Wednesday, August 19, 2009

God Laughs and I Change My Plans for Tomorrow

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"Wanna make God laugh? Tell him your plans!."

~ Vin Scully

The longer I live with chronic illness, the better I get at reading the writing on the wall. Only today I swear I heard God laughing at me: me with all my plans. Seems I've had a temporary lapse in judgment and gone a little overboard.

I thought it was smart to schedule two medical appointments back to back, Tuesday and Wednesday. I imagined I was being clever planning two medical appointments for Friday; after all, they are in the same place. (Isn't killing two birds with one stone fibro-friendly?) I decided the workmen coming to install the solar panels today would in no way impact my routine or day.

Sadly, I am being proven wrong on all accounts.

Thankfully amongst the giggles, I heard a whispered reminder, The Golden Rule of Chronic Illness: If I pace, I can play. If I push, I will pay. So with a gentle nudge, tomorrow I change my plans and give myself the rest of the week off. I need the rest. I've spent too much time walking on the thin line that is the border of my energy envelope. I've even stepped out of it more than a few times this week. I'm about to pay. Thankfully someone knows I'd rather play and reminded me in a gentle way.

I'm in on the joke. God's not laughing at me, God's laughing with me.
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Anonymous said...

Good that you realized before the day of the appointments. It does seem, on the face of it, that doing two in one day (especially if they're in the same place) seems time-efficient. But when we count in the stress level (depending on what type of medical appt) and wait time, it can definitely be too much! And doctors seem to have longer and longer wait times these days so it could very well be a number of hours of sitting around. Hope the solar panel installation is going well!

Selena said...

So true! I can't tell you how many times I have rushed to get to a doctor's appointment on time, only to wait for up to 2 hours to be seen. I know the doctor I was going to see has that kind of wait time, which is why I decided to reschedule. It's been a long week...

I posted pictures of the solar panels in a follow-up post. Hopefully we get to turn it on after the inspection today.

Thanks for your comments!