Well, I significantly over did it today. Accidentally, but I still did over do it, so that’s my weekend set down.
I met a friend at the park for a catch-up (we’ve seen each other in passing at the kids’ things, but haven’t had a proper visit in several months), and we were having such a lovely long talk that I didn’t realize that the sun had come out and was on my arm. Sunburns have always gone rough with me, but since the onset of fibro they’re even worse, and pretty well guaranteed to trigger a flare.
It’s a pattern I recognized well before I was actually diagnosed, but just chalked it up to “getting older,” and thought the resulting flare (as I now know it to be) was a bit of sun/heat sick. I am in good spirits, having had such a nice visit with my friend—we caught up on all the things our kids are doing, what we’re doing, what our hubbies are up to, current events, our chronic illness developments (she’s a Spoonie too, and the first person I told about my diagnosis, actually, outside family). Just one of those dear friends you can talk and talk and talk with, and never run out of things to say. But having been so busy talking that I didn’t notice the sun, I’m going to pay on that account, and I’m feeling very exhausted, which may just be the spoons I used to get dressed and go out, but I feel rather more drained than that should account for...
I was not feeling 100% when I woke up (100% for me and my current status, versus 100% by a healthy person standard), but pushed on and went anyway, as I was so excited to visit with my friend. Perhaps that was the mistake, and I should have rescheduled, or it could just be that the sunburn put me over the edge? These are the things I’m trying to learn and figure out how to accurately assess, now that I know they are part of my new normal. Luckily there’s only one thing happening over the weekend that I have to do, and it’s on Sunday, so hopefully I will be able to save up on spoons tomorrow for managing it. *Sigh* My learning does not seem to be going along particularly quickly, I’m afraid.