Mary was pushing my buttons again the other day. She was ragging on me for not taking proper care of myself, not doing as I was told by my doctors and physical therapist. She scolded me for not pacing myself properly during the day so that by evening I am less a vegetable and more of a responsive human. I admit to some mild transgressions in that regard, but to call me totally irresponsible is going too far. I pace myself during my daily activities. It's just that my pace is not what they recommend. I don't like to stop what I'm doing to sit down and rest or take a nap because that disrupts the continuity and flow of the work I'm engaged in. If being in my workshop working on the latest sculpture or piece of furniture means being on my feet all day, then the backache and trembling that follows in the evening is worth it to me. That's my pace.
As a cornerstone of her argument about my disregard for the advice of my doctor, she trotted out the number of times I have interacted with the EMT's and the number of times I have been a passenger in an ambulance. She claims to have the paramedics on speed dial because she fully expects me to do something stupid--again--that would require their participation in saving my ass. Now I admit to having been attended to by the paramedics on several--ok, six--occasions, but insist that those occasions weren't all my fault. Of those six, only four required a ride in the ambulance. So is that so bad? And the fact that I have been ministered to a few times doesn't mean it's going to happen again just because I thumbed my nose at my doctor's advice.
Besides, only two of those amulance incidents were even remotely life threatening. The others were minor incidents of mild emergency. I would have survived nicely wihtout the intervention of the EMT's at those times. So it doesn't seem fair for her to threaten me with a call to the paramedics everytime I wince or groan because my back is sore or my tremors are more noticable than usual because I "overdid it" again. She's overreacting isn't she?