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Under the Weather

  • Posted on October 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The days are turning colder here in Wisconsin. The storms are passing through. Often the clouds rain down their cold on us. Even when they don’t, I feel the pressure in my head. Combined with a sinus infection, the extra pressure has certainly gotten me down.

So begins autumn in Wisconsin. I keep scrambling to keep up with my workload, but my body demands rest. The effort to keep myself on a schedule consistent with the day/night cycle is too much. I need to work when I can and sleep when I must, which seems all too often.

I’m hoping this dose of antibiotics, combined with my body’s insistence on rest, will help me recover. The best I can say is at least I didn’t wait until it had turned into bronchitis. The doctor was pleasantly surprised to find the infection hadn’t settled in my chest. I didn’t bother to tell him that I usually wait several more weeks before I bother coming in.

Paying the Cost

  • Posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM

This summer has taken a toll on me and my family. Summers are usually a time of more pronounced need—because the boys are at home more often if for no other reason. But this summer has been full of the unexpected. I’ve been scrambling to keep up, getting further behind in the process.

Regular family obligations. An unexpected diagnosis. Regular business obligations. Coursework. A new book contract. A pronounced need to further develop non-writing skills that support my writing. It’s all taken its toll. Simply put, I’m tired.

It manifested itself as an infection that spread from a tooth to my face. After weeks of pushing myself, my body finally pushed back. So, for over a week now, I’ve been forced to rest so that my body can heal. Slowly, the swelling has gone down and the pain has gone away. I’m almost recovered—though I’ll need to see a dentist to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

It’s times like these that I like of all my well-meaning friends, who are also parents of children with special needs, who have talked about the importance of self-care. It’s not that I don’t respect their wisdom—I certainly do!—but I haven’t found a way to put it into practice, at least not consistently. When everything is going so fast and there are always more things to do than can reasonably get done, how do you pull back and set limits? I honestly don’t know. But at times like these it becomes increasingly clear that I need to figure it out!

That seems to be the next thing for me to learn.