- make lifestyle adjustments to include less activity, especially not a lot of walking or getting up and down from the ground or low seating, and take days off from work as needed, invest in a good substitute strategy
- moderate all physical activity, i.e. don't be sedentary, but don't be a hero either, both too little and too much activity are harmful
- let students, administrators, and any other associates know that you have limitations, that you need their help sometimes, and that you will make it up to them in other ways (and they will actually love helping you . . . I like to bring sandwiches and snacks for colleagues to show my appreciation and they are thrilled because food is so scarce in the school environment)
- use tools to make physical activity easier which includes taking the elevator when everyone else is taking the stairs, using a cane or walking sticks so that your knees and feet don't have to bear your full weight, and for events and destinations that require a lot of walking (Disney, conferences) renting a scooter or wheelchair (you have to get over any embarrassment or the idea that people will perceive you as weak), or just plan to attend the few presentations each day that are most meaningful for you, take breaks and don't try to be a hero
- use chairs and stools when teaching, avoiding standing for long periods of time, provide your administration with documentation of your condition along with the adjustments you'll be making in your work
- combine medications (with doctor approval) such as using Tylenol/Advil along with your regular medication, especially on days when you need the additional pain management
Overall, I think you have to mentally remove yourself from the teaching/band culture that says you must constantly be working demonstrably hard or you're not valuable. It has never been true as we see busybodies everywhere who show up early, move around a lot, and work late, but never produce much.
I'm not a huge fan of Governor Abbott, but he is governor of a huge state, manages his condition, is respected, and provides a good role model for how to achieve goals and lead others despite limitations.
Nothing is more valuable than having good mental health, a great attitude, good organization, combined with thoughtful actions.
Physical abilities are good too, but overrated.