During my freshmen and sophomore years of high school I was hospitalized a lot, due to heart rejections. Sometimes I’d be able to go to the school in the hospital and get work done, so I would be at least somewhat caught up with work. But actually going back to school and getting back into my old schedule was very tiring and seemed difficult or even impossible! That’s right: You know how it is. But you can do it! Here’s a list of some of the things that I’ve done to get back to my old schedule. Hope these help!

1. Resting
The most important thing for you to do right now is rest. You may want to jump right back into your classes and social life, but you shouldn’t push yourself past your limits. You just got out of the hospital and I don’t think you’d enjoy going right back so soon. Take it from me it is not fun. Save socializing for the weekend and rest up and enjoy some stress-free activities.

2. What are friends for?
If you’re a teen like me you probably have a ton of social media accounts and you have a group chats with all of your friends in them on at least two of them. Ask your friends for notes in them. You can even do group video calls on some apps and you could all do a group study session without having to even leave your house. You could also send photos of your notes to each other.

3. Talk to your teachers
It’s important to inform your teachers if they aren’t already aware of your recent hospital visit and if you aren’t feeling well so they know what to do in the case of an emergency. If you missed a lot of work while inpatient you can ask for a pack of homework that you missed usually, teachers will be understanding and give you more credit for the pack than it’s worth.

4. Most important meal of the day
Breakfast is an very important part of your day. A healthy breakfast is the best way to start any morning especially if it’s s going to be a long day! If you eat a healthy breakfast you’ll have all the energy you need throughout your day to not only stay awake and be productive but, to also have enough brain power to work! All the nutrition you’ll recipe from a healthy breakfast will also help fight against germs and colds.

5. Exercise
When you’re in the hospital you’re usually stuck in the bed and you can’t walk around a lot and you end up with what I call noodle legs. Exercising at your own pace a few days a week will have your agility and stamina coming back in no time plus you get the bonus perks of exercising.

CJSheppard
My name is Charis "Cj" Sheppard and I'm a 17 year old heart transplant patient. I'm a friendly guy that loves animals, going on adventures and making music!