Goal Planning

As part of the rehabilitation plan on this unit, every few weeks each patient has a goal planning meeting. This consists of a discharge planning nurse, liaison nurse, consultant, psychologist, social worker, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, plus me and my family. I think that’s everyone at least. So, in this meeting there are multiple points discussed; progress made so far, main goals and aims, and expectations/ questions.

In my previous goal planning meetings, I have set goals and made plans, and some I have met whilst others have fallen by the wayside. For instance, previously I was aiming to go home around this time (end of November). Whilst that would have been fantastic, the infections and time on bed rest I’ve had meant that I missed therapy, and therefore that was impossible. Obviously that’s not an easy pill to swallow (hospital pun intended) but on the plus side, I do now get extra time in therapy; I want to get as much as I can before I go.

Getting to the point of this post, in my previous goal planning meetings I have always walked away (pun intended) feeling as though the goals are unrealistic and I will never achieve what is expected of me. Now, for some reason, I feel much more confident. I am often told by certain therapists that I am too hard on myself and, whilst this may be true I’m not going to change. It’s my way of pushing myself further.

I have my next planning meeting coming up this week. I’m a little bit nervous if I’m honest; I expect that this will be the decider of whether or not I’m allowed home for Christmas. I’m not going to dwell on it though, as one thing that I have learnt is that I no longer have control, and I’m just along for the ride. Que cera cera, or something like that.

In conjunction with the meeting, I’m setting myself a number of personal goals to meet. I want to be able to transfer into cars soon, I want to regularly publish on here, and I want to start a podcast. I feel that having goals and reviewing them on the regular helps me stay focused. What goals do you have? How do you ensure you meet them? Drop me a line and let me know!