Wednesday, 25 March 2009

The four 'P' approach

I have been having a bit of an 'amber' time recently and am trying to work my way through some more health difficulties and medical conundrums associated with the old lupus. This is not helped by the fact things are busy right now, not least because we are planning a surprise party for my Granny's 90th birthday which is great fun, but involves a fair bit of work.

I was therefore really pleased to hit upon a very insightful tip when I was resting yesterday, given in Lupus Now by another 'loopie' in America, called Ann Utterback. It struck me as a very succinct way of expressing the key to Living Well with Lupus. It gave me the focus I needed to get back on track mentally during a moment when I was feeling rather despondent so here it is in case it is also of help to anyone reading this:

Practice the four P's:

1. Plan

2. Prioritise

3. Pace yourself

4. have Patience

I think this is excellent advice because it is simple and clear yet it captures everything that is key to working around the lupus.

Incidentally, I recommend Lupus Now in general. It is the magazine produced for loopies and their families by the Lupus Foundation of America. It was recommended to me by one of the loopies that took part in our research (thanks Dierdre!) and I now subscribe, although you can now access it online too: I find the articles are relevant and offer lots of useful information and advice.

Anyway, I am off now to dot a few 'Four P' post-it notes around the house to remind me to plan, prioritise, pace myself and be patient, so I won't go wrong.


Anonymous said...

An excellent blog, keep up the good work Daisy! DTB

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