I need something happy to post about.
So, yesterday, in my funk and ennui, I decided that today I would do some house cleaning today. Because of my fused back (rod in it and fused from T3-L4), I have severe chronic pain throughout my back and hips. And so ALL housework causes pain – cooking, dishes, laundry, sweeping – even dusting. Standing, bending, leaning – all nicht gut.
So, it’s a big deal for me to do ANY housework. We live with a relative amount of dirt that doesn’t really bug us anymore. But it was starting to bug me. So, I made the decision to be active today and get a workout in as I did some housework. The challenge for me was not to jump in whole hog and expect to do the whole thing in a couple hours, which would lead to great and debilitating pain (could be in bed for days). Instead, I could do one task, then rest. Then get up and do the next thing. An experiment in pacing myself.
AND… I did it! I got through quite a bit of housework, rested as I went so it took several hours. But I did it! I feel good that I accomplished it and that I was able to stick to something mentally. Probably the breaks helped my mind too.
For the day at least, I’ll celebrate.