The past two weeks have been a little rough. Two weeks ago my eight year old son was sick with a bad chest cold and was out of school for a Thursday, Friday and Monday (so home for FIVE days), and just as I got him back to school my autistic daughter got it and was home the next Thursday and Friday (so home for FOUR days). I sent her off to school yesterday, but then we had the blizzard that turned out to be a bust (for us at least) so all the kids were home today. I’ve also known three people who have died in the past two weeks, one of whom was a real guiding force for me in my adolescence and young adult years.
You would think the snow day would’ve been enough to drive me to drink, but it really was a blessing in disguise. I feel badly for the folks that got slammed by this storm, but for us all the panic was for naught. It slipped by leaving us relatively unscathed with just about 8 inches, not the two or three feet predicted!
The kids were happy to be home. My son was content to play Sims on the computer and I was content to let him. My autistic daughter was happy exercising to “Just Dance” on the Wii and my teen watched movies on Netflix. My husband was on YouTube watching old football games, and later on took our son outside to play in the snow. For the most part I STAYED IN BED. Really. I cuddled with my ipad mini, was happy under the covers and took a nap. I got up to check on things and decided to cook chicken in the crock pot so I could be lazy about dinner. Then I went back to bed and played Sudoku until I napped again. Got up and washed some dishes, put in a load of laundry, then went back to bed and kept up on my New England friends on Twitter and Facebook who really DID have a blizzard – and napped again! I can’t believe how much I slept today!
Before you go thinking it’s the depression, remember what my past two weeks have been like. We need to remember that sometimes tiredness it just that. I was TIRED. And I needed to rest.
For me, depression exhaustion is:
- feeling like I weigh 500 pounds
- can’t make my body move
- I just can’t face the day
- I’ve slept a lot but I’m still tired
- it feels good to snuggle
- I’ll do a little around the house then snuggle some more
- Lord this feels nice!
- I’ve slept a lot and feel so much better!
There’s a HUGE difference. I needed to be a sloth today. This was one GOOD snow day.
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