How I am Blogging as Therapy

February 22nd, 2015 by CASUDI (Caroline Di Diego)


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I’ve heard bloggers on the twitter chat Blogchat say they are blogging as therapy, their own that is but I’ve never really quite understood what this meant until I needed something to keep myself on track. This was right after I broke my ankle and had restorative surgery; it was not a life, or lifestyle threatening occurrence however it threw me for a loop. So I started a blog series “One Hundred Days” as that’s the length of my recuperation journey; so this is how I am blogging as therapy.

This is what I wanted to accomplish:

 

To stay connected, and not withdraw into a remote cave, as I have done in the past, when hit with anything remotely medical.

To move forward with my Architectural Design projects.

To keep up with my friends to let them know how I am doing, however rather then sharing graphic details I thought it far more interesting to reveal my thought process with daily updates.

Then I decided how I was going to do this:

 

One hundred posts over 100 days to show the recuperation journey, with only very limited pertinent broken ankle details, just as back story information as no one really wants to see and read about the gory details!

My posts will be a continuing dialog, an every day diary of my evolving mind space!

My images are chosen to embellish what I am thinking and whenever possible they are from my personal collection. That’s what my IMAGES OF LIFE was designed to do.

This is how it is helping me:

 

1. I made the commitment to write and post everyday and it got me to the computer, at times when I was disinclined to be connected.

2. When I had work to do and couldn’t get started, I wrote a post instead, and then it seemed easy to get on with my workday. It worked like a laxative for my blocked thought process!

3. It helped me answer the numerous concerns from friends asking what happened and how was I doing? It seems many of my friends are interested in hearing how I was managing being “out of control” rather than the graphic details of the injury itself !

4. Every one of my posts is a count-down to the end of the recuperation journey; last Friday we reached the 25% milestone with the 25th post. This reminds me of making notches …… to know how much time has past. With every post we’ve moved one notch closer to the end of the broken ankle episode.

5. After posting twenty-five times, it’s become fun sharing an image of life, and my thoughts. At the onset it was a bit of a chore and I had to really push myself to write and post!

6. There is no stress in the therapy blog; it’s for me and I’ve not looked at any of the analytics. There is something very refreshing about this.

Have you ever tried blogging as therapy?

 

I’m curating and sharing all the posts on this elegant list by Listly below.

Check out Day Seven if you only have time to read one post ~ it’s the back story ~ the cause of why I am blogging as therapy!

 

  1. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day One
    I bought an elegant walking cane for my mother, she was a very elegant person. And I taught her how to use it. Today, what I knew about using a walking cane was the most important thing I needed to know.
  2. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Four
    Why is patience a virtue? Why can't I buy more patience online? Those were my first thoughts today as I woke up feeling very impatient with myself and with life. Then I remembered something I had read recently " Patience is the virtue we exercise to take advantage of the time we have."
  3. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Five
    The most important thing when you feel out of control, as I did the other morning, is to take control of your attitude. You'll say it's easy for me as it's only 100 days.....however I have been thinking what if...... I have also been thinking about how important it is to Design a space for the possible eventuality.......
  4. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Eight
    Getting in the groove would describe today. Not a fun groove either, just something that needs to be done to move the recuperation journey along. Fortunately sleep is an all important part of recuperation for ankle surgery, and I did a lot of that...so what about tonight when I can't sleep?
  5. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Nine
    When I fell and broke my ankle on January 26th, I had no warning. I slipped on algae covered concrete....... two ankle bones snapped..... which necessitated in having 10 screws and a stainless plate inserted during surgery last Monday by Seattle orthopedic surgeon Dr.Mark Reed.
  6. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Ten
    So when you see a Dragon in the sky what does this mean? Today it felt like the Dragon was looking out for me. My challenge today was finding the balance between taking control or letting the pain suppressors continue to do their thing.
  7. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Eleven
    I am looking forward with trepidation to next Wednesday when a lot more than a culinary skill will be revealed....... stay tuned....my cast will be removed and I'll have to actually confront, feel and see the surgery results! How will metal screws actually feel?
  8. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Two
    When I woke up yesterday morning, my first thought was "how can I cope"? And then my friend Karen called and asked, "how does it feel to be out of control" Right on Karen!...... that's just what I was feeling!
  9. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Three
    This is what I see from my bed through a long lens! It feels like I am looking at everything through a long lens this week ....... everything is magnified and I'm focused on the details rather than the overall picture.
  10. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day SiX
    On January 26th I learned that the recuperation journey will be about 100 days; that's this week added to the 12 weeks after my ankle surgery scheduled for tomorrow. So this is my personal diary ONE HUNDRED DAYS; it's really self- therapy to help me deal with the days to come ........
  11. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Seven
    Hardware update completed ~ unlike updated computer hardware I hope this one will last for 30 years... My surgery yesterday at 7.30 in the morning was 2 hours and I came out of the anesthetic fast they said .
  12. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Twelve
    As some of you know I am an advocate of Master Tung's Acupuncture, and even visited one of his remaining direct disciples in Taipei a few years ago. Today, Jon Gissel Seattle Master Tung practitioner flew in to see me via Kenmore Air float plane.
  13. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Thirteen
    Our four legged feline companions are a very important part of our recuperation process. Eight weeks ago we adopted a Bengal rescue cat and named him Tai Chi. After a very controlled introduction process he and our fifteen year old Burmese, Braun are almost best of friends.
  14. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Fifteen
    Just when you think you have things all worked out, you realize they don't really work anymore and you have to change, modify, pivot your strategy or plan. That is the similarity between the StartUp and recuperation journey. Yesterday's plan is not the best focus for today.
  15. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Seventeen
    How can a Medical facility sell a MaxTrax boot for $350.00, which is for sale on Amazon for less than $100? Is it the same product? Do mark-ups vary that much when a product is prescribed by a Doctor? ? Which layer in the chain is taking the biggest cut?
  16. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Eighteen
    You can read so much from a face; from a facial expression and also what I call face language (like body language) ~ even this mask "The Prince" by Northwest Artist Doug David reveals strength and character and perhaps some bloody mindedness as well.
  17. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Valentines Day 2015
    To some of us Valentines day is not really significant - as every day is special day when you are with someone you love - and what some people show once a year should be an integral part of the DNA of your relationship.
  18. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Twenty
    Healing is hard work when you want things to move along beyond the status quo. I remember a Doctor saying to a friend.... if you are not going to work at it (healing), then I am not your Doctor!
  19. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Presidents Day
    Things are often not what they seem! Look closely the Deer is not really being offered as a tasty dish! Well, that could be a great opening for a politically focused post, appropriate for Presidents Day; but not happening here. This image could also lead to the philosophical discussion ~ how do you know what is real?
  20. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Fourteen
    What does normal mean? Every time we change what we expect in our lives does it become a new normal? Who would have known how things would change and all I did was break an ankle, require a hardware upgrade to my foot and embark on a 100 day recuperation journey.
  21. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Sixteen
    Everyone wants to know, but how much detail should you really share? I am sensitive about this, as just about everyone I know has such a very busy schedule. So here goes the short form: Image here is the first layer of my after surgery cast being removed.
  22. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Twenty-Two
    When you reach a goal, even an interim goal or milestone you know you are on the right road.......but that's assuming you've made the goals in the first place. It's important in a recuperation journey to have clearly defined goals or milestones. We reached a milestone today; ice and elevate really paid off.
  23. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Twenty-Four
    It's a SAD day in the San Juan Islands, located in the great Pacific Northwest. This was my "viewport" when I opened my front door this morning....it was enough to make me turn around and go back to bed.
  24. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Twenty-Five
    Why is struggling with new technology so time consuming? Why cant there be a simple solution for online security? The phone in my image above still works after several decades and it's only challenging to use if you are under a certain age! Not a very secure location in today's world...
  25. One Hundred Days | One Hundred Days: Day Twenty-Six

    Architects and Designers who design for accessible design should spend at least a couple of days in a wheelchair! After spending a month tooling around at home, staying in a hotel and visiting Seattle Orthopedic Center I've come the conclusion that in real terms as to what a person needs, some ADA designed spaces fall short!

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