This week, although it was my second week at the Rehab Centre, it was my first official week in the Chronic Pain Management program. That means that this week I was there from 8:30am until 2:30 or 3pm every day. At first I was a little worried that I wasn’t going to be able to function before 10am but the first thing we do every morning is an hour in the gym with the physiotherapy team and that woke me up pretty fast.
I and the other participants spent a lot of time together in group sessions ranging from sleep techniques to medication to recreation and everything in between. My favourite session of the week was the occupational therapy session in the Rehab Centre’s wood shop. We’re building a little wooden box over three one hour sessions, and it’s actually really fun.
Between gym class and wood shop it kind of feels like I’m in high school again!
I’m really happy to be in the program and I’m learning lots of helpful hints for living a happier and more full life with pain. My challenge is going to be learning how to properly pace myself. I’m the kind of person who will start a task (usually on the computer) and keep going until it’s done. Now I’m trying to incorporate a 20 minute timer into my computer time to remind me to get up and stretch or go lay down for awhile. Wish me luck with that!
In other news, last week’s Live Jazz Monday was a crazy, raucous party that I hope to imitate this week. We seriously had tons of fun. Local vocalist and trombone player Steve Berndt dropped by for a visit and him and I sang some awesome duets. Maybe he’ll come back this week??
Despite my early mornings I will definitely be continuing Live Jazz Monday through the month of January and beyond so join us tonight! We’re at the Mercury Lounge (middle level) from 9pm until 11pm and there’s noooooo cover ever! Yay!
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