CFS and how my body puts functions on rotation

 

When the chronic fatigue (CFS) is strong, I find myself mostly resting. And in good periods, I can usually get most things done.

But when it’s medium strong, as it is now, I notice how my abilities seem to cycle.

For instance:

I may have OK mental energy and not so much physical energy, or the other way around. If the mental energy is OK, I can get some paperwork or writing done. If the physical energy is OK, I may be able to do some errands, clean, or go for a good walk.

Some mental functions may work OK but not others. I may be able to read but not write, or edit photos but not have a long conversation, and it may switch the following day.

Some physical functions may work OK but not others. I may be able to clean but not go for walks, and this too may change the next day.

It’s as if my bodymind has put the different functions on rotation. My limited energy is rationed out, and each area of life gets its day. But not all at once the way it was before the CFS. There is a beautiful wisdom in it. It means I am able to do different things on different days without trying to do too much on any one day. So over a few days, I may be able to cover many of the things on my list.

The trick is to go with the flow as much as possible and trust that a day will come when I’ll be able to do what I didn’t or couldn’t do today.

It also depends to some extent on what’s required. If something is strongly called for, and I have a reasonably good day, I may be able to mobilize enough energy to get it done – although it tends to come at a cost.

And if something is scheduled, I am often able to prepare – through rest and taking care of myself – so I am able to do it on that particular day.

I should also say that some things that seem especially daunting is hard to get done even on good days or in good periods. That’s when it’s good to have help from others.

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CFS and cycling abilities

CFS and functions alternately online

CFS and how my body puts functions on rotation

CFS and how my body rations its energy

Initial notes…..

  • cfs and how functions are alternately online
    • on good days, some functions are online and some offline
    • examples
      • mental energy but not physical or reverse
      • or some mental functions online – read but not write or reverse
      • or some physical functions online – clean but not go for walk or reverse
    • as if the body/mind has the different functions on rotation

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Initial draft….

With chronic fatigue (CFS) I notice how functions cycle.

On most days, some functions are online and some offline. And I am typically not able to predict in advance which ones it will be.

For instance:

I may have mental energy but not physical, or the reverse.

Some mental functions are online but not others.

I am able to read but not write, or the reverse.

Or some physical functions are online but not others.

I am able to clean but not go for walks, or the reverse.

It’s as if my bodymind has put the different functions on rotation. It means I am able to do different things on different days without exhausting myself.

It also depends to some extent on what’s required. I am often able to make some functions available if I “have” to, although it may come at a cost.

And if I know of something coming up, I am often able to prepare – through rest and taking care of myself – so I am able to do it on that particular day.

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When the chronic fatigue (CFS) is very strong, I find myself just resting. And on good days or in good periods, I can usually get things done without too much problems. But when it’s medium strong, as it is now, I notice how my abilities seem to cycle.

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On most days, some of my human functions are available and some are less so. And I am typically not able to predict in advance which ones it will be.

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