Thursday, May 16, 2013

Patients for a Moment (PFAM) May Blog Carnival Post (How do you Recharge)

Good question! I stared blankly at my screen for hours trying to come up with an answer. The first thing that popped into my head  was sleep, but I'm not "recharged" when I wake up. A typical night for me especially these past few months, is to toss and turn until 4 am. If I'm lucky I might fall asleep, be awakened by a nightmare, fall asleep again, wake up every hour after that. Eventually I give up and after fighting the stiffness in my joints I get out of bed. The rest of the day I have a massive headache, (sometimes Migraine) aching, stabbing, annoying all over pain due to Autoimmune Arthritis/Disease. 

Let's talk about other options like vacations, by the time I pack to go on vacation,  make the trip, take in any sites, travel home and unpack I'm exhausted. I love going on vacation don't get me wrong I'm just not recharged. Naps? I can't nap, I can't sleep at all. Meditation, I don't have the patience or ability to concentrate for that amount of time. I'm too stressed and anxious right now for any of that. Going to a spa? I can't handle being touched with the amount of pain I'm in, again just going is exhausting. I'm supposed to go get my hair cut next week that is normally relaxing for most people for me not so much. My head hurts the whole time, just thinking about it makes me want to cancel. Wow this is a negative sounding post. Let me try again.

I do enjoy going on day trips, driving around discovering places you haven't seen. Spending the day at a park, going camping is very relaxing for me, yes exhausting but also relaxing. Sitting around a campfire enjoying peace and quiet for me there is nothing better. 

The number one thing that "recharges" me and exhausts me at the same time is being with my grandchildren, they have so much life and energy it's contagious. How can you not feel great and have fun with them? Sorry this post is all over the place, like I said with recent events my mind is a bit more "foggy" than normal.

I'm not sure anything can "recharge" me at the moment, I look forward to reading the other entries to get some ideas. I would love some ideas from all of you reading this as well, I'm at a loss almost.

1 comment:

  1. Lorna, I know how you feel. I was up to 4:45 and then went to sleep. Got back up at 6:30 and helped my daughter get ready for school. Back home at 8 a.m. Set in my mind I was going to sleep one hour and get up and do some work and writing. I woke up at 11:30 a.m. I feel so guilty that I hurt so much and can't focus and get things done.

    I guess the only recharging I do is sleep and then I feel better but guilty. I wish I had a magic answer, but arthritis drains you. I have to find joy where I can and remember my blessings. When I do this, I get the biggest recharge. My daughter, my husband and even my little pets and birds. Focus on the joy of loving.


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