It’s been three weeks since my most recent setback. Earlier this week I thought I was slowly coming around to “normal,” but these past three days have been brutal once again. Besides going to work, I am barely leaving the house. It’s hard to force myself to get off the couch and do the tasks that need to be done. I’m struggle with knowing when to rest and when to push through. I know my ligaments need time to heal and the inflammation is currently out of control, but I also know that the more time I spend on the couch, the more my muscles are losing their strength. It is hard not to feel defeated.
I really need a plan.
Back to the basics. I need to eat three meals a day even when I don’t want to. This needs to be a priority because I have been skipping meals because I don’t want to get off the couch and make something. I need to drink more water and cut back on the coffee. Take my vitamins. Remember the basics, and not worry about the extras.
Call my old physical therapist. She “got” my problem way better than my current PT. I am pretty sure my current PT doesn’t know how to align me and that is part of what keeps me from improving. Tomorrow I will schedule for her next available opening.
Look for new practitioners. My PCP told me I will need to “shop around” and look for different physical therapists and other practitioners. She encouraged me to try new things until I find something that works. Makes sense. I’ve been in a rut and haven’t tried something new in a while, so it’s time to move forward on this.
Exercise. Slow and steady wins the race. Even if I am holding exercises for 5s it is still a start and I can build from there. I have pushed myself to exercise the last three days no matter what, and I need to continue with this even if the pain increases.
Food delivery services. My local grocery store does pick up and delivery services for minimal fees. I haven’t used it yet because it feels like giving up. But tomorrow I’m going to put together a grocery list through these services.
Health is #1 Priority for Next Two Weeks. Besides work and the bare necessities, the next two weeks need to be devoted to my health. I have to say “no” to anything that will keep me from getting out of this rut. I need to reschedule all unnecessary activities and use my energy to do my exercises and key movements that that will lead to healing instead of extra stress on my body.
Remember my mental health. I’m definitely struggling with feeling depressed and defeated. This list is a huge step for me in trying to move forward. It is hard for me to make decisions when I feel like this. It’s not hard to see from my last few posts that feeling hopeful has been a struggle lately. Somehow I need to grab hold of hope in some form.
What is your #1 go to plan or step you take when you are struggling to climb out of a setback or flare?