I knew the fatigue was getting bad when I’d be tired after 12 hours of sleep, then take a 3 hour nap that next day. Now matter how you look at it, that’s not good.
Now that I’m feeling a bit better (thank you sleeping pills!) I haven’t been as tired and I haven’t taken any naps, intentional or otherwise. Progress! Yay! Still, I know that I don’t have the energy of a “healthy” person, so maybe some of the progress is in my head?
Two weeks ago a friend had a timing conflict and needed someone to watch her kid. I was so tired every day, but she was in a jamb, and she’s a good friend, plus I wanted to try and push myself a bit, I rested all day, then went over in the evening. After a bit over an hour, I’d had it. We’d been sitting most of the time, but I needed to be alert and engaging. It was exhausting. Thankfully, my friend’s husband came home a bit after that, and while I still played a bit with the kid, I could let my guard down and relax. Still, by the time I went home I was beat.
Today I went over to take care of the same kid. I went in the morning. I got up with my alarm, and felt a bit tired at the time, but then felt much better as I got ready to start the day. I had a ton of fun with the kid and wasn’t tired, even after more than two hours together. I hung out for a while with my friend, then came home and listened to an audio book for a while (loving those audio books!) before I took a 35 minute (yay!) walk, stopping at the library on the way (I’m visiting the library a lot these days.) I felt great after all of that!
So two weeks ago, an hour with a two year old wore me out completely. Today, two hours with a two year old left me feeling as good as when I started. The lesson? The doctors shouldn’t measure our progress on those annoying 1-10 scales. They should just put us in a room with a two year old and see how long we last. After all, anyone who can keep up with a toddler must have at least something going right!
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