Welcome to the fun. As the late Gilda Ratner said (as Rosanne Rossana Dana), "It's always something." That, in a nutshell, is what makes brewing fun. In my experience, if you pitch yeast at a temperature that doesn't kill them you will get okay beer (good enough for the woman I'm married to anyway). +1 on pitching yeast at a cooler temp (if you can) and letting the wort's temperature rise.