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Conserve Energy to Live Fully with Acute Myeloid Leukemia
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Conserve Energy to Live Fully with Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Posted Aug 12, 2021

Energy Conservation

Save your Mojo

If you have Acute Myeloid Leukemia, you may fatigue easily.  There may be a need to prioritize activities in your day, or as one of my patients says, “Save my mojo”.  In rehabilitation, we discuss ways to increase your energy levels slowly over time and how to conserve energy. We manage fatigue by reorganizing your environment in a more efficient manner to streamline tasks.

At Work

For example, consider your job. Pace yourself with more difficult tasks during your peak energy times, which for many people, is earlier in the day. Organize your work schedule to alternate physical activity with desk work to give yourself pace and rest breaks. At your workspace, place frequently used items closer to you to minimize reaching, bending, and lifting. Consider using an earpiece so you don’t have to hold up the phone for long periods of time.

At Home

These same principles will help you at home. For example, when making dinner. there are levels of ease. The easiest is a service like Meals on Wheels delivered daily, the next level is occasional take-in, a meal delivery service subscription, or pre-packed foods from a grocery or restaurant. If you like cooking simple healthy meals at home, that is a great option that can save money. With a well-organized pantry and refrigerator that has frequently used items on a shelf where you don’t have to bend, reach, or lift. A few simple changes can make a difference such as:

  • Layout your ingredients before starting
  • When you empty your dish rack or dishwasher at night, leave out the dishes you will need to use the next day
  • Place a stool in the corner of your kitchen to sit while you cook
  • Slide heavier items instead of lifting them when possible
  • When you prepare meals, make 3 or 4 times as much. Freeze a portion for another time. If the meal was good, you can have leftovers for another dinner or lunch. Remember, leftover proteins like chicken or fish can be seen again incognito over a salad or in a taco another day soon.
  • Soak your dishes for ease of washing and air dry

Helpful Items

There are common assist devices available like a stool, handle extensions and reachers. Good posture and position will decrease energy expenditure. Lightweight shoes, like running shoes, are supportive and won't weigh you down when walking. There is so much more detail available at St Joseph’s Healthcare- they offer a booklet at this link. University of California San Francisco also has a nice handout that offers additional tips. You can find that here.

Doing less physical work can require a bit more mental work for preparation upfront, but will save you energy in the long run.  After a while, your home will be streamlined for efficiency. Keep in mind some general concepts:

  • Get organized first
  • Plan ahead to optimize tasks
  • Go at a comfortable pace and take rests breaks before you get tired
  • Stagger your tasks throughout the week to avoid exhaustion
The author Beth Travis

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Beth Travis

Beth Travis PT, MS, Cert MDT, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare Beth graduated from Ithaca College with her Bachelor's Degree and Queens College for her Master’s Degree. She loves her work as a Licensed Physical Therapist in a variety of settings as a clinician and management in hospital, industry, rehabilitation facilities as well as being an owner of outpatient physical therapy facilities. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, has a passion for improving patient care, learning, cooking, food adventures, and nutrition.

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