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Sometimes It Is Lupus: Energy and fatigue

    I am so pleased with myself.

    Yesterday, I did heaps of housework. OK, when I say “heaps” I mean: I washed and hung out the clothes (my son brought them in); I did the dishes; I mopped the kitchen and laundry floors; I baked scones for the oldies’ group at church, and I cooked dinner. For me that’s heaps – bearing in mind that I also managed to fit in a 2 hour nap during the day.

    Today, I did a full eight hour day at work. I managed my lunch and nap all in about an hour at the middle of the day, and got lots done.

    I’m tired (surprise!) but I’m not oh-no-I-just-can’t-do-anything-at-all tired. I’ll still have the energy to get my shower before bed. (My daughter “cooked” dinner tonight – it involved the internet and a discount voucher from a Dominos – using a stove is so old-fashioned.)

    I feel so good, that I’ve done so much in these past couple of days. Now, my problem will be not to assume I can always do this much. I need to conserve energy – always do that little bit less than the maximum I can – because when I live right on the limit and do the maximum all the time I quickly run out of energy and get sick.  It’s all a balancing act.

    But for now, I’m really thrilled with how much I’ve achieved!