Well, I'm hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew.
Back in October or so, I saw an article in The Oregonian about a Stanford University-developed program being offered around Oregon called Living Well with Chronic Illness. It sounded interesting and had a bunch of quotes from participants who said the six-week class really helped them become more functional despite chronic pain and other debilitating illnesses. (I'd link to the Oregonian's article, but they're only online for free for two weeks and then you have to pay to access them.)
Either I didn't realize the class was 2.5 hours per session, or I probably just assumed I'd be feeling better by January. In fact, I remember wondering if I'd cancel because I was all better by the time it started.
Of course, that was a pipe dream and I'm not anywhere close to all better.
If I get nothing else out of it, it's nice to be around a group of people who have similar issues to mine, even if their chronic illness is very different than mine. Everyone in the room nodded or verbally agreed when I said one of the difficulties I've found is not knowing where my limits are until I hit the brick wall that says I went too far and overdid things. That's something most healthy people I've spoken to don't entirely understand.
But oh, am I tired. Just the length of the class was difficult. I get exhausted after about an hour with a single visitor, and faster when I'm around groups. And 2.5 hours was just really, really, really long.
Next week, looks to be very challenging because I overscheduled myself. I'm going to have to cancel at least two appointments, I think.
Tuesday, I see the new rheumatologist. The appointment is at 9 a.m. in NE PDX, and I'm dreading having to be out in the trailing end of rush hour. I just never know how much time to plan for being on I-84.
Wednesday, I have my acupuncture appointment.
Thursday, I scheduled a dental appointment (for a filling) before I got the reminder call about the class, which meets that afternoon. There's no way I can do both, so I'm going to have to postpone the dental appointment.
Friday, I see my internist. I think I'm going to call and see if she has any availability the following week. It's not really an urgent requirement to see her. Mostly, I need to follow up on the visit to the rheumatologist and also get a new prescription for pain meds. The level of narcotic I take requires a paper prescription each time -- no calling in for refills and they can't even fax over a prescription for me. They often mail them to me, but I've had one get lost completely and never show up and another than took 8 days to arrive when in-town mail usually arrives the next day. So I like to pick them up in person when I can time my appointments, even though it's a hassle to drive downtown just to get it.
So, a couple people commented on my last post in email and here on the blog. I neglected to mention one of the details of the Blog365 challenge, and that was that you need to blog daily except for Leap Year Day (Feb. 29). That's why it's Blog365 and not Blog366.
Whew! - This has been me all summer :-/ *Thank God for air conditioning! *
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