Teacher Self-Care: Lesson Learned

Much of your strength as a woman can come from the resolve to replenish and fill your own well and essence first, before taking care of others.
Miranda J. Barrett, A Woman’s Truth: A Life Truly Worth Living

I added a big event to my teacher self-care routine today: arthroscopic knee surgery. It was not planned, however, it did provide me with a valuable life lesson. 

I spoke about the injury I received at the end of April while practicing for a charity volleyball game. I made the injury worse by continuing to practice and play in the game. I put the importance of looking good and keeping our undefeated record above my health.  Although we won, the cost to me included limited mobility for a month.

Someone even asked if I would wait until summer break to have the surgery since it was so close. No sir, no ma’am! I will not prolong my discomfort for another month. The sad fact, however, is that earlier in my career I would have waited. I would have put on my “Teacher Martyr” mask, saved those sick days, and spent my summer vacation with the physical therapist.

sunflower looking towards the sun
With each sunrise, the possibilities are endless. Trista L. Pollard, NBCT

My knee feels so much better after weeks of discomfort. The surgery went quickly, and the anesthesia did not turn me into the drunk babbling person I usually am afterward. Now my summer will be spent improving my workout routine, and my health will come first before my career/job. Life lesson learned.

Quotes in pictures are from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/self-care.