Sunday, 4 February 2018

Like a Perky Tortoise


Over the last week my poorly back has got better by degrees.  There was an unfortunate moment last Sunday when it seized up completely.  I was lying on the bed but somehow managed to angle myself round, walk down the wall and get up to standing.  That was a low point.  Since then I've stopped the painkillers, started to move without considering every action and have been for longer and longer walks.  There's still the occasional twinge but we're getting there.

I might have written a post in this vein before but it's a message that deserves repeating.    It's sound advice from me with my occupational therapist hat on and relates to any illness, physical or mental. 

When you've been  laid low and then have a really good day, there's a temptation to try and get through all the things that you let slip when you're poorly.....in one go!  Or to go and do something really adventurous just to celebrate the fact that you're through the wilderness.   The problem is even worse where someone is used to relapse.  They think they have to get everything down in case they get ill again.   DON'T DO IT!  The trick is to pace yourself.  That way you reduce the risk of burn out and increase the chance that you'll get back to a normal pattern of doing things, faster in the long run. 

So I've taken a dose of my own medicine.  I'd planned a whirlwind weekend in Bristol with Red Mel but cancelled.  She understood.  We're seeing each other soon anyway.   I'm having a restful weekend at home interspersed with little bursts of activity that has been above and beyond what I've been able to do in the last couple of weeks.  I walked into town and changed the bed yesterday.  It's the first time I've been able to manage those things for a fortnight.  But I left the hoovering until today and I made sure that I had plenty of little rests in between.  For someone who's normally more hare than perky tortoise, it's a bit frustrating.  But I keep reminding myself why I need to be totally well.  We're off to Portugal in a week!

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  1. Sounds extremely sensible! I'm supposed to be resting with my leg raised for a fortnight, with hot and cold compresses 4x daily and anti-inflammatories 2x daily, on the physio's advice (Achilles tendonitis). But it's not as easy as it sounds....housework and cooking still need to be done! Hope you're mobile and pain-free enough to enjoy Portugal.

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    1. Oh bless you. I've had something similar and it's not pleasant. When I had an operation for carpal tunnel when Lou was four months old I was told not to lift anything. Hard when you're breastfeeding! xx

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  2. I had sciatic problems last week which have caused me to almost sieze up today. I covered other people’s duties where I volunteer and of course that involved standind and lifting etc. I’m having a more relaxed day today I hope and just pottering. Glad you are taking your own advice-won’t be long spring is here and you’ll be able to walk in the daylight a little more each day. Catriona

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    1. Hope you get better soon as well. The seizing up thing was a new experience for me. Not something that I want again. I've mixed pottering and resting. A longer walk today along the Breakwater. Bright and very breezy. The seals weren't home. xx

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  3. Yes,you must prioritise at the moment & only do the most important stuff.Just concentrate on yourself & your son & a full recovery in Portugal x

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    1. I'm hoping for the full recovery before Portugal. Fingers crossed things seem definitely to be going in the right direction. xx

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  4. I'm glad you are taking your own advice x Isn't it odd though how and I say 'we' , it might only actually be me, but when I'm ill and forced to rest and can't do anything, I hates it, yet I'll quite happily, when I'm fit and able, to laze around and not do all the things I HAVE to!!

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  5. I know this situation so well. I am sure that you will be well soon enough for Portugal. xx

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    1. Yes all ready feel 99% towards being fully invigorated. xx

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