I made it through a whole week at school! 5 days teaching students the finer points of writing essays. 5 days of fighting teenagers into writing submission. They hate reading. They hate writing! Thank goodness they like me or I would be totally screwed.
It was a LONG week at school. I only made it through 2 days last week so it was awesome to get through an entire week with no flu, stomach bug, or respiratory issues. I was out for over 7 weeks and there is so much work to get caught back up on!
And I am getting caught up!!
One task at a time!
Who am I and what have I done to Jen?!?
I have let my blogging take a back burner.
I have let my tweeting take a back burner!
Every day after school I have wanted a nap! I even napped a few afternoons after school. I also made it to Physical Therapy twice. I made dinner once (tonight too if husband has any say)!! My body still needs a ton of rest. I am not fighting the urge to sleep when I feel like I need it! Last night I went to bed before 10pm. AND I slept until 6am.
I continue to learn while I heal and recover.
I continue to listen (to my body and what I NEED) while I heal and recover.
Or maybe I am just starting to learn and listen.
I put me first. I was a good teacher. A good mom. A good wife. A good PT patient. I was just good. Good to me. I took care of my body (PT and resting when needed plus moving while working) and I took care of my mind (actually completing tasks because I didn’t have 6 tasks going at once; I am a twitter addict but this week, I slowed down and focused on me).
It was a great…exhausting… but great week!
a great but LONG week!
After school and physical therapy, I am exhausted. I want to start to be helpful around the house but it is amazing just how much energy I need to do simple things like make dinner or clean a tiny bathroom. I know this is normal. I am only 8-weeks post-surgery and it has been less than 3 weeks since I had my cast removed. And I had the flu for more than a week.
I may not have time for all my friends, or time for twitter, but I have been taking care of me.
I want to get back.
This week I really learned the meaning of baby steps and taking my time. I deserve to take all the time I need to heal properly. I deserve to not rush through this process (like everything else I do). I deserve to give myself every chance to heal…to be stronger then before.
so YES…it has been a very long week.
But now that I am back to school….now that I am in the early steps of physical rehab…it is so important to look back at a long week like this one and remember there were good parts, and the next one will be better…still long but better.