Thursday Thumbs Up

Thursday Thumbs Up #4 – Day of Rest #31days

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Well, I have failed at the #31days posts, but since it fits within my theme of “Coming up for Air” I thought I would go ahead and tag this as one.  I think I’ve spoken before on here about how a student of mine last year told me about her strict adherence to a “day of rest” each week.  Because our speech and debate team travels on weekends, she told me that she needed to work out a different day of the week to have her day of rest – she felt like it was very important to her mental, physical and emotional well-being.  At the time, I thought it sounded kind of extreme.  A whole day of rest?  Isn’t a few hours here and there good enough?  But, the more I realized my levels of stress and constant putting out fires, the more I started to come around on having this entire of day of rest each week.

I have not actually achieved a full day of rest yet.  Originally, I thought Thursdays would be that day, but then I started filling them up with things.  Another class to teach.  A leadership workshop in the evening.  It is hard to schedule things such that one day a week I do nothing – no commitments.  If I CHOOSE to do something, it has to be something that is not required – something spontaneous and something that feeds my spirit and health.  So, I’ve decided to try to schedule an entire day of rest next semester.  And then make sure I actually do not agree to anything scheduled on that day.  It will be hard to do, but I’m going to try to do it.

Today was my partial day of rest.  But, I spent the second half of it in the pediatrician’s office and then at our local hospital getting an echocardiogram and EKG for her because her blood pressure was extremely low.  Turns out all was fine, but when you have a heart transplant recipient, you have to play it safe and get the checks done.  Tomorrow morning we’ll get a blood draw to check her med levels, but I think she was just a bit dehydrated.


But, I’ve lost track of my Thumbs Up portion of the post – 

First, thumbs up for our transplant team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  They are truly fantastic and make me feel like they care about my child as much as I care about my child.  That can’t be easy with the volume of patients that they serve, but they really do make it feel that way.  We have felt nothing but blessed with being placed at LPCH for our daughter’s heart care.

Second, thumbs up for echo and ekg techs who were awesome with a four year old tonight at our local hospital.  I can’t imagine that either of them work on preschoolers very often, but both of them were amazing with her.

Third, thumbs up for my awesome four year old and her incredible behavior through the doctor’s appointment, echocardiogram and EKG this afternoon.  I know she must have been exhausted after a day of preschool, but she was in good spirits, very cooperative and more than anything she was joyful.  I am so incredibly thankful that I have a child who rolls with the punches as far as her medical services go.  She could be miserable and crying and resistant, but instead she almost embraces it.  I am so, so thankful.

Finally, thumbs up for a partial day of rest.  Although this afternoon was a long, three hour medical check, I was at least well-rested after my morning of quiet, Midsomer Murders and pumpkin spice coffee.  I fully embrace the idea of having entire days like that in my future.

3 thoughts on “Thursday Thumbs Up #4 – Day of Rest #31days”

  1. One of my kids is a cardiac patient. He hasn’t had a transplant (that must have been devastating) but he’s had one open-heart surgery and will have to go back again for another. I feel for you with the long appointments!


    1. The open heart surgeries are tough. My daughter had to have the transplant and then a valve repair about two years later. I’m hoping the repair holds up for a long, long time so she doesn’t have to have another open heart surgery anytime soon. How long before you have to go for the second? Is he one of the kids who has to have three surgeries? Fontan I think one of them is called?


      1. My son has Noonan Syndrome, and with it all the possible problems he can have with his heart. He has an ASD (a hole in his atrium, but you probably already knew that) his heart is very thick, and he had a patch put on his pulmonary valve at two months of age that he will grow out of when he goes through his adolescent growth spurt. So far he’s only 4′ 3″ and 60 pounds, but he’s 13 years old… Could be any time, and I hope it will be the last.
        One day at a time, right?


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