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Functional Capacity = Extreme Exhaustion!

Posted Apr 01 2010 9:17am

Ugh, so this week has been pretty long so far.  And hard.  And tiring.  And now I am completely exhausted!  Wish I could say it was because I’ve been training hard and running far, but alas, it’s not.

We’re slowly nearing the court date for settling everything from the accident I was in 5 years ago.  And with that, comes all sorts of testing, assessments, evaluations etc.  It’s “exciting” to be nearing the end of all of this stuff, but really tough at the same time because you have to re-live it all again for each new doctor and evaluator you see.

This week I had to do a Functional Capacity Evaluation.  Basically, this is an 8-hr tests where they observe you doing your normal work or house-related functions to assess how well you can do them given your injury.  They’re important because they are used to determine “how much” your day-to-day live has been impacted.  Because of that, they’re pretty stressful and I really wasn’t looking forward to doing them. 

Now I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about how accurate the tests would be since much of my difficulty at work comes from extreme fatigue because most of the muscles in my back are riddled with scar tissue and don’t function like normal muscles and tire very quickly.  I didn’t know if a single 8-hr observation would really illustrate why I find it nearly impossible to get through the week at work.  However, the evaluator was really good and had designed a day full of everything from work activities to household activities that pretty accurately captured what I can and cannot do.

Yes, I chase Marcus around all day as he rolls around the house, but this 8-hr day of testing was soooo hard!  That guy knew exactly what to get me to do to observe that breaking point between doing something and not being able to do it.  By lunch I was really tired and sore, by 5:00 I could hardly keep my eyes open and the tears out of my eyes from the pain.  Ouch, it sucked.

But thankfully, it’s done with now.  I was originally supposed to do this back in August, but I guess ICBC didn’t realize I was 8.5 mos pregnant at the time.  It ended up getting postponed until now.  Anyhow, I’m thankful it’s behind me, a bit saddened by the results – I’m always aware of how different my “abilities” are, but it’s tough seeing it brought to light so obviously like that.  And don’t get me wrong, I’m not at all trying to say that I “can’t” do a bunch of things, but there’s a big difference between “can” and “being able to do things within a reasonable amount of time, to a reasonable level of quality and without causing yourself a significant amount of pain”. 

It’s all just very different now.  Oh well.  Thankfully it’s Thursday and we have the long Easter weekend now and very few plans on the schedule.  I am very much looking forward to a quiet weekend with the family.  :o)

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