We have all been there. Drift off to sleep at night with the next day all planned out. But then life happens. We get interrupted, and our plan goes out the window. We are hit with change.
That’s what happened to me last week.
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that my best friend and co-pilot, Lucy (my beloved 12 ½ year old Korean Jindo pup) was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2015. At that time, her vet told me she had 3 to 6 months to live. The fact she is still with me and enjoying a high quality of life now, 15 months later, is nothing short of miraculous.
We have been very fortunate in managing her seizure activity. Crazy fortunate. In fact, Lucy has not had a seizure since October 2015. Until Tuesday morning.
At 4:15 am, I woke up to find her in a full-blown grand mal seizure. I thought, “It’s okay. I’ve got this.” I got down on the floor next to her and began to soothe her while I glanced at the clock. After our last episode, which landed her in the hospital for several days and over a week at home not eating, the vet gave me some additional “emergency” medicine. Lucy’s tendency was to have “cluster” seizures, so this medication was to hopefully prevent that from happening.
I felt I had it all under control. I monitored the clock. Once she came out, I’d give her the “emergency” meds. 2 minutes. 3 minutes. At this point, seizures lasting more than 3 minutes are considered an emergency. Her body temperature could rise quickly causing even more complications.
4 minutes. Still convulsing. 5 minutes. Now, I was scared. It was time to take action. I got dressed, grabbed her medications, and pulled the car out of the garage. When I went back to her, the convulsions were not as intense, but she was still heavily foaming at the mouth. I picked her up and got her into the Jeep.
Panic was overtaking my calm. I tried to remain focused on getting her help and not on my wave of emotions. I put the Jeep into reverse. In the back seat, Lucy appeared to have finally come out of the active seizure. I threw the Jeep into park and jumped into the back seat. Lucy was confused but definitely out of the convulsions. Quickly, I gave her the emergency medications and brought her back into the house.
Now, the waiting game began. This “emergency” medicine was to be given to her every 8 hours until she was 24 hours seizure-free. Lucy managed to settle down and rest at 6 am. In the meantime, I was emailing her vet updates. In between waves of calm and tears, I kept a watchful eye.
At 8 am, she woke up. Stretched, shook off a bit, and looked at me like, “I’m hungry. Where’s my breakfast.” I got up, made a quick trip to the bathroom, and came back to her. I couldn’t believe it! She was having another seizure. Thank goodness it lasted only a minute. But now, the clock was reset. 24 hours til we are in the clear.
Needless to say, this wasn’t what I was planning for on Tuesday. I had client meetings, delivery of a training module of my “Speak More, Sell More Virtual Bootcamp.” I planned on writing my blog article and complete work on new marketing materials. Obviously, some priorities shifted.
The saying, “When life give you lemons, make lemonade,” doesn’t always apply. In this case, I couldn’t imagine trying to make lemonade. All I could do was juggle the lemons.
I managed through the most important tasks of the day while maintaining watch over Lucy. My emotions were all over the place, so some tasks were just not going to get done. And I was very tired.
One of my core philosophies in life and business is that you must disconnect to be successful.
Driving hard all the time won’t get you results. Instead, you will burnout. Take the time to step away from your work on a regular basis. These mini-breaks help to keep you focused and energized no matter what comes your way.
And so, on this crazy Tuesday afternoon, I reminded myself of this. As Lucy lay settled, I decided that I too needed to rest. The tasks on my plate would remain. But I would get to them when the time was right. Right now, I needed to let go and relax.
As entrepreneurs, and particularly those of us who are solopreneurs, we have a tendency to beat ourselves up for not achieving all the tasks on the “To Do” list. After all, we are the business. If we don’t do it, who will?
Yet there are times when it is okay to let it go for now. Did my blog article get done last week? Nope. Did the marketing material development get done? Nope. The essentials were taken care of and the rest was pushed off for a few days.
The key was the fact that I gave myself the permission to go with the flow. When life or business rattles you when you aren’t expecting it, how do you handle the change?
Developing a strategy that allows you to manage through change is essential. Change is inevitable. How you manage change will directly impact your ability to be successful. It’s what I work on for myself, as well as my clients, so that I can be impactful in the midst of chaos.
Lucy is doing much better now. It appears as if the “emergency” meds did the trick. I managed to get through the week supporting her while still running my business. That small break on Tuesday afternoon was essential for me to maintain momentum while giving myself the support I needed.
How can you give yourself permission this week to disconnect for a moment or two? If you’d like to find out more about how I help my clients manage through change, let’s schedule a complimentary Discovery session.