Do you remember the days before ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia whenyou were able to run all of your errands in one day? With the price of gas it would be nice to be able to go back to doing everything in one trip, but we always have to stop and think of what the physical repercussions will be for overdoing it. Running errands, and being able to run several at one time, is yet another example of everyday life that healthy people take for granted and are able to do without giving it a second thought.
Today I needed to run four errands and I had to quit and go home after the third. I could not push myself to tackle the fourth. When my symptoms flare like they did today when I am out and have to drive, I know that I need to take other people’s safety into consideration, not only mine. This is why I seldom go shopping with anyone else. I know that I can only be in stores a certain amount of time and that I can only make so many stops before my body shuts down. It’s not only physical, I also experience the mental exhaustion. I will feel as though I am just too foggy to drive or to pick up what I need at the store.
Now that I am going back to work a few hours a week I have also have to continually remind myself that I have to watch what I am doing at home and how much I’m on the go because I need to keep my energy for my job.
I think it can get very stressful having to always be thinking ahead one step so that I don’t physically or emotionally crash. I always have to be thinking that if I do this errand/clean the house/go to this place/not get enough sleep that I may not be able to function tomorrow.