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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

It's been a wild month so far! Everything here in Japan pretty much shut down at the end of February/beginning of March. I thought that maybe I could be helpful to others during this time.

And then I fell down the stairs.

For a week I was stuck in a cast in my 4th floor walk up apartment. Friends brought me food and even took out my trash. I made it down the stairs once to do some banking, and it wiped me out for nearly a day. And I keep feeling sorry for myself, even though I am in good health and well taken care of.

On Friday, I escaped the cast, but the doctors are predicting about 5 more weeks before the ligament heals.

I'm incredibly thankful that I live close to work and I can work at home now. But I'm at the point where I need to work on health again, but also find a balance so the ligament can heal without surgery.

So, I'm giving myself some goals to work on for health. The world feels intense right now and I just want to sit around and snack and worry. This doesn't help anyone! So here's what I'm going to work on for the rest of the month.

Mental
1. Limit Facebook and Twitter. Going on is OK, but spending too much time there isn't helping. See what friends are up to and what's uplifting, and then get out of there.
2. Work on meditation. Spend some time quietly focusing every day.
3. Check on friends through messaging apps
4. Stretch brain a little - lectures, Japanese, etc
5. Pray when you feel like worrying

Food
1. Keep avoiding sugar
2. Don't forget to make healthy meals
3. Snack in moderation
4. Drink water!

Exercise
1. Do physical therapy exercises
2. Do YouTube fitness video - there's a whole bunch specifically for people recovering from ankle and foot injuries

OK! Today I got in most of my PT exercises and a chair cardio video. I definitely snacked too much, though. I worried a little too much, will do better tomorrow!
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  • KATELJM
    I'm happy you are out of the cast, but you will still need to be kind to your ankle for it to heal properly. I am thankful that you have friends helping you out, too!

    Your goals are a work of mindfulness, they seem to be in perfect balance!

    Improving your health improves your resistance to COVID-19, it's win-win! emoticon
    253 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    Happy to hear that you've escaped the cast. emoticon

    Wishing you a full recovery and a sense of calm confidence as you move forward.

    Have to say that I especially love #5 in your list of Mental goals. Had a situation decades ago where the worry from my mother was palpable. I confronted her about it and told her that I could feel it and it was not supporting me and I made a request of her: Mom, every time you catch yourself worrying about me, will you say a prayer instead? She was delighted to fulfill the request and we both benefited from the shift in behavior.

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    253 days ago
  • COOLMAMA11
    Great goals Liz..you can do it! emoticon Happy St. Patrick's Day! emoticon
    253 days ago
  • FIREBRTHR
    Wow,that sucked. I've been there. Luckily I only had to navigate 6 steps. Hope you heal soon and comfortably.
    253 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    Faith and begorrah!
    ‘Tis a fine day indeed for the wearin’ of the Green!

    May the sun shine always on your face,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the rains fall gently on your fields
    May the road rise up to meet your feet, and
    May ye be in Heaven for an hour afore the devil knows you’re dead!

    Erin Go Braugh! Ireland forever!

    253 days ago
  • ANDARUS
    I know it is tough suffering a physical setback. This is a great way to keep focused.
    253 days ago
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