The question seemed simple to her: “How is your energy compared to how it was around the time of your last visit?”
Well first, you’re asking someone with memory problems to remember how she felt a month ago. Then you’re asking her a very subjective question. Try again.
“How is your energy on a scale of 0 to 10?”
That seems better, but it feels even more subjective. I did a lot this weekend. I did more than I had in a long time. And at the end of the weekend I was completely worn out. I was too exhausted to cook dinner last night. I had to sit and rest for close to an hour before I could even get out of my chair to heat up food from the freezer. Still, I was excited at how much I did.
Well, I was excited until I realized how much more everyone else did. Take the brunch. I was a bit late, but still one of the first to arrive. I didn’t have the energy to cook, so I brought chips and salsa. It was such a lovely day and we were near a great park, so afterwards I went for a walk with a friend who was at the brunch, K. It was a short walk, but it was great to get outside. That was all I could manage, though. I went home and collapsed. K, on the other hand, had been out before the brunch. She had gone downtown and visited the memorial at the site of the bombings. She lived farther away and it took her longer to get there. Then, after the brunch and our walk, she met up with a friend for dinner. Huh, I guess people can do that. The host had to get the apartment set up. She prepared everything. She cooked. She entertained. Then after all of that she walked out with us and headed to a meeting for a volunteer group she’s in. Huh, I guess people can do that too.
So how can I possibly measure how I feel? I did so much, yet it was so much less than everyone else seems to do. Still, I tried to be as objective as possible and rated my energy at a 5. Then my doc read back my last visit’s report, from just one month ago: I’d rated it 6 out of 10. I’m sure I don’t feel worse than I did then. I’m certain it’s just my perspective. So now the question is, was I too high last time or too low this time? Or am I really getting worse after all?
I just don’t know. I don’t know. I wish I knew but I don’t. I think I’m getting better but it’s so hard to tell. And there are just so many problems holding me back. I need to find a new doctor to work on my thyroid. I need to get this insurance issue settled so my stress will be reduced. I need to keep adjusting my diet. All of these things are holding back my progress. I just wish I knew if they were holding it back entirely or if I really am moving forward.
I really hope I’m moving forward.