Leaders for Leaders offers a wonderful resource to help navigate the many tensions within organizations. Much of what we do cannot be all or nothing, but some form of tension, ideally healthy tension.
Setting an intention for yourself is important, especially when things are unpredictable and choices you would typically make are now being made for you, like where you work and where you go.
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If you’re one of the many thousands of Nova Scotians caring for a loved one who is ill, Mary Jane Hampton knows how you’re feeling.
During her mother’s illness, she was her family’s caregiver, and the experience taught her a lot about the role that she hadn’t previously considered.
“It became personal,” she told CBC’s Information Morning. “In the last year and half of helping to care for my terminally ill mother, I couldn’t help but notice that I was seeing the same people in waiting rooms week after week.
“Not patients — the people with the patients. The ones who had brought them to the appointment, attended the visit with the doctor and presumably had something to do with the care plan once they got the person home again.
“If I didn’t recognize their faces, I recognized the look on their faces. For the most part, they were very, very tired.”
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This is part of a series from CBC’s Information Morning where Halifax health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton discusses her “health hacks” — ways to make your experience with the health-care system better.
I attended the Working with Pain talk on November 2nd and heard some amazing information about what pain is and what resources are available, like the local Pain Clinic at the VG hospital.
Discussion shifted to the idea of a pain support group on campus. The thought of having a supportive group of colleagues who “get it” when it comes to pain and its related issues got me teary. This took me a bit by surprise. I realized I’ve been pushing down my feelings, carrying on with the task at hand, not letting my pain “get the best of me.” This speaks to the complexity of the issues and feelings involved. All aspects of one’s life are affected. I mourn my past active body, I worry about dealing with daily pain in the present and I worry about what it means for my future. And I worry about crying in front of others in a support group setting.
I have experienced what it is like in the Dal caregivers support group to have people around the table that you don’t have to explain things to and who give empathy unconditionally. And, yes, I cry at almost every meeting. So what? I am human. Feelings need to be expressed and processed. Perhaps this is one way of doing it.
Do you or a family member experience pain? Would you like to join an on-campus support group? Have your name added to the contact list by emailing Healthy@Dal.ca.
I’m super pleased to share the following learning event, being held on campus on November 2. It is in partnership with the Dalhousie Pain Group and the Action Atlantic Pain Society.
Human Resources is conducting a learning session for faculty and staff facing challenges with Pain on November 2 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm in the Student Union Building, Room 224. Participants in this session will be presented with information and resources to better understand what pain is, how it may manifest in the body and options available to address the physical effects. Approaches for self-care and methods of coping will be discussed, as well as improving communication with health care providers. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the session leaders. The goal is to empower people with pain to make better decisions to better address obstacles.
For more information on the event and to register, please visit: https://events-tm.dal.ca/workshop.php?id=1825.
Keep watch for other events related to Pain Management, such as the Food-Pain connection, throughout the month of November.
Links: Dalhousie Pain Group: http://medicine.dal.ca/research/pain-group.html
Action Atllantic Pain Society: http://actionatlantic.blogspot.ca/