What great news! I have a good feeling that you are headed in the right direction!
You are right about
the power of journaling. I never understood how beneficial it could be until I started myself. I don't write in it ever day, sometimes I go a couple of weeks in between writings, but it is always there when I need it! I made my list out tonight, like you suggested. It will be a good reference. Sometimes, you have so much going on that it is hard to keep everything straight! That's why I like keeping a daily pain journal too. I really only keep record of my pain level throughout the day & relative to the times I take my meds, but it has been very useful for both me & my doctor (although things have been so hectic the last month, that I haven't been consistent like I always am. I've probably neglected about
3 wks. Not good. I really need to start it up again, especially now that I am starting to taper down off the dilaudid).
I believe that I have Heal Your Life
by Louise Hay. I'm almost 100% positive that I do. I think I even have a work book & a video that go along with it as well! My mother got me a bunch of spiritual healing/"self-help" books about
a year ago. It was a nice thought, but I haven't had time to read any of them! I miss reading so much! I have hardly read anything for fun since the injury, going on 2 1/2 years ago, because it is just too hard & painful. I barely get through the everyday reading I have to do for school. It is such a shame because I LOVE to read. I have gotten some books on tape/audiobook, but I haven't had time to listen to them either! But most of the ones I want to read aren't on tape.
I have two huge stacks of books in my room with sticky notes on them that say "READ US!" because I desperately want to read them, but I haven't been able to yet. Hopefully when the semester finishes in another 4 wks I'll be able to do a little fun reading. I'd be happy if I could just read 2 books over the entire summer. Make that one! I just want to read!