Archive for January, 2008


Top Ten Ways to Tell You Have Chronic Fatigue

January 29, 2008

Having chronic fatigue syndrome is a tough go, sometimes it just helps to make light of the situation.  This little list will ring hauntingly true for many of us though.   

10.  You wake up, walk into the livingroom and immediately pour your body into the couch, feeling like you’ve already accomplished a great achievement for the day. 

9.  Somehow you’ve managed to brush your teeth and you’re brilliantly proud of yourself, but now you’re spent. 

8.  All your friends and neighbors simply refer to you as “The Hermit”.

7.   Your tummy is hounding you and you’d like to have something to eat, but the kitchen is wayyyyy over there.  Maybe later.

6.  You pretend that not showering every day is your personal expression of  “getting back to nature”.

5.  When you are able to grocery shop, your shopping cart doubles as your super secret walker.  You’re certain no one will notice that you only have four items.

4.   You prefer emailing over telephone calls, this way you can embellish your writings and make it appear that you actually have a life.

3.  You’d consider calling in a maid service to clean, but you’d have to answer the door, actually speak to the person and wear normal clothes. 

2.  You can recite every line from any infomercial, but prefer to reiterate Kevin Trudeau because his shows seem the most intelligent.

1.  You’re too tired to change the tv channel and the remote is in your hand.

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Chronic Fatigue and Post Holiday Recovery

January 28, 2008

Christmas came and everything was a wild flurry of indulgent activities.  I was feeling better and it showed.  I wrote earlier in December that I was able to participate in life a little more.  My family’s Christmas Party was the highlight of my energies – I actually had ‘Fun’.  That word describes an experience that has eluded me for years.  While I was at my family’s gathering, it occurred to me that I was standing and talking, smiling and joking.  Not one thought of needing to sit down!  Like a miracle.

 I did have to spend the next day recovering – but nothing like I used to.  I just needed to spend the day relaxing because I was tired.  Previously this recovery day would have made me feel like I was 1000 pounds of sludge – every tiny movement painful and weighted from the fatigue. 

But as other family and friend visitations continued into January, all of my various partyfood indulgences began to take their toll.  By January 10th, I was feeling much more tired, and back to a non-functioning mode of living again.  Once again, my diet became the culprit and focus of my malaise.  I knew had to clean up my act and pay careful attention to restricting my foods to veggies and meat.  It has taken me these 3-4 weeks of re-dieting to get back to where I was in terms of energy and lessened fatigue symptoms.  For a couple of weeks there, I wasn’t even sure I could get back – but I did! Yay!

This was the first time I’ve gone wayward on my diet since September – wholly crackamoni did I pay for my mistakes.  I won’t do that again.

Two things that I’ve noticed during this holiday recovery period:  taking my NT Factor diligently didn’t prevent or dissuade the CFS reactions I received from my naughty diet.  But, increasing my D-Ribose DID help my muscle pain.  This supplement always seems to have results the next day, if not within hours.  I have to be careful taking the d-ribose though, if I take it as recommended (1 teaspoons 3 times a day), I get wired and can’t sleep.  It’s a natural sugar, after all.  When my diet is good and I’m feeling better like I do now, I only take 1tsp a day.

Another thing that has really made a huge difference in my sense of well being is jamaican blue mountain coffee – quite specifically this bean.  I don’t know why it offers such a supreme sense of “feelin’ alright”, sometimes I think they must grow it next to the ganja, lol.  Sure, you might say it’s just the caffeine, but it’s not.  I’ve tried tons of other coffees, and I’ve had all kinds of caffeine buzzes, but this coffee literally makes all of me feel Good.  Expensive as hell though.  But it’s still cheaper than doctors and new fangled drugs.

What’s weird about the jamaican coffee (or perhaps it’s my entire dietary changes in conjunction, I’m not sure) is that not only does it make me feel good during the day – charging me up and letting me accomplish things; I am absolutely convinced it’s the thing that’s helping me sleep better too.  My theory:  the blue mountain coffee stimulates my body enough to make me feel better, while at the same time wearing me out (energy consumption) so at night I just fall asleep – boom! like a felled tree.  It’s strange and yet a very happy thing.  Or, it could be that the coffee is somehow furthering the ATP enhancement that the NT Factor promotes on a cellular level. 

Anyway, I’m back to where I was just then in December and I’m still improving, losing weight, looking forward and being happy….  Thinking about doing another round of colon cleansing to get even further ahead on this journey.  I’ll keep ya posted…

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