I got 9 hours of sleep last night and I can physically tell such a difference from the few nights before, only getting 3.
The Ability Lab focuses on sleep first for everyone in the program it seems like. If you are getting enough sleep, other things get easier. Your body regenerates when you sleep. Sunday night I got 3 hours of sleep, and yesterday was terrible. I’ve never felt so much nerve pain in my arm. I was working on dexterity in my hands and it was way harder then I expected. They are teaching us to push through some of the pain, and let me tell you, I do not wish this upon anyone! Safe and sore is what they say. Don’t hurt yourself, but some pain is good.
I had started adapting things without even thinking about it. I’m a lefty and mostly this is my left hand, so opening things is pretty impossible, makeup is becoming hard, my hair is impossible right now, so I’ll probably be wearing a hat till this gets a little better 😂. One of my goals is to be able to do my hair, I have really thick long hair, without pain medicine. I did it over the weekend, so we’re already on track! I’m not wasting my energy on it while I’m at treatment!! I spend 8 hours exercising and running around from class to class right now. I don’t have time for all that 🙅🏻♀️. I just don’t want to cut it, so they’re working with us on stuff we want to be ABLE to do. Travel, work, not take pain medicine, do my hair and makeup, and dance 💃 are my main goals.
I hope with 9 hours of sleep under my belt today is a little easier!