As discussed in the introduction, the Healing Journey Project is an exploration into the effectiveness of the Recovery Triad. The Healing Journey is not a simple weightloss or fitness plan, it is a means by which I am experiencing an enriched quality of life, independence from the symptoms of my injury and potentially freedom from future injury or illness. As such, in an effort to categorically demonstrate these improvements I have created this table. Once I have enough data points I intend to demonstrate these qualitative issues in some easily decipherable method such as a pie chart or bar graph or the like.
I spent quite a bit of time evaluating what type of scale to use for this study. On the one hand I considered using the medically "accepted" scales such as a 1 - 10 pain scale. The problem with that is, even that scale is entirely subjective and different for everyone. Plus, how was I going to come up with some other metric for the other categories that would demonstrate the manner in which each of these issues may be interacting with each other. For instance, I have feeling that the quality of my sleep likely impacts the following day's mental clarity and energy level, that simply seems logical. But it is also logical that my sleep my have been affected by an increased pain level in association with a downtroaden mood. So from a personal perspective, identifying trends may help me to avoid patterns which are detrimental to my recovery or overall quality of life.
Thus, being as the rationale for the study had taken on a more personal motive vice something that could be generally accepted by the medical community, the deliberation over using "accepted" scales ended. Of course since I wanted the scales to be comparable to identify those trends the fear of having a base 10 pain scale vetted against a 100 point mood index was also no longer a factor as all elements to be evaluated could be put on the same even if not subjective ground. The next question really came down to how much resolution I was going to desire for the study to present me with an accurate and decipherable picture. I had debated using a 1-3 scale for example a 1 for pain would indicate low pain but for mood a 1 would indicate a poor mood. That really didn't provide a clear enough picture however because there is a big difference between no pain and pain being at 33% of the worst pain imaginable. So a 1 could really be no pain at all or it could be pretty bad. The only plus side to a 1-3 scale was that I would have enough data to build some graphs and pie charts pretty quickly. The draw back to that is that while within about a week to two weeks I could have enough data to build a sweet bar graph, it wouldnt be an accurate representation, even over extended periods of time. So I evaluated placing everything on a base 10 scale, lots of resolution there. That kind of picture, over time, would be Blu-Ray quality... A long time. There is one thing worse though than having to wait such a long time to tabulate all of the date into a graphic: That clear of resolution may trigger knee jerk reactions. This project is obviously a long term project. The improvements and the successes of the Healing Journey Project are not going to occur over night. Therefore a point of concern for me is the possibility of simply having an off week and making sweeping changes to something that probably didn't need a change. Lao Tzu said in the Tao Te Ching "Nothing in nature is rushed" so in my estimation nothing in this project should be hurried either. Therefore I finally settled on a 1-5 scale. Plenty of resolution to provide a clear picture, not so fini
For Pain and Quality of Sleep, there are actually six possible answers. A "0" would indicate no pain at all or no sleep at all. Other than that all evaluations are based on a 1 - 5 scale.
Pain is the only Category where a lower score is good. A "1" would indicate very low pain, a "2" would indicate low pain, a "3" is average, a "4" is severe and a "5" is excruciatingly bad I'm basically willing to try anything to alleviate it. There is the possibility of a "0" for this scale because there is the possiblity of no pain at all.
For all other categories, the higher the score, the better I am feeling in that regard. A "1" is very poor, a "2" is below average, a "3" is average or normal and is based on what normal would have been prior to injury, a "4" is above average, and a "5" is very good.
Finally the "Day Overall" category will be evaluated the same as all categories except for "Pain" but it is included because there is the distinct possibility of having been in severe pain, with very poor sleep, and a degraded energy level and still to have had a good day.
|Date||Pain||Mental Clarity||Energy Level||Mood||Quality of Sleep||Day Overall|