Thursday, October 29, 2009

Emerging from Survival Mode

I've been back in town since Saturday, but I've been in survival mode since then.

When I travel for work, I have to conserve every ounce of energy possible and rest as much as possible. If I don't do these things, I'll have a big crash during or after my trip. Sometimes after a trip I can feel that I'm on the verge of a major crash. That's when I go into survival mode.

I should probably explain what I mean by "survival mode."

I can usually still work when I'm in survival mode, but not always. Survival mode is when I use the minimal amount of physical and mental energy necessary to get through the day. It means going to bed earlier and waking up later. It means I eat a protein bar for breakfast instead of using energy to have cereal and yogurt. It means I avoid going upstairs to the computer (I've got a lot of catching up to do on other people's blogs!). It means no cooking, cleaning, or housework. It means less talking, moving, and thinking.

Today is the first time I've been on my computer at home since before my trip. I'm glad that I've finally started feeling better because I have another trip coming up. I leave Sunday!

Today's Activities: work. Today's Most Annoying Symptoms: exhaustion, muscle fatigue, itchiness inside ears.

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


Renee said...

Hi Alyson
It is good to read how you keep yourself from a major crash by going into such a disciplined survivor mode..Very helpful! Hope you are doing well now.

upnorth said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean by survival mode...I hope you come out of it soon (and without a crash!!). I just traveled too (to see my specialist) so I know what you mean by behind on blogs.

alyson said...

Thanks for checking in, Renee and upnorth!