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Sleep

I apologise for the radio silence but I’ve been ill I have slept most of the last 4 days!! I always figure that when you get ill, its your body telling you to stop and rest, the problem is the transition from sickness to health, when you suddenly upset the sleep cycles and then end up unable to sleep at the correct time (early hours of the morning) because you spent the whole of the previous day asleep. And so it was that at 3am I was spinning yarn on my spinning wheel!! At least it was active, but mindless and lacked any form of electronic technology. Then today I felt so tired. I now understand why they put signs on the roads advising you to ‘don’t drive tired’, my reaction times today were certainly not up to scratch. I’m immensely grateful I reached home in one piece to be honest.

Sleep, we take it for granted until its not there, then wrestle and struggle to make it come, finally living under its curse until the next chance to sleep again.

Sleep well tonight.

I’ve just spent the afternoon in bed. I slept part of the time, rested the rest of the time, read a book, surfed the net and ate chocolate and quavers.

‘Why?’ I hear some of you say. ‘Lazy so and so’ the rest of you add.

My skin’s sore. Skin? I hear the questioning tone in your voices. Yes skin. I’ve had eczema since I was 2 weeks old. Over the years it waxes and wanes but today…it’s itchy and sore and making me feel exhausted and lethargic. It’s a symptom I’ve felt on many occaisions over the years and unless you’ve had eczema, no one can understand how unpleasant a condition it is and how far reaching the symptoms. Eczema is not just skin deep.

So the fact I feel low today, unmotivated to cook, not particularly hungry, tired, lethargic and sore is that my depression speaking. No I think it’s a  symptom of my eczema but it’s a chicken and egg situation. The symptoms of depression – tiredness, stress, anxiety- exacerbate my eczema. My eczema then produces  ‘depression like’ symptoms and the the cycle continues.

It’s so unfair but eczema is not the only chronic condition to effect a persons feeling of mental wellbeing. I remember a mental health professional once telling me that if a person doesn’t already have a mental health condition, then having a chronic physical condition will eventually cause mental distress.

The expert patient programme is a course designed to enable patients with chronic conditions to manage their condition better. It covers advice on the common difficulties faced by people with chronic conditions – pain, fatigue. stress, depression and advices on helpful behaviours – exercise, diet, relaxation, partnering with the medical professionals.

So in reflection, was spending the day in bed helpful? Well I feel a bit less itchy and I’ve not scratched as much as if I’d been doing other things. Only time will tell – if i have a sleepless night then perhaps it has been counterproductive. But for just 1 day…well that’s not just being lazy, it’s self nurturng.