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Balancing needs

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I would probably recover from being physically sick faster if I would just sit my tuchus down and chill out for a week or so, but I have to balance my mental health needs with my physical needs (and Cooper’s requirements). So, even though I have been sick for over 2 weeks now Cooper and I are averaging 6.3 miles a day of dog walks this week, and we averaged 6.5 miles a day last week... that IS less than usual, but probably more than is prudent for me. As for my mental health? I put myself into self imposed quarantine for a few days until I was very certain I was no longer contagious... and I was bored, bored, bored... but I figured it was okay to be outside and walking, as long as I didn’t stop to talk to anyone (or cough on them!)... so when the boredom started to get to me I would just go out and walk, with or without Cooper... quite often without! I wasn’t going for speed or distance, or anything like that, really just a change of scenery and movement. I know it got my heart rate up though, having a hard time breathing and walking raises your heart rate pretty quickly. I have been on the antibiotic for the secondary bacterial infection for going on 5 days now, and while I am noticing improvement I still feel pretty sick, and I keep spiking a fever..: the nurse at my doctors office said unless it goes over 101 degrees there’s no need to call them or get concerned... yesterday it was 100.7... enough to make me truly miserable, but low enough to be in the just deal with it category. In all this I found out that Tylenol makes me nauseous, zofran gives me a headache, and being dehydrated makes me pass out... yuck! Anyways... that’s just whining. I promised myself that I would stop whining! Silver linings... that’s going to be my focus each morning when I get up. My silver lining yesterday was that for the third time in 2 weeks a birdie dropped a bomb NEXT to Cooper’s head... rather than directly ON his head! Little dog must have good karma, lol! In summation, I know I would recover faster with more physical rest, but my mental health issues would suffer, and I avoid suffering on the mental health front when possible. Cooper enjoys our walks too! A happy dog makes for a happy home!
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    Well...here's the deal about whining. It DOES release some of those miserable thoughts from bouncing around in your head and I think that is HEALTHY! Especially letting your spark friends know what is going on in your world is helpful because most of us are so empathetic we are always supportive.

    I do have one spark friend that says that whining and complaining are things she NEVER does because it accomplishes nothing constructive. I'm not so sure I agree with that...and I'm even more prone to believe that while she may not feel spark is the avenue to release her frustrations she absolutely does through other methods. If someone doesn't have life challenges they are either not fully coherent...or...they are in absolute denial.

    That's my opinion and I'm stickin' to it!

    I also have a RLF that thinks if she doesn't THINK about things they aren't really happening...if she doesn't hear anyone else's challenges she will dodge the bullet and remain unscathed herself...it's a weird outlook but whatever works..right?
    179 days ago
    I hope you are feeling better - take care of yourself.
    181 days ago
    hope you are feeling better
    182 days ago
    Hang in there, Chandra. This too, shall pass
    183 days ago
  • DBEAU57
    Are you still reading a lot? I find when I'm into a well-written story line that I just lose all sense of time and pay no attention whatsoever to what is going on around me. And if you subscribe to Audible, you can listen to one while you walk or run. I think the escapism helps me stay away from depression.
    184 days ago
    We would make quite the pair this week the smoke from the wildfires is curtailing my outdoor activity and You simply can't breathe .We could play a rousing game of how many EMT 's can two friends keep busy !
    184 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
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    184 days ago
    It's a hard balance. So we do as we do at the time. So many of us can easily relate. Hugs
    184 days ago
    I doubt I would be up to 6.5 miles, but I do know it is good to get out of the house
    so cabin fever doesn't set in. …. Hope you get to feeling better soon.
    184 days ago
    Oof, too much! Wishing you fast relief, friend!
    184 days ago
    Boy you sure got hit with a big one. Can't believe how far you walk while feeling miserable emoticon

    Take care, you are on the down side emoticon
    184 days ago
  • MBPP50
    I’m sorry it’s taking you so long to feel better. I wonder if you could maybe cut your walks in half and take some drives instead so you still get out of the house but it’s not as hard on your body. Just a thought. Sending lots of healing prayers and hugs. emoticon
    185 days ago
    Copper needs his walls and if you can manage 6 miles, broken up, then I wouldn't work about it. Physical recovery, in my opinion, is easier than clawing out of depression
    185 days ago
  • EISSA7
    It seems like you are fully aware of your physical and mental health needs and are doing what you can to stay in balance; being ill is rough....hope you are feeling better, soon! emoticon
    185 days ago
    Well, hope that each day you're feeling a bit better. You take good care of yourself for sure.

    185 days ago
    I hope that you are feeling better soon!
    185 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    185 days ago
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