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The Fallout Guide for Hep C: Routine

This is part five of a six-part series called The Fallout Guide for Hep C. Six emotional components of living with Hep C which are important to address to maintain our sense of self as we traverse the difficult hardships ahead. Read earlier installments on survival mode, support networks, self-care, and passion.

In 2016, much like each day of my life, I asked “what good will I do today?’ Part of my routine is understanding the things I need in a day.

Feeding the body, the soul, & the mind

What fed my body was a proper diet, exercise, and knowing when to take a break. What fed my soul was helping others (especially those with hep C), mindful activities like yoga, meditation, hiking and dance. What fed my mind was reading, music, conversation, and video games.

These were the tools of my routine. If I felt I was lacking in one area, I would re-examine my approach and try something else. I’ve always found a certain peace with showering each and every morning. A place and moment to critically examine what good I could do that day.

A healthy breakfast, a moderately paced walk, and a guiding notion: Only engage in Facebook arguments on the elliptical. Because it guarantees at least something productive may come of it. I would spend hours researching elements of Hep C, every study, article, and group I could find. My goal was to know everything I can about the virus.

Setting intentions

Lunch became a time to follow-up on my intention for the day. Was the good I would do that day actionable, and how was I progressing. If it wasn’t actionable that day, I would set a new intention. My afternoon pre-liver transplant consisted of naps, but post-transplant and post-hep C, my naps are rare and now I make myself available on these forums.

When I was in the worst of it, my routine kept me going when motivation failed to surface. Because it’s hard to be positive all the time, routine forced good habits to form reinforcing my ability to serve my needs when I otherwise would have been too mentally or physically exhausted to attempt them.

Keeping routine despite stress

My diet was as essential as my schedule in terms of routine. It’s consistent high protein, low sodium and small selection kept things risk averse. In addition to providing moderation to my diet, and stress relief to my day, routine sheltered me from injury, illness or risk, as I knew what to expect and when. It helped me deal with my largest stresses: when will I get a transplant, and when will I get cured.

Routine also allowed me to quickly asses when something was amiss. Because my routine has such little variance, it was easy to find out the source of my C. Diff in 2014. It was easier to monitor changes from blood draws and see the effects.

From survival mode to suvivor

It was easier to explain to my doc what was going on.

It’s imperative to have structures to keep each aspect of who we are whole so that when we transition from survival mode to being a survivor, the upheaval is less jarring.

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