by Student #1
Sand Tray Therapy Nature Tray 1
Sandtray 5 day Extended Sand Tray Therapy Tray about Nature
June 18 14
Tomorrow I will have a scary procedure at Emory hospital. I knew it was coming and in some ways I have anxiously be waiting for it. While it is painful it is also risky. I suffer from osteoporosis and my bone structure is marginal in my neck. Sometimes the bones sit on certain nerves and become constantly painful. I try not to get this procedure often because it is like a two edge sword. It generally helps ease some of the pain but the medication also escalates the possibility of diabetes (which I am close to having) and decreases bone density (which is another poor option for me).
I put the girl in the bed because I am having trouble going to sleep. The clock is a reminder of how I am frustrated about my situation. I try hard to stay in shape and healthy but there seem to many obstacles standing in the way of my goals. I am very strong willed and try to continue forward in a positive manner. I like to know that I am control of my body and mind over matter can prevail. I know that this does not work for all medical conditions. I put my favorite pets beside me to easy my thoughts and help relax me. There is a cross lying in a down position. This is not symbolizing that I have lost my faith but that a divine miracle probably is not going to help my medical issue.
The next corner there is also a path front of me representing my recovery and hope. It is my peaceful part of the tray. At the beginning is a solider with a flag representing freedom. Reaching the pinnacle of the tray is on the rock entitled “Zen”. I wish that I was blessed with a better functioning body but I have accepted my limitations. By no means does that equate to being happy about it. I am often embarrassed in front of my son. He wants someone to run, bike, ski, and play ball with. I try but it is difficult.
In the other corner are my son and husband. I feel some distance with them and they are not also my source of support. My husband has never had surgery and in fact illness really irritates him. He tries to work late and be emotional unavailable. He is a Type A and hates to be inconvenienced. This hurts my feelings and makes me sad.
To my left is the hospital experience. There is a bridge with me on it. There are soldiers in back of it for safe crossing. I put the soldiers that are blowing horns. This is kind of what it feels like there. I often feel ambivalent about doing this procedure. It has positives and negatives. I try to be wise and discern the most viable solution by myself. I do not really like making the decision. If things go wrong, I could suffer paralysis, or spinal fluid drop, or even permanent nerve pain. If I do not choose the procedure I will live everyday with off and on pain shooting through different parts of my neck and arm. I air on the cautious side generally but I understand sometimes it is necessary to take a risk to get better.
The last corner I put a horse behind a fence. I love riding and still do. I am hoping to be able to ride safely and pain free after the procedure.
I did it. I made it through the procedure. In my tray there is more happiness and positive emotions. I have a friend from school that took me and stayed with me. She really made the emotional support piece bearable. I took down the hospital corner. I left the path because there is a fair amount of healing time and no quick fix. I left the horse behind the fence too. It will be 4 to 8 weeks to try to ride again. I left my husband in the corner. He never asked about the procedure. That was disappointing. I moved my son closer in. He was very patient not having school and staying by my side while I rested. I added my friend who took me near the bed.
I do not feel much better. I left the miniature in bed. I know I need to rest more. I left me friend and son close to me. Also the pets sense a change and rarely leave my side.
I moved the bridge since I am closer to my goal. I added a beach scene. I think by in a week I can go to Lake Lanier. That is one of my special places to relax and pass time. I am excited to possible lead a more physical and healthy life.
I took out the bed. I am thinking about the lake trip with my son and friend. It feels great to enjoy some things again. The horse riding is now only a possible 3 weeks away. I moved that closer to my circle. I removed my husband from the tray. I do not want to focus on any negative feelings at this time. I am happy with my tray for sand tray therapy class.
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