The Healing Week

During my years after graduating university I worked as an injury claims adjudicator, and the medical professionals in my office would frequently claim that any injury takes six weeks to heal. Fractured ankle? Six weeks to heal. Crushed femur? Six weeks to heal. Broken heart? Well… maybe not all types of injuries take six weeks to heal.

This week, I started noticing some settling in to routines with staff and students, an easing of the panicked emails from parents, and then looked at my calendar realizing that we are in week six of “emergency remote teaching”. I had also been noticing this unusual and sometimes sudden propensity for tears prompted by everything from an act of generosity posted on social media, to the discovery of a hand-drawn birthday card from years past during a fury of house cleaning. These were atypical ruptures of the day’s skin.

Glancing at the calender of events for this week, I noted fewer scheduled meetings, fewer workshop registrations, and wondered if this might be what the medical field declares the healing week. Maybe this is the week when life settles into routines that flow and have been streched and massaged into a workable sense. The funny thing is, I thought that I had been largely unaffected, unimpaired by this disruption in the educational world, thought that, in fact, I was productively inspired to learn more about technology, about online teaching and learning. I have been both, but, now that week six has arrived, I’m not so sure that I was addressing the dislocation.

My piriformis was actually the first responder. This muscle, always on my left side, acts up whenever I push my running too far, too fast, without adequate stretching or rest. It kept me up last night reminding me that the body remembers and will always ask for healing. The ache was deep pulling me out of the drifting descent into the unconsious world back up to the surface where it screamed for acknowledgement.

I assessed the symptoms, shifted position, and committed myself to take a day of rest from running and to use this week for healing.

 

9 thoughts on “The Healing Week

  1. Six weeks?! I had to go back through my mental calendar because I was sure you could not be right. It’s gone by quickly. I’m only in my 3rd week of distance teaching. But I’m quite sure I haven’t yet realized I need to grieve the loss of this year. It was not an easy one for me, and I think I needed the break away from it for a long stretch before realizing that it was still a great year. This week I’ve started feeling the shock dissipate and the sadness settle in.

    Beautiful writing today!

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    1. Amazing how much we can be in the same place emotionally but so far way in space. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have connected with you, Lisa. This is a blessing I will take from all of this disruption.

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  2. If only we only needed six weeks. Wouldn’t that be grand. Perhaps it’s this six weeks mark that has prompted many to think we’re healed, we can return to normal routines. It’s a bit like a premature birth. I worry the patient will need triage from reuniting the wound, the way the piriformis muscle demands constant attention.

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  3. I couldn’t love this more, Melanie. It captured my feelings and experience exactly, as I too am in week 6. in some ways it has sped fast, while in others a snail’s pace. It took me a few weeks of “soldiering” through before my emotions got the better of me. Now I find myself more fragile than before. I thought it would be the reverse. Thank you for this, and stay safe and well.

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  4. Oh, this post helped me so much. I have felt quite different this week–less interested in my extensive online learning and PD, more exhausted, more in need of quiet rest without the constant demand to be thinking, working, learning, productive. What you’re describing here makes so much sense!

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