Today is a great day.
I felt like I actively took steps to better my health.
Today I started cardiac rehab, which I’ve been really excited about since my doctor signed me up for it. Basically it’s a one hour work out, three days a week with an EKG monitoring system and trainer/nurse. Even though today was just my first session which included about 45 minutes of paperwork and fifteen of actually working out, I still felt really accomplished coming out of there. Over the past few months POTS has left me feeling so helpless—between the medications and fatigue it felt like there was nothing I could actually do to make myself better. Which is so frustrating when everyone is telling you to change a diet you can’t change and try alternatives which just make no difference. This is something I can actually work at to better myself—and that’s exciting.
I felt like I’m starting to get back to my old self.
If you take chronic illness out of the equation—I am and have always been an entrepreneur at heart. Growing up I was always creating websites, writing, publishing, and starting new business ideas. I could fill a scrapbook with my business cards—and being out of work has felt like a HUGE part of my personality is just gone. Poof. Even though I’m not going full force with networking and meeting clients, I did manage to find an agency that needed my help and I got my first few assignments this week. They were small, but there they were. Work—and even though I only made about 10% of my rent this week, it’s a start. Seeing the scenery actually start to change around me and not being occupationally stationary is, at least for me, exciting.
I feel like I can help.
I’ve got a small support team which means they take on a lot of responsibility and each, alone, takes up a large amount of slack for me when I can’t pull my weight. My mom asked me to come to her house this afternoon and set up for a party she was having immediately after work. It was just setting out snacks and letting her co-worker in to set up, but it was still something that with my limited energy level I could actually accomplish to make her life a little bit easier.
Here’s a list of things I’m grateful for this week:
That October was a beautiful month.
That after Cardiac Rehab and bending down to wash the dog for a half hour I was able to get adjusted and have the pain just go away!
That this plastic scooper that fell to the bottom of my dishwasher and melted and produced enough smoke that I noticed before my house burned down.
That my derpy pumpkin was the last to rot.
That Target actually named a product “Ugly Sweater” and that I had the willpower not to make Happy wear it.
That I got to stop by The Balancing Act studios this week and meet Nicole of The Global Genes Project! (She gave me this cool “Hope” hat!)
That my Mom got me this badass choker as an early Hannukah gift!
What are you grateful for this week?