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for the second library, and did what is called "shelf reading", sorting the books into order, and "weeding" the worn, outdated, and old stuff in a children's non-fiction collection, or at least one section of 4 shelves.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"?