Return to My Pain Management Program
I was really concerned about what my pacing plan was going to look like when I left the 4 week program. At that time I didn’t have a job so I was looking at a much more relaxed pace. I could spend most of my days just concentrating on the plan. What concerned me was what was going to happen once I got a job. Would I be able to do 40 hours per week and still keep up the program or was I going to need to just work part time. So far, working 40 hours is working. Longer term though, I think I’m going to try to find something to do part time. Mostly because I want to have more time to do the things that I want to do. So here’s my current schedule.
6:10 am – Stretching exercises start first thing in the morning. The only thing before that is starting the coffee.
6:40 am – Coffee and get the ice packs out of the freezer
6:45 am – Icing
8:00 am to noon – Work and Stairs (8 flights)
12:00 noon – I eat lunch and take a 30 minute walk.
1:00 – 5:00 pm – More stairs. and more work. Same pace.
After 5:00 pm – In the evening, depending on how I’m feeling, I may ice, take a warm bath or an evening walk.
The weekends I’ll keep up most of the things that I do through the week except for the stairs. I’ll substitute yard chores or fun activities for the work activities I do throughout the week.. I think the key here is I try to keep it as consistent as possible so I don’t have significant changes to the amount or type of activities that I do. It’s hard because I like to get things done on the weekends. I have to keep myself under control.
And that’s pretty much it. I am pretty militant about my schedule. If I don’t get my way it gets ugly.