Injured - and feeling guilty about it regarding work.
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March 16,2023 at 12:55PM UTC
I'm about to start Year 20 with my current company. I have Hashimoto's, Hyperparathyroidism, and Osteopenia which for me means bones, tendons, and ligaments are really affected.
My first ever broken bone (that I knew about) was in 2005. Since then I've injured myself at least 12 times. It's frustrating because I don't do anything zany. I literally have hurt myself just shooting hoops, or on a bike ride, or just walking down stairs.
Stairs and I are NOT friends. ?
Since 2014 it's gotten progressively worse. I fall, hurt myself which makes me weaker, which makes me prone to falling... it's a vicious cycle.
Now is no exception. I'm in my 7th week WFH because I'm on a strong walk restriction. In October I stumbled on stairs and wrenched my right hip/knee/ankle (with tendon microtears - yay). End of January, I slipped on ice while cleaning my car and slammed my left foot into a concrete parking stop. Was diagnosed with a severe bone bruise to my left cuboid. Lefty has been really tender and swollen. Still in pain so at my last follow up doctor ordered an MRI. Results came in yesterday. Severe bone bruise confirmed. And I also have an oblique fracture to the base of my 5th metatarsal.
Lovely. I've been walking on a broken foot for the past 7 weeks. I can't use crutches at the moment because my right leg is still healing. That's why I'm WFH.
Why do I feel bad? Because my job requires people to travel between 2-6 times a year to set up/tear down/and work conventions. We're right in the middle of "show season" as it's called - with 3 events literally back-to-back-to-back.
I'm not attending any of them. this time. But I have done so in the past when I've been injured.
Then there's the fact I'm going on vacation the end of March. It's my first vacation in a year. I also prepaid much of it nearly 4 months ago as a Christmas present for my best friend whom I'm going to see.
This is adding to my guilt. In my defense - I've never dealt with multiple injuries to one area, nor have I been trying to heal from 2 injuries at once.
Why am I feeling so guilty?
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