Self-Care Act of the Day

February 6, 2019

I have dedicated a little corner of my daily Hobonichi planning page to this little item. Thus far, my self-care acts have included things as varied as:

  • staying all day at work on a Sunday to catch up while on call (I recognize this is not traditional self-care, but it made me feel better than any massage or pedi!)
  • spending some time reading during lunchtime
  • going to bed at 7:45 (last night). YES, 7:45. I slept until 5:30. (This was after a week of call in which I accumulated some significant sleep deprivation, so I felt entitled)

My call week was heart-wrenching. I did more multidisciplinary high-acuity medicine than I’ve done for a long time, which actually felt really gratifying, but it also made me so incredibly sad. I don’t know how oncologists do what they do; I’d probably have to be medicated.

ANYWAY. It was odd to shift gears from that to a day off yesterday, but such is life. I took Cameron to a kindergarten intro program called “Hatchlings”, which was so cute. He was shy and clingy at first but had a great time. I don’t get a lot of solo time with C (he gets lumped with A or G, depending on what we have going on) but I’d like to give him more. I can tell he loves it.

They got to go through the lunch line (as “practice”) and try a real school lunch! He was excited but I was not thrilled with the contents — chicken nuggets, chocolate milk made with skim + a bunch of additives, a random bag of juice (?), a tiny cup of rice with a few random carrots & peas thrown in, and cookies. I think we will keep packing (at least most days) for the foreseeable future . . .

Since I was off, I also fit in a run, a parent-teacher conference, made 2 more dr’s appointments (I now have OBGYN, PCP, dentist, eye dr, and derm set up for myself after not doing any of these things since Genevieve was born . . .), and wrote out my February goals list (I’ll save that for tomorrow’s post). I also got to pick A up from school (I ran there!) and hang out at the playground with all 3. There is plenty I DIDN’T do, but that seems like enough.

Sometimes I am wondering if my days off are worth it, and I have even been contemplating a work increase back to 90%*, but yesterday did feel like it was.

*Spending all day at work on a Sunday and having multiple late nights has me wondering how “80%” my 80% is lately, so that is one reason why I was questioning things.