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Day 25. Doing so far.

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by giantsfan, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. giantsfan

    giantsfan Well known member

    Well, I've been kinda lazy on the SEP lately (and meditation and reading and journaling), actually to be honest I've been busy - busy getting back to life. Now don't get me wrong I'm still a long ways from where I'd like to be especially when it comes to sitting and standing, but I've made so much improvement thus far. In fact, yesterday I was cleaning out the gutters for an hour on a ladder, went for a 6 mile hike/run up and down hills (2,000 ft. elev max). Right after that I went out to trivia night with friends, sat there for a couple hours on a wooden stool then went to play pool table (stood mostly) at another bar for another hour or so. Got home and slept for 8 hours.

    One thing I tried to re-wire in my brain was how I respond when I get symptoms whether old or new. It's a really really hard thing to think about but when something starts kicking in I try to think, "woohoo! Another opportunity to react positively!" (it's really hard when you're in pain). I guess the way I'm looking at it is the more times I don't let the symptoms affect me or when I am happy at a time that I am usually mad I figure I'm re-wiring my brain for the long term. One thing that really stuck out for me was a response Derek Sapico made to someone who was in pain. The person was asking if it was okay to sit if you're in pain. He said something like, yes! Just don't let it affect you mentally. So yes, if my symptoms are really bothering me I'll lay down or sit, but I'll think "it's okay, I'm getting better, I'm coming back." Or something like that. I just don't let my brain try to make me think I was defeated because I needed to lay down or sit. Someone correct me if that sounds funky.

    I was told to write about my apprehensions, but you know what? I'm trying like hell not to have any about my recovery, so I think I'll just pass even mentioning.

    Anyways, so yeah... doing much better. No cane, no walking stick, standing and sitting for longer, running a bit, hiking quite a bit, weight lifting a bit, social anxiety lessening, going to stores a bit. Maybe I'll start playing basketball and go rock climbing again? Or road trip!? Whatever I enjoy but fear, I try to do that.

    Hope you are all doing well.

    Last edited: Mar 2, 2016
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  2. sushisara

    sushisara New Member

    This post makes me hopeful! I'm glad it sounds like you are doing so well :) . I am only on Day 3 and go back and forth between feeling like it is TMS or second guessing myself. But I had my yearly physical yesterday and I am in perfect health, been to specialists and chiropractors and such...so I really have no idea what it could be otherwise.

    Also, you should go on a road trip!! :) dancea
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  3. Andy Bayliss

    Andy Bayliss TMS Coach & Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Daniel,
    I am very pleased to read your report. I think your results show you that whatever you're applying, in your own way, is working for you!!
    Andy B

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