Helping women with chronic illnesses

Terribly Tired Today

Bear with me. I am having trouble keeping up lately. There are many blogs I wish to comment on. I have not yet found the time to do so.

Between writing about endometriosis and the media, health reform, legislation that threatens the rights of infertility patients, and a post about a thirteen year old who suspects she has endometriosis, I have really had my hands full lately keeping up with writing the posts (some of which are time-sensitive) and moderating the comments.

To be clear, the more comments the better. Bring it on!

In case you missed them, here are some of the highlights from the past month…

Endometriosis and the media:


Health reform:


Legislation that threatens the rights of infertility patients:


I also wrote a post about a thirteen year old who suspects she has endometriosis that got lots of feedback from readers extending their support and good wishes to her:


These are just a few of the posts I have written in the last month. I have been busy writing legislators and signing petitions. Now that I stop and look back at the last few weeks, I can see why I am so tired.

So, basically, I am drained and tired and it’s time to practice what I preach and implement some self-care. In today’s case, that is going to mean taking a nap at some point. It’s not an option at the moment but I am hoping to squeeze in a nap later this afternoon.

Honestly, if I don’t get a nap soon… I will wind up like this woman:

It certainly wouldn’t be the first time I had fallen asleep at the computer. (Not by a long-shot).

So, if you haven’t heard from me lately commenting on your blog or communicating with you on Facebook… it’s because I am having trouble keeping up with everything. I am trying my best but lately it is a struggle. By all means, please do not hesitate to leave blog comments. Your feedback is always very welcome. I just felt that it would be a good idea to let people know that if I am slower than usual responding, it’s just that I am tired. It doesn’t mean that I have forgotten you or that I don’t plan to reciprocate to the lovely comments you’ve left on my blog.

On a brighter note, I went for physical therapy on Friday and acupuncture yesterday and my neck is feeling much better. (Those of you who follow me on Facebook are aware that I had had a herniated disc in my neck a few years back and was having the same pain again). I didn’t drive for about a week because I couldn’t turn my neck and wouldn’t have been able to use the side-view mirror to drive safely. Fortunately, my husband drove me to physical therapy Friday and yesterday I was able to turn my neck well enough to drive myself to acupuncture (45 minutes of driving each way). So, I am very grateful for the improvement with that. I also have good news regarding my sleep apnea but that will be covered in a future post. So, you’ll just have to remain in suspense about my adventures with the CPAP machine.

Now, I am going to plan the rest of my day very carefully so I can fit in a nap later this afternoon. I won’t be sleeping standing up like my feathered friend here. No, I will be taking a nice, comfy nap in bed with my fluffy comforter.

Don’t forget your self-care, everyone. You only get one body and sleep is important. Life is very busy. Try to find some down-time to recover and rejuvenate. Your body will thank you for it!

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1 HeidiNo Gravatar { 02.24.10 at 6:19 pm }

Self care is often easier said than done. Hope you got your nap. Today was my day off so i was able to fit one in for myself. :).

2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 02.25.10 at 12:15 am }


You are absolutely right that self-care is often easier said than done. I think this is one of the biggest challenges of living with chronic illness, actually.

Finding the time to practice good self-care is challenging for just about anyone these days… but to do so when one is chronically ill with limited energy, I think it can be even trickier. At the same time, I believe self-care is even more important when chronic illness is part of the picture because without it, health can deteriorate even further… and with it a chronically ill patient can manage pain and other symptoms better than when trying to run at “full tilt” all the time.

I had to learn this the hard way. When I was younger, I tried to force my body way past its limits. I managed to pull this off for awhile but in time this came back to haunt me. In retrospect, I believe I might not be as sick as I am today if I had listened to my body better sooner.

I did manage to get a late afternoon nap in and I’m so glad because I really needed it. I’m glad you managed to fit one in today too. 🙂


3 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 02.25.10 at 3:11 pm }

Take care, jeanne!!

You do so much hard work and really help people a lot.

Take some time for YOU — you are the most important person in your life.

.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Harbinger Of Great Things To Come =-.

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 02.25.10 at 9:33 pm }


Thank you for being you, Jannie! When I see your wise eye coming my way, I always feel better before I even read a single word.

Thank you for your kind words. You ought to know about helping people because you do a great deal of it yourself!

Yes, yesterday I took that needed nap. I know that you have some helpful self-help activities that work for you and that’s excellent.

As you pointed out, we really do each need to take care of ourselves. Without proper self-care, we eventually risk losing the ability to care for ourselves and/or others. The potential consequences are too great not to pay heed to the body’s warning signs. I often think that if only I had learned this lesson earlier than I did, things might be better for me and my family than they are now.

Hindsight is 20/20. However, I have tried to apply what I’ve learned over the years to make the best choices I can now. Sometimes I am relatively successful at this and other times I fail miserably. I keep trying my best to listen to my body, though, to try to maximize my quality of life (and that of my loved ones, by extension).

Jannie, I know you are very wise about how to allocate your energy and listen to your body. I am constantly striving to do the same.


5 endochickNo Gravatar { 02.26.10 at 7:23 am }

Hope you’re getting in those much needed naps. I wish I could be doing the same. Getting up at 5 am is wearing me down! Self-care is vital Jeanne, please take care of yourself 🙂
.-= endochick´s last blog ..Infertility Patients’ Rights =-.

6 JeanneNo Gravatar { 02.28.10 at 2:00 am }


Yes, I got a nap in the day I wrote this post. I know how uber-thrilled you have been waking up at 5:00 am every day! I’m glad that you are making an effort to get to bed earlier at night to compensate for that. I know your neurologist is very emphatic about you getting enough sleep.

Yes, self-care really is vital. You’re right. You do the same, please. I know you’re very busy with school now but remember… you only get one body. 😉


7 endochickNo Gravatar { 02.28.10 at 1:07 pm }

WHAT?!?! I only get 1 body?!?! I don’t remember getting that memo, Jeanne. Sorry. Nope. LOL

What happened to the cryogenics movement and freezing your head and trading up for a hotter, younger, more improved body when this one gives out? You know, like when you trade up for the new car? 🙂

I’ll take care, don’t worry. Glad to hear you’re doing the same.
.-= endochick´s last blog ..Infertility Patients’ Rights =-.

8 JeanneNo Gravatar { 03.01.10 at 12:02 am }


WHAT?!?! You didn’t get the memo? Oh no! I thought you knew.

Yes, yes. You only get one body. That’s correct. Of course, I have been on a waiting list to get an entirely new body for several years now. However, I’m not going to hold my breath. Let’s just say that I’m not waiting by the phone for a call that my new body has come in.

As far as cryogenics, I thought that was only for bodies that have already, shall we say, expired. No? I don’t think cryogenics is about “upgrading” later. I believe the theory there is bringing the old body back to life at a future time if and when technology makes that possible. This is not to be confused with just getting a whole new body altogether. No, I don’t think you can trade up like you would with a car, as you suggested. 😉

I’m glad you are fitting in some downtime… even if it involves lost hockey games that you’re not happy about.


9 RellacafaNo Gravatar { 03.08.10 at 11:26 pm }

Glad you’re taking care of yourself, even under tough conditions. Hurrah for driving improvements!! That is always great. All the best for awareness month, you’re doing an excellent job xx
.-= Rellacafa´s last blog ..On The Right Track Back To Being On The Right Track =-.

10 JeanneNo Gravatar { 03.09.10 at 2:24 am }


Let’s just say I’m trying my best to implement the self-care I preach. 😉 Yes, happy to be driving again. Thank you so much! You’re sweet. Today I had the pleasure of consulting with my awesome dentist about my failed root canal. He’s so awesome and he feels badly that it didn’t work. I know it’s not his fault, of course. Since when would a medical procedure go right the first time for me? 😉 So, now it will be off to the endodontist to try to save my tooth. Happy happy, joy joy. It’s always something… isn’t it?



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