Tuesday, November 21, 2017

It is actually Exhaustion

Yes, I have been diagnosed with exhaustion.  Seriously.  My blood pressure is up.  I am not sleeping well.  My nutrition is poor, but not because of my eating - my body is literally exhausted.

-D was getting worried about me being so tired, so I went in and yep, an official diagnosis.  I have to rest, eat well, take vitamins, exercise (but not to the point of exhaustion) and get the stress down in my life. 

So, I think for the rest of the year, we are not going to allow visitors. 

I am going to chill out.  Just spend as much time at home as possible, not booking early appointments if we HAVE to book them at all.  I am not going to take in any more work and Christmas is going to be low key.

I have to track my water intake and keep a food journal, but that should not be too hard. 

I was told to get a massage.  I am allowed to forgo blood pressure meds right now.  There was an unusually high reading for me, but it could be dehydration and the fact I am on decongestants.  So, we are waiting a couple of weeks and trying again.

Is anyone really surprised though?  I am not.  I know I have been running thin.  We need to have a family meeting though and really discuss expectations.  -D is going to freak, but we will get through this.

Let me tell you folks.  Clinical exhaustion is awful. It is beyond tired.  I am ready to be myself again.


14 comments:

  1. Take care of yourself!
    Relax and breathe.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    Monica:)

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! That is exactly what I am working on! Thank you!

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  2. Definitely take time to take care of yourself. With lupus, I definitely have phases where just a normal day exhausts me. It's my signal to take it easy & rest, so I can get back to normal.

    Simplify everything you can, and remember all of the challenging stuff will still be there awaiting your energy in a few weeks/months.

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    1. I agree and that is exactly what I am working on today. Many of the things -D will start chipping away at. Thank you - and take care of yourself too!

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  3. Take care of yourself and get the rest you need. I would also suggest buying a blood pressure monitor if you don't already have one to help you keep tabs on your numbers.

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    1. That is one of the things on my list - blood pressure monitor. Do you know of a good one?

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    2. I have used an Omron wrist BP cuff for many years, not only for myself, but also with former patients Clinically speaking, they are very accurate. They've come way down in price, which is also a huge plus!

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    1. Thank you - I am doing just that now.

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  5. Oh no! Please take care of yourself - you need and deserve to have your health and wellbeing at its best more than anybody! Hugs! xx

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    1. PS: Pls send me your mailing address? You can leave it on my page (I see comments before I approve them, so it will be deleted once I have it). I'd love to send you a Christmas card! xx

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    2. I am starting to do that immediately! I will absolutely give you my address! You are too sweet!

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  6. Wow, take care! Your family needs to pull up the slack now, you can count on them-they need to know how serious this is

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    1. Yep, -D and I are going to talk today, then have a discussion with the kids. Everything fell to me for too long and now the others will need to start pulling their weight.

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Namaste