Having restricted mobility for so long (in the 5th week) leads to philosophical thinking about any number of things, most of which, not surprisingly, center around mobility.
- Plan ahead.
I only make well thought out trips, even to the next room. Do I have everything I need for the journey? Have I grouped all my tasks into one trip? And most importantly, do I have the means to carry and/or accomplish my tasks once I get there?
- Spread out tasks.
Standing on one foot for any length of time is very tiring. So if I want to take a shower, I need to not schedule another activity that requires standing immediately before or after my shower.
Do I really, really need to go get that item - which more than likely is two floors down from where I am? Could something else work in it's stead? Better yet, do I need to do whatever it was in the first place?
- Accept help
This is a tough one for me. I admit that I am rather independent, and having to rely on assistance for most things is difficult.
- Control negative emotions
No one wants to hear someone else complain, and I even don't like to complain to myself. What a learning ground to temper the complaints and remember what my mom told me: if you can't say anything nice (or pleasant), don't say anything at all.
- Remain optimistic
Usually this is easy for me, and I'd like to think that I'm doing pretty well. But there are times, or days, that I have to do some self-talk. And I remind myself that there are oh so many other folks that are so much worse off than myself.
- Maintain perspective
This is not a life-long sentence. I will heal - eventually.
- Be thankful
I remind myself of all that I am thankful for - my general health, my family and friends so willing to help, and so many projects available to keep me busy.
All in all - not a bad list for just life in general, I'm thinking.