Sunday, September 20, 2009

Back from the Midwestern US

I'm back from my whirlwind business trip to the Midwestern United States. In just one week, I visited Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio.

I saw so many corn fields on my trip that I decided I needed to get my picture in front of one. That's me in the photo. A friend of mine that I was able to visit in Nebraska took the picture.

Needless to say, the trip was exhausting. Thank goodness I was able to find plenty of time for daily naps.

My body is in recovery mode, so I spent most of today sleeping.

I have to admit it is pretty odd that someone with CFIDS would have a job like mine that requires travel. Travel is one of the most exhausting things a person with this disease can do. I estimate that I end up traveling for work maybe four or five weeks per year (all spread out).

What makes this kind of travel bearable for me is that I am able to sleep well on planes (and any moving vehicles, really). I often sleep from the moment I sit in my seat (before takeoff) until the plane lands. My trip schedules also allow me to take regular afternoon naps or go to bed early.

Of course, these trips do take their toll on me. Still, I enjoy them because I love to travel.

Today's Activities: home. Today's Most Annoying Symptoms: exhaustion, drowsiness, muscle fatigue.

Mood (10 is best): 6
Energy (10 is best): 3
Physical Discomfort (10 is worst): 2

P.S. Happy (belated) Birthday to my Dad!


Renee said...

Glad you are back and able to have been in my little corner of the world I see!

Sue Jackson said...

It's wonderful that you're still able to travel and enjoy it! I used to travel a lot for work, and it was exhausting before CFS!! But my days on the road were very long ones on my feet - teaching or consulting. i could never do that now. It's great that you're able to nap when you travel. That makes all the difference for me.

Rest, rest, rest and take good care of yourself!


alyson said...

Thanks for the comments, Renee and Sue. I have been trying to rest as much as possible since my return, but my insomnia does not seem to be cooperating!