Saturday, July 18, 2009

End of the Week Energy Crash

I started crashing on Wednesday.

I made it to work every day this week, but it got harder and harder as the week progressed. Making it through the day became an Olympic sport by Friday. My brain fog has been awful. On Thursday on my drive home from work, I missed a couple of turns which made my drive longer than usual.

I was having trouble with my insomnia at the beginning of the week, but by Wednesday night I was falling asleep quite quickly because I was so exhausted. Last night I passed out around 8:30PM and didn't wake up today until close to noon (that's almost 16 hours of sleep). My husband had to help me sit up in bed to eat a little breakfast this morning before I had enough energy to take a shower. I've been half asleep on the couch since then.

I'm not sure if the crash is a delayed reaction from my trip to Utah, a reaction to the new treatment protocol I started this week, or because I had a busier work week than usual.

Who am I kidding? It's probably all of the above and more.

Now that I've started my new treatment plan, I've decided to start tracking my symptoms by listing them on every blog entry. Doing this is mentally easier for me than trying to start a symptom diary...even though I realize it's pretty much the same thing.

So here it goes.

Today's Symptoms: exhaustion, muscle fatigue, brain fog; rash on back and abdomen still present but healing; active eczema spots near both underarms and right ankle; mild headache; mild diarrhea.


upnorth said...

Wow, I'm having a crash right now too!...getting through the week can be tough (as I'm learning) even on a revised schedule. Sounds like your crash is worse.

Hope you feel stronger soon.

Laurel said...

So sorry to hear of your crash. :( Hope you can rest and recoup some this weekend. Hang in there!

Jozephine said...

So sorry to hear you are suffering.

I had the same difficulty in keeping a diary. Can I recommend you keep a daily score out of ten for things like energy, pain, mood in different columns and then in another column very briefly list your activities. E.g work or home or outing. After a time you can actually graph your ups and downs and see when they occur.

You are doing way too much. If you don't get a handle on this you could end up a lot worse. I know you won't listen to me because I didn't listen either! If you are at the stage where you are missing turns on a familiar drive it's getting dangerous.

Sorry to be so blunt, but I lost my job and nearly my mind through this illness and I'd hate to see the same happen to you.

Sending healing thoughts from across the sea. . .

alyson said...

Thanks for all the positive thoughts (and the reality check)! Sometimes it's really easy to overlook my own "red flags." I was bedridden from this disease for two years (ages 24-26), and I'm not exactly in a hurry to get back to that point. I will make a greater effort to conserve my energy this week.