As you’ve probably read in some of my posts fatigue has been a real issue. Not just from care giving but in 2014 my adrenal system collapsed. I’ve not recovered yet. The fatigue has been nasty and last week I thought I had the flu. I just felt miserable. The worst was the day I needed to take mom to her doctor appointment. It was almost 40 miles away and I was a vomitous mess. Every few miles I had to pull over and lose it. Add to that I had a nasty headache. It took everything I had to get mom there and when we arrived, I dropped her off and told her to handle things herself. Considering a lot of people knew her I didn’t see it as an issue.
As soon as I parked the car I rested my head against the window and in an instant was having wild and weird dreams. I’m not sure how long I “slept” but eventually I moved to the back seat. Mom came out later with an attendant who was helping her. Now I had to make it home. She was scared and insisted on driving. Um…no. How do you say no to someone with her diagnosis? Did I mention she ran over 2 trees while driving the golf cart around? (She hasn’t driven since).
Anyway I drove 45 mph and I still barely made it. Again, every few miles I was wretching so violently I wet my pants. (TMI I know, just being raw here…and anonymous). I wanted nothing more than to just lay down in the bushes beside the road but I had to get mom home. Finally we made it and I collapsed in bed.
A few days later I discovered I was covered in itchy red dots everywhere. We live in chigger and mosquito-land so I didn’t think it a big deal. But mom insisted I go to the doctor. I begrudgingly complied. At the doctor appointment everyone including myself thought maybe it was oak mites. I guess they’re particularly bad this year. I had never heard of them. But just in case the doc ordered a Lyme disease tider as well as a Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) test. I kind of wondered if I had Lyme disease because of my fatigue issues.
It was only about 4 days later and I received a call. Not the one where they leave a message and tell you everything is fine but the one that says to call them back. I did and would you believe it? I tested positive for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever! It was on the low end but it was still a positive test. So I’m on doxycyclene and some vitamins. I’m doing much better although I can still overdo it.
Well, mom was right. Even though I am her caregiver, it’s still good to listen to mom.