I’m finally, just these last few weeks, feeling like I’m getting my life back, post foot injury. I got behind on so much during the over two months I was basically immobile, and the following 2-3 months I was focused on being able to get around fairly seamlessly. In order to catch up, I had to start letting some things go. I did run again for the CSTA board, which made me sad, but I knew I couldn’t do it justice. In fact, I didn’t even make it to the conference this year. I didn’t go to any conferences this summer, in fact. For comparison, last summer, I went to three. I did manage three local edcamps, but those were just a day and all in the late spring or early summer.
I am on the mend, although there is still work to be done in terms of being 100%. I may never, in fact, be back to what I was before I broke my foot, but I can be close. I can walk mostly normally, though there is still pain most of the time. Every once in a while, I’ll have some time where it doesn’t hurt to walk. It’s usually short-lived. I’m back to exercising regularly, though I’m focused on low impact work like the elliptical and the bike. I’m planning to add in some ab and/or arm work soon. It’s amazing how many activities, even those that don’t involve feet or legs, involve the use of your feet. Planks are a not go for me, for example. My foot is just not strong enough to hold up my body like that. Though there are times when I get frustrated, I count myself lucky that I can walk, and that I am healthy in most other ways and that my work doesn’t require me to stand for long periods, lift heavy objects, or do other activities that I can’t do so well now. My biggest frustration is finding shoes that work, but I like shoe shopping, so it’s not all bad.
At work, I was able to cut back to a single class each semester, which is allowing me to have more time to focus on my administrative work. I’ve come to enjoy the challenges of doing administrative work. I think I will always want to have a class or two, but I enjoy the other work enough that I feel like letting go of much of the teaching pieces hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. We have a new head of school, which has meant a fair amount of work on my part over the summer, helping her to get up to speed and getting her input on projects and tasks that I had been working on previously. I feel that the beginning of school in few weeks will still be the firehose of work that it always is, but that I’m prepared for it. (Mostly, I still have some class prep to do. 🙂 )
At home, I’m digging out from under long built up messes. When I was first back on my feet, I just didn’t have the energy when I got home to do much. Everyone pitched in and triaged as much as possible. The kitchen stayed mostly clean because we like to cook and eat, but many flat surfaces became holding grounds for stacks of paper and things that people weren’t quite sure where they went. The purging I had begun came to a halt. What I’ve found over the years is that my family does pitch in on the housework, but only if I am too. When I was unable to do so, they kind of quit. The last couple of weeks, I’ve seen Geeky Girl randomly clean stuff up that wasn’t hers and Mr. Geeky start to purge things that have been lying around a while. So we might actually have a good foundation to start the school year on.
The rest of the “One step forward” phrase is, of course “two steps back.” And I’m anticipating that to happen at some point during the year. At least now, I can make that one step back forward again and maybe even make progress.