As I have mentioned in a previous blog post (The “New Normal”, September 8, 2018), the plastic surgeon advised me that, once my wound healed and I started sitting up, ultimately, I should only sit for eight to ten hours a day, with butt breaks throughout the day, for the rest of my life. This is to guard against getting another pressure wound. I am still not sure if that is a guideline or a hard and fast rule, and part of me thinks it’s a CYA move (cover your ass…pun intended) on the part of the doctor. But I am going to stick to it in the immediate future, because I want to stay healthy, of course.
As a result of this guideline, I value my time much more now than I did before my wound diagnosis.
I started my sitting protocol this week: thirty minutes twice a day to start. On most days, I will probably use that time to have lunch and dinner at the kitchen table with my family since I have missed doing that. There are also special occasions, like this past Tuesday when I used one of my two 30-minute time periods to vote and a special event this Thursday which I may write about in a future blog post and will certainly mention on Facebook.
Back in March, when the plastic surgeon advised me of this new normal, it really pissed me off. But now, while I don’t think I can say I enjoy the challenge just yet, I can tell you that rising to it is clearly healthier than staying bitter about it. Bitterness just eats you up inside, whereas rising to a challenge empowers you.
It certainly gives me a lot to think about as to how I spend my time going forward. In fact, to put a positive spin on it from my perspective, it will probably will make me more efficient with my work and in day-to-day life.
It might be frustrating for my colleagues, friends and family because I can no longer be as flexible. For health reasons, I may have to shorten or reschedule meetings when someone calls to say they are running late. But I will cross that bridge when I come to it. Who knows? My need to be as efficient as possible with my time may help others do the same. I hope so, anyway.
There are other challenges I will face as I get back to my usual daily life, like getting in and out of the bathtub and the driver’s seat of my van without hurting my derrière. As I talk about these upcoming challenges with loved ones, they sometimes seem more overwhelmed by them than I do. Since I have been figuring out alternative ways of doing things for my whole life, I have grown used to it. I take one challenge at a time so it doesn’t overwhelm me. Also, going back to the empowerment factor I mentioned above, with each challenge you handle successfully, the more empowered you will feel.
What challenges have you risen to or do you need to rise to? Share your comments below.
See you back here next Wednesday, InspiraGang!