Pain Management Programme Day 11
My eleventh day has been and gone at the Pain Management Programme, tomorrow being the last now.
You can catch upon my PMP Days here:- Pain Management Programme
Today we had a re-cap day, our assessments and brought everything together over the last three weeks, touched on anything we still thought we needed information on.
We started with flare up plans, and today as expected almost, my left leg had that tingling weird sciatica kind of pain that I got last time I did the Circuit Training, so I won’t be taking this particular kind of exercise home with me.
During my assessment, we talked about ‘relationships at home’, the dynamics of dealing with noisy active children when in pain, of how one can explain as much as one wants over our ‘pain’ for others to understand. But unless people ‘want’ to understand and or help, it really does not make much difference. So in reality you have to ‘learn’ coping strategies to deal with this because life isn’t perfect is it?
The head psychologist suggested that I tend to do everything for others and don’t do anything for myself, that I should look for an activity that is just for me, that does not have any other functional purpose than just to satisfy myself, does nothing for anyone else. So perhaps a meditation group is something I might research.
We talked about my relationship with chairs, namely sitting. Talking of which my chair arrived, yay. So I will do this bit by bit,sitting in it for a little bit, not major amounts as otherwise I will just end up with a negative experience. However I might have to wait as the cats seem to have taken residence on it.
We covered about pacing, me making a timetable, not taking on too much. I already do a fair amount of exercise, it is not as if I am just sat at home doing nothing, but the fact I have to stand a lot is exhausting. I do get that blip where I need to sleep. I need to spread out what I do over the day, ie not all in the morning when I feel better, by spreading it out I might not have those real dips after lunch, plus the pain might be less late afternoon, we shall see.
I talked about my love for the Mindfulness concept, this is something I shall further and embrace fully.
In class we covered barriers again. We talked about one month and four month review. As a group we will remain in contact and support each other. We are invited to phone the clinic once we are officially discharged if we need advice and help which is good.
That is it for today, tomorrow is the last day, it is going to be very weird again to be thrown back in to the big wide world. I was nervous starting this, wondering what it would be like. I have learn’t a lot, it has been hard and emotional, I won’t lie but I can see the benefits of attending a course like this. Friendships have been made also and being in a ‘safe’ environment where everyone understands has been wonderful it will be odd to have that safe haven removed, but I am sure I will survive.
Tomorrow is Friends and Family day, that should be interesting 😀
© Justine Nagaur