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Volunteer while waiting to work

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sigh. Relief. Success. Satisfaction.
Today I volunteered for the second library, and did what is called "shelf reading", sorting the books into order, and "weeding" the worn, outdated, and old stuff in a children's non-fiction collection, or at least one section of 4 shelves.
It took nearly two hours, with a combination of standing and sitting. It was mostly ok, with most of the strain when I had to look up to the top shelf, or reach down to the lowest shelf. I completed the section, and it was a good feeling.
And I did this on top of driving to the allergist for bee venom shots, and doing a 10 minute PT stretching workout first thing this morning, and not getting as much sleep as I wanted.
Small successes. Going in the right direction on all counts.
It is funny to be volunteering doing what I would be paid to do. I was satisfied because I know what is good, what is not, and how to professionally do this kind of sorting and make suggestions for "holes" in the collection. It is great to be able to count the experience to fill in the after disability non-work space on my resume.
Monday I go to my spine doctor for a follow-up. These volunteer experiences will let me know what I can and cannot do easily. Lifting boxes at PT last week was not very positive, and we did not do any yesterday due to the mid-back/rib nerve pinching from last time. Looking up is tough. So is looking/reaching down, and sitting in non-ergonomic computer seating. Tomorrow - more allergy shots, volunteer cataloging at the first library, and physical therapy. Is this a new "Normal"?
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  • no profile photo EMRANA
    I think your volunteering is perfect ~ it keeps you active in library work, and at the same time, lets your body ease into work activities again. When you do get a paying gig again, you'll know exactly what you can handle. The volunteering is great for your body's abilities!

    2839 days ago
  • _LINDA
    You are truly doing what is best for you right now. It may be a bitter pill to swallow not being paid for work that you are so qualified for, but this is a good field test on knowing your abilities as they stand now. It would be tough to get a job and then find out you can't handle certain portions. Best to find out weak areas now and be able to gradually strengthen them and get in better condition to handle them so they can't say you aren't fit for the work..
    Hope that nerve pinch settles down soon, that is the worst kind of pain :(
    Hang in there, you are doing great!
    2839 days ago
  • DAISY443
    Hoping that the volunteering will lead to some paid work that will work for you!
    2840 days ago
    DEBORAH, Great job you are doing I hope you are not doing too much at a time. Pace yourself it will get better over time I feel sure it will but it does take the same old baby steps.
    You are doing great, take care and listen to you body Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2840 days ago
    This is so very proactive of you.
    2840 days ago
    I admire that you are volunteering -- I currently work at the food bank on Wednesday mornings and starting in Feb will begin at the library on Mondays.

    You have such a great attitude about working where you used to paid and about your physical therapy. Those small successes will add up in no time and you will be feeling better.

    Best wishes on your journey to good health.
    2840 days ago
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