From Christmas until just this week I was feeling exhausted. I mean weary and tuckered out. I had no energy and had to force myself to do everything.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned to Michelle that I felt like I couldn't put one foot in front of the other without falling flat on my face. Now my beautiful daughter is a pharmacy technician and she said, "Mom, you need Vitamin D. I think you might be suffering from SAD," which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
I had heard of SAD but never thought I suffered from it, but for years I have lacked energy and have been exhausted. I felt guilty because I was always too tired to do anything much. Sometimes I would sleep 12 hours out of 24. I had spoken to the doctor about it and he just looked at me as if I was crazy. He has treated me for depression and given me anti-depressants. Whenever I have mentioned the way I feel he has told me that I am on anti-depressants and that is all he can do for me.
Well, duh! Doctors don't listen nor do they recognize the symptoms of something very common. They send you for tests, tell you that it is all in your head or just plain shrug it off. A few years ago I told Mom that I was going to have "It was all in her head," engraved on my tombstone. LOL I couldn't figure out what was the matter with me and the guilt from being so tired didn't help. So two weeks ago when Michelle told me to take Vitamin D, I took her advice.
Today I started spring cleaning. My stove was a mess and the kitchen is in need of being redecorated. Hubby was out. I walked into the kitchen and thought to myself, "What a mess!" I immediately poured a sink full of hot, soapy water, got out a new spray bottle of kitchen cleaner and the soapy steel wool that I've used for years. I got busy on that stove and it took me about an hour to clean it from top to bottom. Then I tackled the microwave stand that needed a good washing down. Next I washed and disinfected the garbage can.
Just as I was finishing up these tasks, hubby came home. He couldn't believe his eyes. I don't think he realizes how little energy I have either.
I let the water out of the sink, scrubbed it till it shone and then put on the tea kettle. As I sat at the table drinking a cup of tea, I felt quite proud of myself. The stove, sink, tea kettle and crockpot sparkled. Once again I felt exhausted but this time it felt good. It was because I had accomplished quite a bit in the couple of hours while hubby was out. I'm hoping to continue tomorrow. There's still a lot to do. Maybe I was suffering from SAD, but whatever it was, the Vitamin D seems to be helping. I'm glad I took Michelle's advice. And speaking of Vitamin D, it's time to take my daily dose.
If you are lacking energy and live in a northern climate, try taking Vitamin D. It's made quite a difference in my energy level. If you suffer from health issues, be sure to check with your doctor before starting vitamin supplements. ~Blessings, Mary~