Weekend Coffee Share. This Little Bird’s Gonna Fly…I Hope.

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Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Antoinette Truglio Martin. Can I just say, thank God for weekends!

I was in such bliss waking up at 7 this morning knowing I didn’t have to put my brain in overdrive getting ready to be somewhere at a specified time or thinking about what I’d do first or what morning meeting I’d have at school. I looked forward to breakfast and coffee, and everyone else at home was asleep. It was silent in my home, silent in my neighborhood, and I managed 7 hours of sleep last night, a miracle, lately. I do a lot of stretching in the morning, exercises at home, and yoga now and then, which I will start more as physical therapy is winding down. It all makes for a peaceful morning that I can stretch out with writing on the laptop and sometimes, yes, tying up less ends for work and making progress on my class for Teaching Gifted students. Right now is a busy time, and I have still been in the process of working on me.

On that note, on Martin Luther King day I invited a new co-worker, a very young woman, to bring her dog to the dog park to play with my Bixby. It went so well, we are going to do it again! She is my son’s age, but why should that stop me? I am so glad I did that. It’s about breaking out of usual limits we put on ourselves.

Of course, Bixby loved it too!

I saw my doctor this last week and we discussed many things: sleeplessness, menopause, my progress with my shoulder and physical therapy. He’s offering a prescription for the sleep, and I’m going to think about it first. I think I’ve made good progress with the physical therapy and will likely write about that on my blog as well. As this process went on, I’ve been educating myself and researching about the brain and pain, anxiety and its effects on our thinking. I am emerging from physical therapy much stronger, so let me just tell you, it works. However, I not only needed help with my body and strength, but also with my mindset. I received that as well in the most subtle of ways. As a result, I am a firm believer in physical therapy as a method for dealing with or recovering from pain. As I said, I plan to write about this and some of the things I learned about myself through this process. I have one more appt, and then I will be the baby bird nudged out of the nest. I am ready to go on to the next thing, or just to discover what is the next way I can keep myself on the path to getting stronger and believing in myself. My doctor says an MRI is not necessary now, which works for me, as I like avoiding visits to the hospital! My goal is to continue doing intentional things to keep my upper body strong and not allow it to go back to the pain cycle; may any pain that comes now simply be growing pain. I am already keeping up with lower body stretches and will continue, perhaps challenging myself with barre class or cardio yoga.

Just for fun, here is what I’ve been researching about the mind:

-Is counting a form of OCD

-Other side effects of menopause

-How safe is Ambien? (because I’m not sure I want that prescription)

-Anxiety and memory loss

-physical therapy stories

-pain and trauma

-pain and the brain

-CBT

Yes, sometimes I am heavy handed with my over-thinking. But don’t worry, this little bird is gonna fly. As you should know, if you have ever met me or read my writing or blog posts, I am very capable in the area of imagination and fantasy, and half of the battle is believing that you can!

Photo via Pixabay.

Stay light, my friends. Have a great week!

Author: PamelaS.Canepa, Writing and Living

I am a writer who also teaches reading and writing, currently. In 2016, I self-published an e-book and its sequel, and I am learning the art of self-promotion. I published a full-length time travel novel as of 6/16/17 and its sequel in the summer of 2018. Life is a trip, and writing is the best escape for me! Learn about my award-winning sci-fi novel, Detours in Time, on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF Visit me at https://about.me/pamela.schloessercanepa

20 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share. This Little Bird’s Gonna Fly…I Hope.”

  1. I’m more of a fan of melotonin for sleep, as it is natural. I use the spray which is hard to find, but a squirt under the tongue just before I go to bed, does the trick, most of the time. It is not unusual to have that issue in menopause.

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      1. I’ve tried so many things that work for a time, then I have to switch them out. A cup of hot Golden Milk is good, a glass of wine or some whiskey in the evening before bedtime. Switching out confuses your brain. I sometimes play solitaire games to get my mind out of the “busy” mode. Reading a book until you doze off. That is hard for me, because of hubby and… because as I’ve gotten older I have a focus problem which doesn’t allow me to read as much as I’d like. But, try any one of those and see what works.

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  2. Hold to your course captain. I believe your health is safe in your wise hands.
    So you have one other contra-data point. It was my MRI that uncovered a fact about my pain that lead to my full recovery.
    I was very glad that I did it, but my doctor also wisely had me try PT first. In my case, PT only antagonized the cause of my pain.

    The MRI was loud, but short and pain free. I had a set of those foam ear plugs and, save for the noise, could have slept through the procedure.

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    1. My hope is that the pain doesn’t come back and make me limit my activities again. In that case, the MRI is probably the next step. My doctor ordered a lot of tests for me this year to include a thyroid scan which involves going to the hospital. I like staying away from the hospital, so I got to stay away for a little while, and pray things are really going to be better. Thanks for your encouragement! I spent some time with Tamara this morning, by the way!

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      1. Ah – good. She’s a good gal with lots of spunk and personality. Don’t tell her, but I think you’ll be a good influence for her.

        Did you catch that I put the latest and greatest framework for chap. 2 on my blog site? I did not share out the link so only you and I will see it. Also, shall I email you my mobile # for quick Q&A text messages as thoughts come up?

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  3. lol, you were right, you did post a big chunk of your coffee share in the comments on mine 😉 The dogs seem to be having a great time – it is always good for them to socialize. Humans too, and in ways, once we are adults, age doesn’t matter as much. I’m sure with your physical therapy almost over that you will continue own your own to better health. Have a great week!

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  4. Hi Pamela
    What is Bixby but an excuse to go to the park ? ^_^
    I think we all have tiny OCDs built into us some healthy and some not so much anyway the brain is capable of oh so much including spectacularly conjuring up the weirdest things
    Anyhoo here’sto flight
    ~B

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  5. I hope you keep getting good sleep. It is so important. I have a hard time managing my day if I don’t get enough sleep. So happy that your phusical therapy is working so well. This is great news! I think you have a sound approach, thinking big decisions through. Have a fabulous week!

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