Monday, June 6, 2011
Too much too soon
I went to work today. I lasted about 5 hours.
My surgical incision is still tender. I think maybe sitting at a desk for hours, hands poised over a keyboard, puts some kind of strain on your "core" muscles - which is right where my incision is located.
In any case, I began to feel very tired after a few hours. It also didn't help that there was nothing going on at work - it was all routine boring stuff - reading and sending emails, answering phone calls - nothing urgent, no real WORK to get immersed in. Perhaps convalescence gives you a low tolerance for nonsense.
Thankfully, my boss, who is both compassionate and intuitive, called me out when I didn't want to admit how I felt. "You look tired," she said. "Why don't you go home?"
I'm not sure what I'll do tomorrow. There is an all-staff monthly meeting I should attend....but then on the other hand, nothing ever happens at those. There are some business things I have to take care of this week, but nothing is urgent. I have sick leave hours in the bank, so I can easily take the time off.
I think I'm talking myself into staying home tomorrow.
Photos are from the Farmers' Market in Pacific Palisades on Sunday. Why is it that a one hour visit enjoying these sights give me strength, but a couple of hours of regular work exhaust me?