Ahh what a week it has been. Usually by this stage on a Saturday, I’d be holed up in bed for a nap – or rather a mid afternoon coma! But today, I am snuggled up on the couch watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and painting my nails. It might not sound like a big achievement but it is.
Reason being, – I have had a long term relationship with a thing called Adrenal Fatigue. How I got there is a long story, but the better one to tell is how I am dealing with it now.
Last week, some I hit crisis point – when walking 150 meters while holding a handbag and a laptop was too much. I can’t really explain how exhausted I was. Sentences were difficult to get out (unusual for a writer and a functional extrovert). Cleaning the house was impossible, let alone cooking. I’d sleep and sleep but wake up exhausted. I’d get my only perks of energy late at night which would interrupt sleep. I constantly felt sluggish and low on energy. Social situations were extremely draining instead of exhilerating like usual.
A week of no sleep (due to a change of medication and some obnoxious neighbours with horrid taste in music and reliably bad timing) pushed me right over the edge. Hysterical tired to the max. My poor husband! He jokes that this is preparing him for parenthood – being woken up in the middle of the night by a hysterical wife who can’t sleep and can’t do anything else because she is too exhausted.
So I had a chat to my boss (I am helping him write a book and part of it covers this issue of Adrenal Exhaustion. Only a tiny part of it. It is fascinating though!) My ‘treatment’ started this week. I’ve been knocking back Withania like lollies, cooking with bone broth (Horrid stuff that heals the gut lining) and taking adrenal tonics. All the while, I’ve had to give myself permission to sleep when it suits and work when it suits.
It’s all helped a bit! But the big thing was when, out of desperation, I started on a Fat Elimination Diet called the “HCG protocol.” I was a sceptic at first, but desperation to improve ones health is a fine motivator. I wasn’t in it for the weight loss, though I could lose a few, like all of us. I was in it for the detox that would hopefully make my whole system less inflamed. I’m one week in, 3.6 kilo’s lighter and…feeling for the first time in ages like I can walk around the block without needing three weeks sleep to recover!
That’s where my three little spice jars came in. Shopping was impossible a fortnight ago. But today I did it. And cooked lunch. And portioned out meat for the next week (to freeze). There are a list of things achieved today that would have knocked me flat a week ago.
Adrenal Exhaustion is an amazing, overwhelming thing, so I can’t say enough how nice it is to feel at least a tiny bit of energy returning.
My big beef with social media is that it’s false advertising. We only post the good stuff. So I’ve decided to do the opposite, give a little honesty about health, and blog about my journey out of adrenal exhaustion. I have only just started my rehab and I have a fair journey ahead of me to get control of my health back. But I hope this blog will be of some help to someone!
Have a fab weekend!