[Tripping On…] Chair Nearly There

Disassembling this old chair that I couldn’t donate, even if I were able to do so, might have been a waste of time compared to getting assistance bringing it down the stairs, but I’m nearly there toward getting rid of it. My second set of bags is nearly there – the big one is stuffed, and I’ll haphazardly fill the small one before going out tomorrow. If I can, I’ll bring the back support out, too.

CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Tripping On…] Cold? Increase Movement

This morning, it took me some time to get out of bed, moving around, and when I sat down at my computer, I felt cold. I recognized this more in the sense of feeling cold in general than any particular body part so right when I was going to get a jacket, I thought – what if I further worked on disassembling this chair that’s in my way? Well, I’m nearly ready to trash it now!

CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Tripping On…] Trash, Groceries, Chair

I didn’t quite do everything I did today with the effortless degree that I might have been able to years ago, but considering that I was able to do even half of this without much pain is quite the difference compared to even two months ago. I took out my nearly-full bags of trash, got groceries, put those groceries away, and half-filled my bags with more of the chair that I’m taking apart. No pain!

CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Tripping On…] Partially Dismantled Chair

In order to move out of the apartment-mansion as efficiently as possible, I try to do what I can daily to figure out what I can donate or trash. I have a chair that is too damaged for any thrift store to take, or perhaps they might take it but the effort to get it there, only to gamble on them taking it, means I am this chair’s final keeper, and I’m dismantling it… respectfully?

CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Tripping On…] Sawing Wingback Chair

I’d been thinking for a while about sawing off the arms of my red wingback chair I bought over 10 years ago for $20 from a thrift store that I then drove across town in a very insecure way and have been using daily for the past few years. I’ve noticed over the past two weeks some pain my left arm. When I realized the correlation, I sawed off both arms, and I’m glad I did so.

CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Tripping On…] Working Both Levators

When I went into for PT today, after making sure my physical therapist was well enough to do PT, they identified that both my Levator ani muscles [in the, well, shall we say, lower part of all of our spines] and Levator scapulae muscles [in our necks] are in need of work. The way we’re doing PT until I return to work is working on the Levator ani side first, then the Levator scapulae side.

CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Tripping On…] Vocational Maybe Soon?

After speaking with UW Medicine’s vocational department today, I feel a renewed sense of confidence about returning back to my former employer. I will reach out next week to say that in two weeks, I should be cleared to return to work. If this plan works, then by this essay’s publication, I should be back to work. While I enjoyed most of my time off, this will be better for me for a few reasons.

CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Tripping On…] PT Cancelled Appointment[s]?

I went to bed my-last night, woke up early, got into a HopeLink ride, had a conversation with the driver where the driver said that HopeLink wasn’t run like a nonprofit, arrived, and as I walked through the door, the receptionist for the clinic that my PT works with tried to flag down the driver. My PT had gotten into a collision on the drive over, and wasn’t able to communicate any cancellations to anyone.

CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Tripping On…] Moving Without Cane

When I moved out of my previous residence, I spent months packing away as much as I could. I remember taking some donation trips, but a majority of that time was saving as many physical objects as I could. Now that I’m on the other end of that, unboxing those things to decide what to donate now, I recognize that I don’t have that same physical energy, but I have a more resilient mental energy.

CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Tripping On…] Doing Much Better

One metric for tracking my healthcare recovery is something I can’t talk to my healthcare providers about, and I didn’t even harshly criticize my healthcare situation at length today. Outside of that sentence, oh, no, now I’m found out and done. Rather, I don’t think it would be wise for me sharing the podcasting details of my life with my healthcare providers, if only because they wouldn’t care unless it were easy and medically relevant.

CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!