For years I had this poster hanging in my utility room. It being International Women’s Day I figured it was time to revisit it. Also, many people have asked for an update so, it’s time to revisit the Great Unsticking. If you recall that was the project in which I regrouped on some areas of my life that I felt were lacking. I managed to meet most of my goals, but there are still a few that need serious work. I am also coming to realize (believe me I’ve known this one for many years) that I have been avoiding the obvious, in that as someone with a chronic illness that causes acute situations ( meningitis, broken limbs, falls, acute hospitalizations, blood levels tanking…) I need to be more diligent about my health. Not that I am not diligent because I am NOT in denial when I say I am ever cognizant of my health and proactive about it in most ways. I’ve just come to realize that if possible, I need to be even more so. Even if the weather didn’t prove it, it’s been a difficult winter. What I have mentioned was just the half of it. I’m not complaining. I’m regrouping. For those who have been with me on the Great Unsticking, it’s time for a progress report and revamp. So here we go.
From the time of the original goal much has changed and I will spare you that. Since the last update back in November, this is what’s up.
- The goals that were met remain so. They are being maintained which is pretty cool considering that is where I usually fall short.
- The car made it through the winter with a few additional repairs and it is (knock on wood) running like it was before the big accident. It now has almost 208,000 miles on it and who knows where it will lead? I am gonna drive it into the ground until I can afford a new one. Hopefully it’s willing.
- The money stuff ( does anyone not have this goal?) is going okay. I am managing despite acute situations like car accidents, health deductibles and co-pays. I hope to improve on this one as the …
- Private practice grows. And it does. But slowly…. s…l….o…w…l….y. Not to mention the molasses-on-a-cold-day-in-the-arctic speed that the insurance companies take to pay up. I am enjoying it and it’s going well.
- Also of importance in terms of maintenance and money drain, is my buddy Doug. He is doing well after some seizure issues and skin stuff. It was a happy windfall for the Vet. Whom I must say is the Best Vet In The WORLD! She checks in periodically and also makes every effort to keep it under a million dollars whenever we go see her. She is also researching constantly for supplements vs meds as Doug is already on too many meds due to stomach and dementia issues.
- I am trying to pay more attention to my spiritual life. I am not sure about this one on so many levels. It remains incredibly private to me so I will just say that I went through a pretty rough patch with the loss of my health and partner and am recouping slowly. I am most appreciative of the help from friends who assure me it will happen… I can only believe they know what they’re talking about. I did have a dream last night about serenity and the fact that I don’t seem to be paying enough attention to finding it for myself. SO that is where this update came from today. I am starting on both the spiritual front which I shall keep to myself and the physical front.
- As I said, health has been tough this winter. Due to removal of a few vital organs, I haven’t absorbed much in the way of nutrition in years, so I often need to revamp my diet based on this problem. It is time to meet with the nutritionist who specializes in my particular issue (she’s great). I also got this fabuloso bike, and have been prohibited from using it except in its most minimal form. I am using it for range of motion maintenance of my hip and now my knee, which I managed to break and demolish the cartilage in, last week. I find it tedious and non-motivating. I also find that as soon as practitioners find out you are a PT, they are reluctant to keep you on the schedule, thinking that just because you know what to do that you will actually do it. Really? Do you know anyone that self-motivated… that without at least minimal accountability they are gonna do what they need to do every day despite the amount of pain it puts them through? Ridiculous.
- My plan is to put together an exercise chart for daily check-ins with myself. I will also put together something after meeting with Nancy (the nutrion guru). I find this limited level of activity intensely boring, and know I need at least accountability to myself. I haven’t been able to box in some time which is disappointing. Prior to this my heavy bag was the only piece of exercise equipment I ever owned that hasn’t become a coat rack.
- I have come to realize I never made the transition from an active physical life to the current state I am in now due to chronic health/CA issues. Because of that, I haven’t associated fun with anything but outdoor physical activities… I manage to do a ton of things… maybe too many per some people’s opinions, but I can’t say I think of any of them as “my passion” per se. In an effort to find what I can think of as fun or at least interesting again, but within the limitations of my current physical capabilities, I have turned to art. I would like to turn to writing, but still find myself reluctant on that front. I dropped the ball again on the book and haven’t been pursuing it as I was hoping to the last time I revamped goals… I dunno on that one. In the mean time… thanks for asking for updates…