Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Many years ago, when I was getting my masters degree in nursing, one of the theorists that we studied was Dorothea Orem. Her precept s and practice was focused on how each of us, and our patients needed to learn about SELF CARE. Thus, Dorothea's SELF CARE THEORIES. This was really something that was of alot of interest to me, and nearly was the trigger of my working on my doctorate in wellness promotion. At the time, I really knew nothing about SELF CARE, but have learned so much over the years, and am still learning. My first problem in SELF CARE, was that I really had no idea what that meant. As is true of many women, our goals are for others.... fixing everyone else..... so to me, the first item on agenda is to figure out what we need ourselves. If we provide that , we will have a million percent more to offer, and we will be getting all that we need.
One of my most passionate goals throughout my career as a Nurse Practitioner has been to help women learn about SELF CARE, as this empowers us so much, helps us realize our value to ourselves and others, and also to realize that we deserve good treatment ( and we are the main ones responsible for making sure that we get what we need). It really is not anyone elses responsibility to fix us, and it is not even possible.
So, today, I am at home trying to practice this on myself, and just wanted to share the extra effort that I took this morning, and it made me feel so good, and valued. I got up after a slightly rough night of sleeplessness and coughing and thought, what can I do to support myself. Looking outside, I see spring, and my favorite early morning time of quiet..... Now I really felt more like going back to bed with my coffee, but decided to take just a tiny bit of effort. Took out my favorite little tablecloth to my deck table. Put my blooming daisy up on the top, brought out my bible study and journal. Then made myself a vegetable, fruit ,yogurt smoothie, and so enjoyed my coffee and drink outside while reflecting.
These little things, even though they take effort, somethimes when you really don't have the energy, really contribute to MENTAL , PHYSICAL, AND SPIRITUAL WELLNESS, and are ways that you can affirm to yourself that you are worth the effort and deserve the best you can provide for yourself.
I have truly been reminded by this illness of many things that I already know and try to practice, but just want to share with all of you...... TREAT YOURSELF WELL! You deserve it, and will make you a much more balanced and healthy person.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I FINALLY GOT TO COME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL!!! after my little 7 day stint there. Was thinking how lucky i am in that in my whole life, that is more days than I have been a patient cumulatively. How fortunate I have been. anyway, right now, I am totally lapping up the abundance of home, windows to look out on, colors, flowerrs, and the pleasure of being home in my own bed. I am also so grateful for all of the new lessons I have learned or been reminded of for the patients that I see in my practice, and will give me even better planning skills and compassion and empathy for their situations. Am so so so grateful for all of the innumerable blessings of my life, and love all of you for your concern and support. All of the messages made my hospital stay so much easier. Hope that all of you have a blessed and meaningful Easter weekend.