Resilience and Disability

IX. Apply what you have learned: 20 Questions.

In the exercise that follows, you will have an opportunity to apply the skills and the attitudes of resilience and the information that you have been provided regarding preparing yourself and your family to deal with a crisis.

Choose ten questions from the 20 provided below. Take an opportunity to think about what you would really do in the situation described. Not what you should do or what other people think you should do.

Apply the skills and the attitudes of resilience. Record your answers.

Seeing things in black and white is different from simply thinking about them or even talking about them. No one will see what you have written unless you wish to share it with them.

Letting a friend or a family member read and discuss with you what you have written may be helpful. You decide.

20 Health Questions

  1. You have an appointment with a new primary care physician. How would you prepare for the appointment and conduct the appointment?
  2. You have been scheduled for a medical procedure that you have had before and find painful and extremely stressful. How would you prepare for this appointment? What skills and attitudes would you utilize before, during and after the procedure?
  3. You are a caregiver to your spouse who is an extremely brittle diabetic. What skills and attitudes of resilience do you utilize in being able to care for your partner and yourself?
  4. You are scheduled for elective surgery. The procedure is considered by your physician to be a minor one. How do you prepare for this surgery? What skills and attitudes do you utilize before, during and after the surgery?
  5. You are being taken to the hospital emergency room after nearly passing out at work. You are dizzy and nauseated. What skills and attitudes of resilience do you utilize en route to the ER and after arriving there and being examined by an ER physician?
  6. You have survived a bout with cancer and have been cancer free for the last 2 years. On a routine follow-up examination, your physician, after conducting a number of tests, suggests a biopsy of a suspicious mass. What are the skills and the attitudes of resilience that you will utilize in dealing with this situation?
  7. You are scheduled for what is considered to be major surgery. The procedure that you are having may last at least 2 hours. The physician tells you that your chances of survival are good. What are the skills and the attitudes of resilience that you will make use of in approaching this situation and in recovering from the surgery?
  8. You know you should lose weight. How would you apply the skills and the attitudes of resilience to weight loss?
  9. You hate exercise but know that you do not get enough and that this will have a negative effect on your health. How do you apply the skills and the attitudes of resilience to get into a regular routine of exercise that is realistic and specific?
  10. You seem to be losing your temper a lot lately. How would you apply the attitudes and skills of resilience to managing your temper?
  11. You have difficulty sleeping quite often during the week. You are hesitant to take sleeping medications. How would you apply the skills and the attitudes of resilience in dealing with your problems with sleep?
  12. You find it hard to relax. Your spouse/partner tells you you feel on edge frequently. How could you apply the skills and the attitudes of resilience in dealing with this issue?
  13. You have a tendency to deal with problems by burying yourself in your work. You often avoid things that you know you should deal with by doing this. How would you apply the skills and the attitudes of resilience to changing this old habit?
  14. A hurricane is approaching the community you have lived in most of your life. Your home may be severely damaged or destroyed. What would you do in the time, one to two days, before the storm strikes? Describe the skills that you would use in preparing for the storm’s arrival.
  15. You live in a wooded area. The threat of fire is high. Rain is not predicted. Fire crews are battling a fire a mile from your home. You have not been advised to evacuate your home yet. What would you do?
  16. Work is not going well. You’ve just ended a relationship you had been involved in for the last year. You’re feeling pretty depressed. How would you deal with this?
  17. You receive a call from the assistant principal at your child’s school informing you that your child has been suspended and the police contacted after a prescription bottle for oxycodone with your name on it has been found in your child’s possession. What would you do?
  18. You find yourself becoming increasingly dependent on the pain medication that you were prescribed after breaking your ankle. The pain is better, and your physician has indicated that he will not renew the prescription for the medication. You consider possibly buying the medication on the street. What would you do?
  19. After losing a job you like, you have had to take a job that you have learned to hate. You have no choice in terms of whether you work or you don’t. How would you deal with this situation utilizing the skills and the attitudes of resilience?
  20. Your elderly father recently had a car accident. You have known for some time that he shouldn’t be driving and have told him this. The accident was minor, but this was his third in the last 2 years. How would you utilize the skills and the attitudes of resilience in dealing with this situation?

 

 

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