I finally figured out how to explain chronic fatigue syndrome to some of my guy friends (no, the energy budget didn't work that well--only sort of).
CFS/ME is like having a short in the electrical system, misfiring spark plugs, and an alternator that doesn't work quite right.
For the most part, the only "recharge" I get is from eating a bit (protein and dairy--fruits/veg, grains, and legumes don't help a lot) and from sleeping. I don't recharge from sitting down and resting. And I don't recharge fully. Ever.
The AdrenaMaxx helped a bit. I'd recharge a little when I'd sit down and rest. It took an hour and a half to build back up what I spent in fifteen minutes of housework, but I'd build back up eventually.
The new adrenal support suppliment--Flex Naturals Adrenal Support--also helps (and doesn't contain ingredients that interact with my other medications). I got it in the mail after I got home from picking up the kids on Tuesday. After I'd massively overdone it by going to Sam's Club after I'd finished teaching my second 75 minute class for the day. By the time I got it, I was already feeling the physical effects of doing too much (you know how you overwork, and then all your muscle fibers keep twitching after you stop? Yeah, I was at that point) and it was too late in the day to start taking it.
I took a dose yesterday with breakfast (right around 7:00). I was still paying for the day before with massive whole-body aches, increased exhaustion, and brain fog making the world seem dull and out of focus. I took the kids to school, and then went home and collapsed in my recliner, picked up the laptop, and started in on surfing through blog sites, news sites, and Facebook.
Around 8:30, the world snapped back in focus. The brain fog cleared a bit, then a bit more. And I started recharging. By 2:00, I was able to go get a few things exhaustion had made me forget the day before at Sam's Club. And I was able to make breakfasts for the imp for the next two weeks (egg muffins), and pre-position things for making supper tonight.
No, I'm not at 100%. I'm not quite even up to 50%. But that's better than where I was last week, and I'm recharging at rest instead of only eating and sleeping.
And more than that, I have hope that eventually, I'll get back to normal with enough rest, support, nutrition, herbal supplementation, and time.
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