Lesson Learned: The Importance Of Pacing
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, things have been overwhelmingly busy for me in recent months. I have been a ‘busy bee’ to the point that I have really tested my limits.
Unfortunately, this busy schedule has resulted in me having little to no time to be online. There are many people I am long overdue to interact with on this blog, on social media, or elsewhere. Due to circumstances out of my control, I just haven’t been able to spend the kind of time online that I used to (or that I hope to again if things ever calm down). I have had to focus my time and energy on my life offline. While I know this has been a necessary modification to how I allocate my time, I recognize that there are people I know (from interacting online) with whom I haven’t had the opportunity to talk in quite some time. Thank you to everyone who has been patiently waiting for me to return messages and I appreciate your patience more than you’ll probably ever know!
Rather than spend time recounting what I’ve been up to offline (the unusual photo above seemed to fit how I have been feeling – trying to keep everything afloat and make sure everyone is OK lately), I’d rather focus on my attempts to get back into some sort of more frequent schedule for updating this blog. While I doubt I’ll be able to write here as frequently as I once did (at least in the near future), I’d like to make a concerted effort to write as frequently as I can. At the same time, I don’t plan to just write for the sake of writing (while not saying very much). My hope is to write about some of the core topics that have built this blog in the four plus years I have been writing it.
So, please continue to bear with me as I make adjustments to how I divide my time between my “online world” and my “offline world”.
We recently managed to fit in a day in the Adirondacks. It sure helps to slip something fun into the schedule amidst hectic times!
The busy time hasn’t been all responsibilities, appointments, errands, etc. We have managed to carve out some fun time too. This has really helped us deal with everything else that has been going on.
In addition to coping with flare-ups (especially of fibromyalgia and migraines recently), I have been doing physical therapy to heal my ankles. Back in May, I did a large amount of unexpected walking one day. My ankles were sore all summer but I managed to get by. However, in July the pain in my ankles became severely exacerbated. My primary care physician referred me for physical therapy for bilateral Achilles tendinitis. One ankle is now much better (physical therapists are amazing!) but I am still in physical therapy working on getting that other ankle back to normal. Unfortunately, I did barely any biking this summer because my ankles were so sore.
My physical therapist has given me the green light to gradually try some biking. Unfortunately, with the cold weather heading in my opportunities to ride outdoors are becoming limited. Currently, I am looking into whether we can find an inexpensive way to mount my bike on a trainer indoors. My husband has a bike trainer that might fit. We just need to see if it will work for my unusual bike. It’s frustrating that I have had so much pain for several months now simply because I walked too much for my body to handle. I now understand that a sudden increase in the amount or intensity of an activity can trigger Achilles tendinitis. I wasn’t thrilled with the cost but I invested in some sneakers with good arch support (at the suggestion of my physical therapist). I have to say that I think the sneakers are helping me recover more quickly. My body simply wasn’t prepared for the amount of walking that I did. I have learned the hard way not to take on that kind of walking when I have been sedentary due to my illnesses. I pushed myself too hard and the Achilles tendinitis is my body’s way of letting me know to be more careful in the future.
Despite my infrequent blog posts and lack of communication with my online friends, the number of readers subscribing to this blog is higher than ever before. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that so many people have patiently stuck by me this year. It has really bothered me to not be able to write as frequently as I used to. It helps so much to know that people don’t think I have abandoned this blog. While I’ve had communications far and few between (anytime someone posts comments on my blog about having suicidal thoughts, I make sure to reach out to them regarding suicide first aid resources), I hope that everyone who reads this blog knows that I care about them and truly appreciate their patience and kindness while I’ve been sorting out how to prioritize my time in recent months.
Over the years, I have learned that I need to pace myself in order to prevent a worsening of symptoms. In the case of the last few months, that has resulted in less time writing. Hopefully I can increase the frequency of blog posts in the near future. Thank you to everyone. Please feel free to leave comments on this or any post you like. While my response time may be slower than in the past, I will make every effort to get comments posted and replied to as quickly as possible.