Last summer one of my problems with recovery included me trying to jump right back into my normal routine as soon as I could handle not being in bed all day. While this may sound like a not smart thing to be doing, it made sense at the time because I was concerned about using up all my earned time too quickly and running out before the fiscal year was over. This strategy caused me to use all my sick time, vacation time, FMLA time, and even had to miss a few additional days. This summer I’m trying to channel Obi-Wan Kenobi and outsmart the chronic lung disease.
A couple weekends ago I piggybacked two ER visits and the doctors told me to stay home that following week of work. I’ll be honest – that week was not a good one as I had several serious situations that could have easily landed me back at the hospital. I showed up to work the next Monday, after staying home for a week, and made it through one day. I seriously over-did things, watched my peakflow numbers drop to unnecessary levels and stayed home Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday rolled around and I had an important decision to make. I could go back in for another day before the holiday weekend, or not be an idiot and just stay home.
I’m proud to say I chose the latter and actually gave myself some time to rest. Yeah, I used up three sick days, but I can say with some confidence I probably avoided another week at home later this month. I don’t know why it can be so hard to just be still and take it easy. Fortunately I have The Dude to keep me company.