Accepting Limitations

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I’ve been feeling pretty darned good these last couple of weeks.

I’ve had more energy.  I’ve had more cheer.  I’ve been jogging (gasp) – very slowly and only for a very short amount of time.  I’ve been generally doing more.  The pain has been at a manageable level – never completely gone, but gone enough that a mild to moderate value distraction is enough to put it out of my mind.

Yesterday morning we had a start time of 7.00am.  I was up at 5 so I could get everything ready and be there by 6.45am.  It was early and I was stiff and sore already – not good considering I would be in a stressful situation and on my feet and moving constantly for the next 3 hours.

It was hard work – there was a lot going on, mostly things went well but we had a few panics, and I was well occupied.  I lasted until about 9.30 when the fatigue hit, and by the time we were wrapping it up at 10 I was in a lot of pain and just absolutely glazed.  We cleaned up and left for our lecture from 10.30am to 12.00pm, which I am fairly sure I slept through with my eyes open.  We had our one hour lunch break, and then were back in from 1-3.

By the time I got home at 4.30 I was barely capable of seeing straight.  I slept like the dead last night.

Today I’m still exhausted and in pain.  I’ve spent most of the morning lying down with my legs up on the back of the couch, which seems to be the most comfortable position for me when I’m in pain.

This has been a reminder that I have limitations, and my limitations are a lot closer than normal people’s limitations.  This has been a reminder that I have a chronic debilitating condition that causes fatigue and pain when I overreach myself.

This has also been a reminder that I need to communicate this to my team and the teaching staff more promptly so that I am still able to do what I need to do, but I don’t get to point of burnout like I did yesterday.

I still haven’t quite accepted that I can’t do everything other people do.  I still need to be reminded by my dear friend that I can’t just build a cabin on wheels in a week or two (that’s another story).  But I’m learning, and with each reminder I learn more.

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