When Patient Becomes Caregiver

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As always, my blogging gets thin around the holidays.  The extra activity and stress does me in.

This year I had a prolonged recovery.  As previously noted, my lower back went out at Christmas so I had a few stiff days because of that.

On top of that, my dog was having health issues throughout December.  She was having trouble sleeping and would wake up at least once a night which had me up as well.

This put me into the role of caregiver.  There are times when we have to put aside our own aches and pains so we can help someone else.  In this case, my dog needed me.

Her issues culminated the first week of January with what can only be described as panic attacks.  The episodes lasted 4-5 hours each and usually in the middle of the night. We resolved her issues by taking her off her medication.

I didn’t realize until the end of January that I was exhausted.  Looking back, I realized I wasn’t getting more than 5 hours of sleep a night for more than a month–and usually not 5 hours in a row.  I was tired and grumpy.  I fight fatigue on a daily basis.   Adding weeks of interrupted sleep wasn’t helping.  I cannot make it with so little sleep when spondyltis gives me so much fatigue.

I decided to lay low until mid February when I started to get a bit of my spark back.  I need the time to rest mentally and physically.

Slowly but surely I’m getting back into my routine.  March is half over already! I hate that I need so much time to recuperate because it takes me away from the things I need to do.  But that is life with chronic illness.  You don’t really have a choice.

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