Three weeks into my job and I’ve realized I’m not taking pain killers at all. I’m not sitting in my office counting the minutes until I can take more pain killers. I’m not coming home in so much pain I don’t want to get out of my car.
I didn’t get a raise with my new job. It was a lateral transfer just to a different location and job duties essentially. This lack of pain – that is my pay raise. I feel more creative, energetic, and happier. Heck I have a cold and I feel better than I did when I was in so much more pain.
I’ve been going to the pool more regularly. I haven’t quite made it four days a week yet. This is mostly because I refuse to go when I’ve got a cold so that is my choice. I can say that when I end my day away from home in a hot tub, I go home in a much better frame of mind. If I’ve been coping with some pain during the day the soak in the hot tub makes it all melt away.
In addition to my love of the hot tub, I am also working out for about 15 minutes with exercises and walking in the pool. This feels great. I feel like I have more ability to move and do things. I feel good about myself for doing it. Amazingly I miss it when I don’t go.
With this renewed energy I’m finding that I am able to do things again that I had given up. It gives me hope that maybe if I keep working on it I might have more flexibility and ability to get around better. Like everything else in life - it is a matter of determination.