The picture – what greeted us as we walked through the front door – and that sparkly stuff on the ground? It’s all my crystal in tiny sharp shards…The wooden thing you can see is the bottom of our sideboard, and to the far right, the doorway.
It’s not often I post with a specific focus on ‘occupation’ as the occupational therapy profession defines it. This is not, I hasten to add, because I don’t think it’s important, it’s more a case of my posts being about the processes that underlie effective engagement in ‘occupation’ for people with chronic pain.
But today, in the aftermath of the horrific earthquake in Christchurch one week ago, I’m taking time to reflect on some aspects of the earthquake that people have commented on, but possibly won’t reach the attention of the media, or even health care commentators generally. I wasn’t in Christchurch for the actual quake, we arrived home on Thursday, the second day after it, but even I have found this experience unsettling and perhaps even ‘traumatic’, to use an over-used term.
These are the things that have struck me:
Our normal routines are anchored in the rhythms of sunrise, sunset, temperature, wind, sunshine (or not). They’re also tied to hunger, thirst, need for sleep and need to socialise. In my return to home, I still have these routines to sustain me.
What has gone are many of the other routines that are present but taken for granted. Things like the sound of vehicles in the morning, the thud of the newspaper as it is delivered outside, the beep of the alarm clock as it goes off in the morning. Without power and roads that are broken and cracked, these cues are no longer present. I wake in the quiet of a morning without vehicles. It’s like a Sunday morning or a public holiday.To read more here's the link http://healthskills.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/an-occupational-view-of-the-christchurch-earthquake/
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