I have something auto-immune going on. I posted this
last year and weaned my son fairly shortly after that, reduced my hours at the weekend job, and things got a little bit better.
I was having problems with my hands being really cold and painful in the wintertime on the occasion that I forgot to wear gloves. My neighbor who is a doctor said that this was not good. So I went to my doctor again and demanded more testing and I tested positive for something auto-immune-related. (Antinuclear antibody test was positive and Anti-SS-B was positive.) It will be 3 months before I can get into see a specialist, and my PCP told me "It is probably Sjorgren's syndrome, but who knows with these things." (And from the last question, my mom has lupus.)
So, whatever, waiting to see a specialist was okay, until the fatigue that I described last year came back. It wasn't as intense as before, but I am once again, EXHAUSTED at all times. It is hard for me to get out of bed in the morning. I have trouble being productive. I have to hoax myself to do stuff "Okay self, get up, take a shower, brush your teeth..."
So while I wait to see a doctor, what can I do to get through these periods of fatigue? I still need to be present for my kid. I still need to go to work.
Having this start of a diagnosis has made me feel better about asking for help. (Like putting kid to bed exhausts me.) And I've tried to explain the Spoon Theory to my husband. I'm doing as much work as I can during productive times.
But I need to not be tired. I need to be there for my kid. Also I have a fairly demanding job and others depend on me. I am a super productive Type-A person normally.
Any ideas on things to do? Eat certain things? Take an aspirin? I have NO IDEA. And I don't have any medical professional to guide me.