Good news! My sinus pressure is gone and thanks to Jake’s massage, my back feels quite a bit better today.
Today I decided not to take my morning bath. I enjoy hanging out in the bath in the morning, catching up on the blogs I follow, news, and reading while I wait for medicine to kick in, but I decided it could be harming me. A lot of people with dysautonomia cannot tolerate hot baths because of how much heat exacerbates symptoms. I still enjoy baths, but later in the day, I do notice they wear me out quickly. I decided perhaps the bath is sucking up my energy in the morning but I am not noticing it because my symptoms usually aren’t as bad early on in the day. Maybe my body is using up all my energy to tolerate the hot bath and that is why I’m so tired. To me, it is hot bath or nothing so I decided to try skipping my morning bath for a week and see if I noticed a difference.
I missed my bath dearly and still felt very tired. I told my body it was being difficult. I gave it DAYS to rest and do nothing. The vacation is over body! So I cleaned up the kitchen. I got to the wiping the counters stage and had to lay down because I felt so exhausted. All day I felt off. I drank a ton of water to try and help with the symptoms, but it didn’t work. By 1:30, I knew I needed to do something because I got really dizzy and had a few bouts of pre-syncope. I went to the hospital and got fluids. I just curled up in a ball on the comfy chair and waited for the fluids to kick in. It’s strange because usually half way through the bag, I feel like a new woman. Today that didn’t happen until the very end and it only lasted about 15 minutes. Now I’m back to feeling like there is a veil between me and my surroundings. Even typing right now feels like a lot of effort… I keep having to stop. Fluids have never helped so little. I’m pretty nauseous, especially when I eat. There’s so much I want to do that I can’t. It’s pretty frustrating, but I know it could be so much worse! I think this severe fatigue is either a POTS flare up, a result of my sinus infection, or something to do with the internal bleeding. Who knows! I need to remember that today I’m not in as much pain as yesterday, and that shows whatever is going on in my body seems to be improving. Hopefully tomorrow I have a little more energy and can get a few things done.