Take a few moments to enjoy reflecting on the good things from 2009 – then join me in 2010 for new beginnings!
After a relaxing week away in Kaikoura, I’m back! So a couple of holiday snaps – of a seal devouring a large octopus. Yum yum. More will be posted over the next few weeks. And yes, I’m refreshed and invigorated!
Bo on a lean…
The walls and floor in this room at Wanaka’s Puzzling World are set to confuse my poor brain…
Holidays provide time for thinking for me – lots of opportunity to consider my options and wonder. Once again, activities that aren’t often appreciated in our output-driven society.
I reflected often on the number of people I’ve had the privilege to work with who, for a multitude of reasons, have developed ongoing pain and who have needed to take time to re-evaluate their lives. It’s an opportunity that some seize with both hands, while others are cautious and angry and don’t want to look at the good of anything except the past.
Having a chronic health problem myself makes their struggles resonate within myself – sometimes more than I recognise at the time. I know the time and trouble it has taken me to accept my illness as part of who I am, not some interruption to what I want to do. Having said that I still don’t like having depression! Especially when it makes me more vulnerable than other people to other events in my life having a huge impact.
Some of you may know that this time last year I sustained a concussion injury – a ‘mild’ traumatic brain injury. Mild? Mild!
12 months later it still has a significant impact on how well I function! One of the more troublesome aspects is my need to make sure my energy isn’t depleted. Another is my need to avoid excessive head motion. I had no idea this would be a problem until I travelled with Bo down the West Coast and felt car sick. And when we went to the PuzzlingWorld in Wanaka, and entered the room with the slanted floor – all the visual cues to right myself were wrong and didn’t my brain work hard to try to put things right…
Which makes me think about how the people we work with have to work soooo hard to learn new cues, working their brains incredibly hard to deal with the monumental changes that pain has wrought. Not only do they need to do this when their pain is high, but they have to continue to do this in every part of their life. AND when they are dealing with this, is it any wonder that any other part of their life in which they are just a bit vulnerable can feel the strain too?
So, something I think might be in order is a huge amount of respect for the people we work with, and a touch of acknowledgement that humour and time out from rehabilitation can work wonders.
And don’t we deserve it!
Kiwi Christmas is always something special – long hot early summer days, cold ham and chicken, salads and minted new potatoes!
I’ll be taking a brief break from posting just for a couple of days. I hope you’ll keep coming back – and if you can’t make it because you’re away – have a GREAT time! You can always use RSS feed above if you don’t want to miss any posts.