Friday, December 18, 2009

Way too tired!

I have been so tired today. I'm also irritable. I'm supposed to be getting ready to head to Missouri tomorrow morning for Martha's memorial service but I'm moving slow. The laundry is in the machine and the suitcase is ready to be packed-lets just hope I can get it all accomplished by tomorrow morning. Fatigue is the most common side effect of cancer treatment, and it often hits without warning. Everyday activities -- talking on the telephone, shopping for groceries, even lifting a fork to eat -- can become daunting tasks. "Overwhelming" is the most common description used. When compared with the fatigue experienced by healthy people, cancer-related fatigue is more severe, it lasts longer, and sleep just doesn't bring relief. The causes of cancer-related fatigue are not fully known. Problems like low blood counts, sleep problems, stress, eating too little, lack of exercise, and other factors may be linked to this type of fatigue.
What are some signs of cancer-related fatigue
  • feeling tired, weary or exhausted even after sleeping
  • lacking energy to do your regular activities
  • having trouble concentrating, thinking clearly, or remembering
  • feeling negative, irritable, impatient, or unmotivated
  • lacking interest in normal day-to-day activities
  • spending less attention on personal appearance
  • spending more time in bed or sleeping
Boy, I've hit them all today!

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