Advertisement

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Chronic Illness: What Do You Do with the Fatigue?

Maureen Pratt Author PicPremission to sleep!

Chronic illness, whether lupus, fibromyalgia, MS, or another culprit, can bring on fatigue. Not just the “normal” kind brought on by a busy night or day, or strenuous exercise. No, our fatigue is usually called “unrestorative,” that is, no matter how much we sleep, we awaken tired. Sometimes, we’re even too tired to sleep!

There are, of course, good days and bad days. When a disease is flaring, fatigue can be horrible, when it is not, the feeling of being tired might be more manageable. But, many of us life our lives, more or less, in a constant state of fatigue.

Advertisement

So, what do we do?

We need to talk with our doctors about our fatigue, of course, to see if there are other, underlying reasons for it (thyroid, depression, etc.) But if the fatigue is due to a flare or “just lupus,” for example, well, one of my very wise doctors once told me once that the fatigue was my body’s way of saying, “I need rest.” It was and is all part of having lupus, and this, she reminded me, “Gives you permission to nap. Permission to sleep.”

Oh, my! What a difference that made in my perception that, by sleeping or napping or resting, I was not “giving in” to sloth, I was not weak, and I was not lazy. I have an illness, the illness brings on fatigue, I need to address the fatigue!

Advertisement

Permission to sleep!

If you read my blog frequently, you know one of my imperatives is that we can help ourselves by being kind to ourselves. Just think about how anything or anyone in your life responds to kindness and care – the garden you tend, the pet you pamper, the loved one you do little things for. Well, it’s the same with ourselves. We can blossom best when we are kind to ourselves. Even to acknowledging and addressing how fatigued we feel.

So, what do I do with the fatigue? I understand it. I recognize it (and the level of it). And I try to allow myself the permission to rest, to allow my body to relax. Ah! What a difference that has made!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

 

Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.



Previous Posts

Memorial Day: As We Remember
The important thing about remembering past wars is that we use their lessons to think of ways to avoid future wars - and to act on those peace-making ways. This Memorial Day, beyond the barbecues and parties, the shopping and the relaxing, ...

posted 4:47:49pm May. 24, 2015 | read full post »

A Praying Spirit: Too Easy?
Is your prayer time over before you know it? Gone through the list and all finished? Sometimes, we get into a routine ...

posted 5:02:35pm May. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Pain: When It Seems As If You're Playing A Losing Game
Lately, my pain experience has been much like playing that arcade game where you hold a hammer and wait for a thing - sometimes an artificial mole, sometimes something else - to pop up from one of the many holes on the game playing board. When ...

posted 2:00:48am May. 21, 2015 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: Accept No Substitutes!
"I'll go to the gym instead of taking a nap - I'll feel more energy afterward." "I'll get this report done before I call a friend; I'll have time later." "I take this easier class instead of the hard one; I'll get less credit, but I won't ...

posted 10:00:42pm May. 19, 2015 | read full post »

A Praying Spirit: One Word at a Time
When I was a youngster, I used to be really mad that people in church seemed to rush through the prayers. "They're going too fast," I used to tell my mother. "They should slow down." As I developed my own prayer life, I realized that there ...

posted 1:31:56am May. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.