Ignoring the knitting for now

I’m doing it, a little here and there, but no photos. The panda silk I bought last week is lovely in atalanta sideways, and that is an enjoyable knit. (Until you get to those weird rows with the funky border bits – hard to get into a rhythm on those.)
I have been to the doctor and have found potential reasons for my exhaustion. Unfortunately, they are those types of things that are really untreatable and have to resolve on their own, and I just have to try to manage my symptoms until then. Since my new doctor is a naturopath (who is also my SIL and who has a background in psychotherapy) it makes my treatments…interesting. No actual drugs, at this point, though she can prescribe them if it’s warranted – just vitamins, minerals and tonics to support immune function, increase restful sleep and improve my liver. Plus “an awareness of the effects of sadness in my life” and the external application of castor oil compresses. T is one who doesn’t like pills at all and, I suspect, is skeptical of “natural” cures, so the litany of remedies I came home with, plus the discussion of the castor oil compress, had him shaking his head. Oh well, ground up cow glands and ox bile can’t be all bad, right?
(On an interesting note, I find that I have a touch more energy and the willingness to make myself get up and do things in spite of my tired, mostly because the emotional lift I got from actually DOING something to help myself feel better is noticeable. I’m still utterly exhausted much of the time, but taking baby steps to knitting, cleaning the kitchen, unpacking (STILL), etc.)
In other news, I have joined up for the Tour de Fleece, and I shall be spinning my cupcake batts. I am therefore a member of the Team Cupcake and the Team Crankypants (cuz, um, duh). Giving serious thought to schlepping my wheel to CA when we go. I think I will wait on that decision until I see how much spinning I get done in the week-plus prior to leaving.

Also, last post I mentioned the hummernest, and mentioned to a few commenters that it looked spiderwebby to me. Elizabeth did a little research and discovered that spider webs are in fact a main ingredient of hummer nests, and the webs allow the nest to stretch as the babies grow.

About pacalaga

Wife, mother, cat-tolerator, dog-lover. Knitter, quilter, occasional spinner, random weaver. Reader, writer, eater, runner. Other assorted roles as necessary.
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10 Responses to Ignoring the knitting for now

  1. Marilyn says:

    The pills sound ummm….interesting. /shiver Hope you are feeling less tired very soon. But honestly, getting more restful sleep and having 2 little boys doesn't sound like much of a possibility. At least it wasn't in my experience!
    Happy spinning!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Those border stitches in Atalanta sideways do get easier with practice!
    Castor oil compresses? Hmmm. Guess it's better than drinking the stuff.

  3. Stacey says:

    Exhaustion is never easy to deal with. I hope your stuff works out for you. If it does, let me know. :D. Well except for the immune boosting thing because I can't do that. Your wheel will totally fir, and it makes sense.

  4. Blogless me says:

    Cool fact: the AZ Sonoran Desert Museum had all sorts of problems with nests the first year that their lovely hummingbird enclosure was built. Why? The birds didn't have access to enough spiderwebs. They now make them available.

  5. Cookie says:

    What? You have to wait till the little goes off to college? O.o

    I am thrilled that you are taking these steps, kitten. I hope they work their magic sooner rather than later.

    Our Elizabeth knows everything. I swear.

  6. Big Alice says:

    I'm sorry you're feeling so crappy. I hope it helps, whatever it is. I'm in the "whatever works" school of medicine. *hugs*

  7. LynnM says:

    I am reluctant to "prescribe" but may I suggest that along with your regular multivitamin at well-balanced breakfast you take a tad extra magnesium and co-q10, and then chromium with your well-balanced lunch. You don't want extra energy in the evening so forget supplements at dinner.

    I hope whatever you're dealing with resolves but general life is exhausting enough so I don't think I'm stepping out of line, or suggesting anything that you couldn't carry over when you do begin to pick up. BTW the "heatwave" here in the mid'70s sapped my energy.

  8. Angie says:

    Taking action on a worry/problem makes me feel better, too. You've had a lot of stuff going on lately and often our bodies don't know good stress from bad stress. I'm glad you're treating your tired. Feel better soonly, my Carrie.

  9. Sarah says:

    How true that doing something is a tonic itself. I hope that you find help and relief, and that life can be gentle while the problems resolve on their own. I also hope you can better determine what helps and what hinders. xoxo

  10. Carrie K says:

    As long as your new doctor is also an MD…….still. Ground up cow glands? OTOH, sweetbread…. 🙂

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