Tagged fatigue

Slogging through hygiene

It’s the more unspoken part of dealing with chronic illness. If being able to get out of bed or going to a doctor’s appointment is a big win, taking care of your daily hygiene needs makes up all the tiny victories in between. It seems so simple. Just take a few minutes to clean yourself and your surroundings. All you need to do is brush your teeth, shower, shave, wash your hair, moisturize, trim your nails, change your clothes, etc. But, simplicity rarely exists in our realities. Surviving the microseconds is where we live. When everything hurts, maintaining the squishy…

Chasing zzzzzzzzz

I dream of sleep. Laying my head on a pillow, sinking into a pile of blankets or sliding under a crisp cool sheet, taking a slow deep breath and closing my eyes to quickly fade into slumber. Freed from my physical self, my mind drifting over thoughts I didn’t know I had and will never understand. Only waking when my body has been replenished and my head is clear of fog.  That delicious fantasy is far from my sleep reality. With chronic disease and pain, comes difficulty sleeping. It doesn’t matter if you are so fatigued that you can’t lift…