I twisted my knee last fall. (Note: This post was originally written in 2013, but now I’m working on rehabbing my ankle.) I saw a doctor for knee pain and was already on a Rx anti-inflammatory, which masked the symptoms and made it seem not bad enough to see the doctor again. But a few months later it still hurt, so I finally went to see a specialist. The MRI confirmed some arthritis and a torn meniscus (but not bad enough to warrant surgery). I was prescribed a number of things to do.
- Continue losing weight. (Yay for 30 lbs., but I have a long ways to go.)
- Take joint supplements (CosaminDS, if you want to know.)
- Get a series of 3 gel injections (Euflexxa)
- Water exercise and/or bike riding (I’m a fair weather biker, and the weather’s been great!)
- Several sessions with a physical therapist, who in turn prescribed:
- New shoes with new orthotic inserts (even though I thought I had perfectly good ones already)
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
These To-Do’s are not in order of importance, because it was (and still is, for most of them) important that I do them ALL. What good are supplements if I continue to carry excess weight? Why subject myself to gel injections if I’m not going to get new, more supportive shoes? What is the point of seeing a physical therapist if I’m not going to do the exercises? (Note: I’ve slacked off on the exercises, and therefore guess what? I can feel it. When I do everything, though, I feel no pain at all.)
My point? When I work with an organizing client I “prescribe” a number of things, including: determining goals and priorities; sorting and purging possessions; creating homes for everything and labeling containers; being mindful of bringing new items into the home; and dedicating time each day and week to using and maintaining their new systems.
Why sort and purge if you are just going to keep shopping and overflowing your containers? Why organize if you aren’t going to maintain your nice new uncluttered space? How are you going to “find” the time to do the things that are important to you if you never pause to plan your schedule?
Following your doctor’s (or organizer’s) orders leads to faster, more consistent results!
As I say in a previous blog post, Being Organized Isn’t Easy, when did I ever say it was going to be easy?
But it might not be as hard as you think, either. And it’s so-o-o worth it! Don’t you agree?
What other situations can you think of where a several-pronged approach is helpful?
When have you not followed doctor’s orders and regretted it?
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