bogeyandruby

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary had five different definitions of the word « baseline ».

Healthcare workers use this term a lot as a reference point for comparison. For example, we ask, « Is the client at his or her baseline level of functioning? » In other words, how is the client functioning now compared to how they were before a specific event such as a hospitalization?

After a period of convalesce or rehabilitation, we evaluate the client and determine if they have reached their baseline or if they have a new baseline level.

I have slowly begun to accept that I have a new baseline level of functioning, that my running days are over and that on bad days I will walk with a limp. It’s been a challenge getting to this point but it’s okay. I’m okay. I’ll be okay.

4 thoughts on “June 10th: New Baseline

  1. Linda E Brown says:

    Sharon,
    Whenever my physical baseline changes and I want to go backwards to the “before time”, I am reminded by wise friends that things take time, that “it is a process.” So, I take a breath and start again but sometimes a well placed cuss or two is just what is needed to let off steam. (Swearing is after all a sign of intelligence, no?) Enjoy the warm dog days of summer that are upon us and take in the cooler evenings to walk slowly, if need be, to stretch, to sit and listen to the birds to enjoy a quiet moment or two (or three). Sending hugs..

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    1. bogeyandruby says:

      You’re my hero(ine), Linda … you truly are. Much love ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Jean says:

    You will be okay. And your baseline may change. But it’s YOUR baseline, do with it what you will. Kick it down the street or lay on it for comfort. It’s your baseline.

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    1. bogeyandruby says:

      Thanks, Jean, for your kindness and humour. Made me smile. 😊

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