I ended up in the ER last week, stitches to my right (dominant) hand, resulting from a losing battle with a broken glass. Exiting the hospital at 11:30pm, I was faced with a decision – to go, or not to go, to work the next day? Self-care I can trumpet to my clients, but oh-how-complicated it becomes as I face my own choices. This blog entry is about my own journey navigating an acceptable balance between my professional and personal responsibilities. I hope that it might help “normalize” this challenge for other clinicians, dedicated, as I am, to the clients we serve.
Facts: I have 3 stitches in my hand. I am not in any amount of inordinate pain as a result. I have almost 7hrs of sleep available to me. I have a fairly full schedule tomorrow including clients without telephones or other means of contact. It is only one more day of work before the weekend. I just spent two plus hours in the hospital (second one I visited – first one, the ER was closed). It would help to keep the wound dry and immobilized for at least 24hrs. I am mad at myself for what I consider a stupid, unnecessary injury. What to do?
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