The Extra Day

The rhythm of a two day work week has become familiar and very manageable. The  heat of summer wears on me when I’m not in Idyllwild, and any change in humidity cane cause swelling in my knees. One day of rest at home is usually sufficient for recovery.

This week I volunteered to work a third day, as one of our chaplains has been sick all week. This required me to drive down early Friday morning. Due to some police activity, my drive was over two hours to get in to work. Scheduling visits took a little while, along with phone calls. I headed out to see one new client in a nursing home.

My friend’s celebration of life was scheduled at 11 a.m., so I headed there next. It was lovely to see people I had worked with years ago. I greeted them all, along with my friend’s husband and two daughters with their families. The service was nice, with beautiful photos and a video.

Leaving the luncheon early, I headed back to work to visit another new patient in her home. We had a good meeting, and I was able to gather all the information I needed. This woman was a few years younger than me, and we shared a good conversation before she tired out.

Heading back to the office, I logged the two spiritual assessments in to the data base. Two calls to recently bereaved families followed, and these were logged as well. The day’s heat and walking were wearing on me, and I headed out as soon as I finished to make the drive home.

Two hours later, I entered my house, took my shoes off, and rested on the recliner chair. Some good live music was playing in town, but I had no energy left.

I am very grateful to have my job, and to be able to work two days in a row so that I don’t have to drive there and back in one day. That extra day of work and the extra driving in one day really wore me out. I’ll stick to two days of work per week, thank you, with time to rest, recover and do my work here at home the rest of the week. I will also remember to give myself time each week to rest, exercise, and enjoy the little things in life.

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