Work / Life

Changing how I work

So, today is a new day, it’s a regular work day, but, I have plans to be with my fiancé for dinner tonight and would rather not fell fatigued in that moment.

So, the idea behind this post is to detail how I will strategically conduct myself in order to conserve the energy I have, so I am less likely to get fatigued.

My initial plan for today is to complete errands this morning and complete more desk work this afternoon.

If required, I can take some time this afternoon and rest.

I find the way I’ve been getting energy after feeling fatigued is by just stopping, not talking, not moving, just being restful. All I know is, I sure feel a lot better afterwards.

  • 5.30am – 2km run
  • 6am – Bench pressing, bicep curls, 50 crunches, 25 squats, 25 push-ups (tricep focus, close grip)
  • 6.30am – Breakfast
  • 7am – Drive to work
  • 7.30 – Start work after resting for a few minutes.
  • 8am – Start my errands for the morning – This involved walking 1200 steps around the school grounds completing various physical tasks
  • 9am – Get back to the office – complete some work in office.
  • 9.30am – Head to admin and sort some things out.
  • 10am – In the office sitting and working on various devices.
  • 11.45am – Go for a walk to a neighbouring building to assist co-worker. Sit down in workroom while working on the devices.
  • 12.30pm – Lunch back in the office.
  • 1pm – Office work.
  • 4pm – Leave the office and head for home.
  • 4.50pm – Fatigue feeling – Head feeling heavy on left side. Hand feels slightly tight.
  • 5.15pm – Head out to my fiance’s place, I’m feeling great at this point and am right for the next couple of hours.
  • 7.50pm – Fatigue feeling – headache, locked up hand.
  • 8.10pm – Feeling great again and symptoms don’t seem to bad.
  • 9pm – Drive back home.
  • 9.30pm – Still feeling great and not too fatigued.
  • 10pm – Bed.

In summary, I would say that today has been a good day. Normally I get a bit tight in my hand by the afternoon, but, in the case of today, I was fine.

Work / Life

An active Monday!

I love Mondays! For me it is the beginning of the week and a chance to start a fresh with a mindset and focus comparable to an athlete.

After getting an early night on Sunday, I felt energized and ready to start the day as I woke at 6am.

Getting ready of a morning now is no longer a challenge. I can shower, make breakfast and dress myself for work. Just weeks ago I was in tears after being unable to easily do the buttons up on a dress shirt or even secure a belt buckle.

I can drive myself to work and walk the 500 steps to my office. I can type with two hands and answer the phone.  I can even walk between the various departments at the school I work at. Even during my work day, I’m increasing my step count to 3000, 4000 or even 5000 steps within an 8 hour work day.

This is pure joy considering just weeks ago I was struggling to walk from the car park to the front door.

As I finish at 4pm, I head home and still have an energy to get out there and be the best I can be.

I decide to go for a bike ride with a realistic goal of 5km (10 – 15mins of riding) but if I can ride for more I would consider my day an overwhelming success. I accomplished a 30.9km bicycle ride in 1:00:09. Wow! I rode for an hour and could still hold myself up! I could even walk okay afterwards.

As I look back on the day, there are lots of things I feel that I cannot do, but I try not to get caught up on them.

Tips for not loosing heart: 

  • Set reasonable goals.
  • Focus on the things you can change rather than on those you can’t.
  • Don’t get caught up in your “failures”.
  • Use the support of family, friends and co-workers around you.
  • Every time you do something good for yourself – whether it’s eating something health, getting some good exercise – Pat yourself on the back and recognize that you are still in control of your body.
Work / Life

My Work Office

When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis I had wondered how my work situation would sort out knowing that my office is across the school oval. This normally wouldn’t be an issue for someone that doesn’t have the risk of an MS attack. But, for me it meant that I could fatigue with the laps across the oval to other side which is where most of my work is completed.

With prayer I made a quick recovery from my attack in June. I had suffered RHS weakness to all my limbs but through Christ I had my strength restored within 8 hours. My whole church prayed for me on the Sunday I had the attack. I don’t doubt that God has been apart of this from the beginning.

My school was very accepting of my disability and made the necessary arrangements to move us ICT Technicians to the other side. We moved temporarily into the library where it was a little small. But, with the help of others giving up their space for us we found a new space.

The space was graciously provided and has made my life so much more easier. It’s a quick walk to the various departments I need to access. It’s also meant we can setup a service desk environment for supporting both staff and students.

(My desk is the desk on the left)