The “F” Word

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FATIGUE…that’s the “F” word. I know I am not alone; fatigue is one of the most common by-products of stroke and TBI (traumatic brain injury). I manage my fatigue as best I can. I take vitamins and supplements, I eat well, I exercise, and I rest. Part of my issue is that the intracerebral hemorrhage hit my left thalamus. The thalamus, among other items, regulates one’s sleep and awake cycles. I ended up with insomnia.

I found this PDF on strokes and fatigue and I feel it is both concise and reader friendly. It may be worthwhile reading and sharing with family, friends, and/or your employer. http://www.stroke.org.uk/sites/default/files/Fatigue%20after%20stroke.pdf

Another article regarding TBI and fatigue: http://www.msktc.org/tbi/factsheets/Fatigue-And-Traumatic-Brain-Injury

Here’s an interesting fact: I feel most energized after I have been meditating. The following article gives a bit of an explanation on the topic. http://eocinstitute.org/meditation/meditation-for-increased-energy-how-why-it-works/

As well, I tend to feel really well after a body scan. You may or may not be familiar with this technique established by Jon Kabat-Zinn, but don’t worry, just listen and follow the instructions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_aC5vNg_50

And, hey, don’t beat yourself up if you happen to fall asleep during the body scan. I fell asleep a lot during body scans when I first came home from the hospital, but the sleep was really good for me, too!

Well…I’m pooped!

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