting issues not to deteriorate to the point where situations have spun hysterically out of control.....(I work in a field where people panic and react in quite seriously damaging ways sometimes.)...as well as a therapy and training service, cannot be serviced in the same way while I am diverted. This can easily make people enraged and I can lose the reputation I have worked hard to gain. If I were to travel in august this would mean I only had a couple of weeks to respond to people and pick up cases before I was gone again, which people who are finding it hard to cope would not deal with well.
I can manage all this far better if I can provide a full service again for a reasonable time before I disappear again.
Sounds ridiculously wanky, and I don't think I'm indispensable, but I'm the only person in the state doing the consults.