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Those Winter Doldrums

“Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].”

Isaiah 41:10— AMP

There it was bigger than life on a big screen. My heart, as I watched my catheterization procedure.

My New Year was off to a good start— NOT! I spent the first several days in the hospital. Wow, was I ever winded. I’m a fluffy girl, but I don’t usually get winded. In fact, that isn’t me at all. So I went to the E.R. and ended up staying. I had abnormal test results, chemical stress test, and an echocardiogram. So I needed a catheterization to check me out more clearly. Thankfully it went well, and I am okay.

I’m so tired; I could sleep all day. I’ve been in a fibromyalgia flare, and prednisone is my friend. I’m on a step-down.

Have you ever had a season when it seems like everyday tasks and your to-do list take so long? I would use something other than procrastination here. More like fatigue, sluggishness, depletion, and chronic pain. Can someone give me some more spoons, please? This will pass and run its course, though. 

Do you ever get the winter doldrums? A.K.A. gloomies, the blues, blahs, dumps, and the funk. What do you call yours? 

I’ve experienced Seasonal Affective Disorder for many years. From fall time change until spring time change. I’m in a funk. I’m not particularly eager to go out of my house (but I do); my blinds are drawn, the curtains closed, and the gloomies, the blues, blahs, dumps, and the funk last the whole season.

Do you or someone you know experience Seasonal Affective Disorder?

The Mayo Clinic discribe it this way Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. These symptoms often resolve during the spring and summer months. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer and resolves during the fall or winter months.

— 5% of the population experiences it in any given year, or around 10 million Americans. 

— The onset of this condition is most common between 18 and 30. 

— The average age when people first start developing symptoms is 23.

— Between 13% and 17% of people who develop SAD have an immediate family member with the disorder. 

— We need vitamin D. It’s more difficult to get vitamin D in the winter since there’s less sunlight, and colder temperatures keep us inside.

So yes, it’s more than just the winter blues; it’s rather depressing.

I can’t wait for the spring time change because I look forward to feeling like myself. I love it because my energy increases. I love the sunshine and even the heat of summer too.

Friends, please hang in there with me. I apologize for my delay in responding to posts or comments. Please know, it may take me some time, but I will always answer you.

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