Plugging Away Doing What I Can
Monday, October 05, 2015
I am paying close attention to activity pacing and pain levels right now. I am resting my leg intermittently - spreading out light chores and at home therapy exercises. I went to Walmart, the pet supply store and Publix this morning. I made sure that I rode in one of those carts in both Walmart and Publix. Last week I tried to push myself and I pushed a shopping cart and walked. This turned out to be a disaster for me. I got all of the way to the back of the store and realized that my steps had become painful, slow and unsteady. It was really scary! Here I was surrounded by a variety of people and all I could think was, "How am I going to get to the front of the store?" Why it never occurred to me to ask for help, I will never know. No, that's not exactly accurate. I was afraid of causing a scene and becoming embarrassed by my lack of being able to care for myself. Inside my head I could hear my mother's voice saying, "Oh don't be dramatic! Suck it up and finish the task." Well no offense Mom, but "Be quiet!" I continued to painfully shuffle my way to the cashier in the front of the store. I didn't do myself any favors that day. In fact, I ended up spending the rest of my day in bed - wreathing in pain. Not a smart move by me.
Today, I did much better. I arranged my schedule so that my errands would begin and end with a cart ride. In the middle, I did push a shopping cart for a short period. In fact, when I was pushing the shopping cart, I asked the cashier if I could take the cart outside to my car since my bag was heavy. I told her that I would bring it right back. She was so sweet! She told me to leave it out in the parking lot for the night shift to bring back into the store before closing. She thought I was nice for asking! Imagine that!
Unloading the car, once I got home was a little tricky. Hubby was at a client site and was unable to help me. I resorted to a tried and true method of transporting groceries that I developed when I was in college and lived in a third floor apartment. I carried all the groceries to the first set point. Then I carried them to another set point a little closer to the kitchen. Finally, I took the bags, one by one, into my final destination - the kitchen. I was able to move a whole car of groceries without any discomfort. All it took was time and patience! I did the same thing when I put them all away inside our house. Then, I took the dogs outside and went back and lay down with my legs elevated. Guess what? I feel really good about the way I did my shopping today. It was a huge, resounding success!