"A waiting person is a patient person." - Henri J.M. Nouwen
Argh! Have you ever felt impatient at a red light, or irritated at the end of a long line for your prescription at the pharmacy? You're not alone.
Patience can feel scarce when you don't have control over a situation. It can feel like hemophilia interrupts your life and brings a slew of frustrations at the worst moments. Finding a tiny bit of control can bring us patience later.
Control might look like self-care: a walk around the block, getting up early for 15 minutes of alone time, spending time each week encouraging others who have hemophilia or starting a gratitude journal. Don't let anyone (including yourself!) make you feel guilty for taking care of yourself.
Here are some conversations about patience on MyHemophiliaTeam:
• "This is the first surgery where I have healed amazingly, formed proper scabs and not had incisions open up after surgery - so I am really happy! Now comes the hard part, having the patience to allow me to really heal!"
• "My hysterectomy and pelvic reconstruction got postponed two months. This is a good thing, just frustrated that it changes all timing and I had myself psyched up for a certain time and I have to re-calibrate...BUT I am glad they want to keep me safe."
Have you found ways to take back control and practice patience? What do you do to be more open to self-care? Share your insights in the comments below or directly on MyHemophiliaTeam.com.