Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008 - Update

Just thought I'd post some cute pictures of Olivia. I'm sure many people have wondered why I keep up the blog when I'm so tired. Along with getting more rest (impossible to do with a small child) I need to make sure I do things that I enjoy. I enjoy updating the blog and sharing about my amazing daughter and I don't plan on stopping that. I've started making a few adjustments to my life in order to help my adrenal fatigue:
1) Ryan and I are going to bed at 10:30 pm. This means no more staying up until 1-2 am. A person gets the most restorative sleep between 10 pm - 1 am and 7 am - 9 am than at any other time. I've been missing almost all of that time. Because of all my problems with insomnia, I'm relying on Benadryl or Melatonin to fall asleep until a doctor suggests otherwise.

2) When I wake up in the morning, I'm supposed to drink an 8 oz glass of water with a teaspoon of sea salt. Yeah. . yuck. Sodium is considered bad for "normal" people, but I have problems with low blood pressure instead of high blood pressure.

3) I'm supposed to rest whenever possible. So, that morning nap that I take with Olivia? Now I don't feel so guilty about it.

Oh, and just to tell you how bad it is. . .an optimal cortisol level upon waking in the morning is in the 20s. . .mine is 7. At least I know that I'm not just lazy.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Becky said...

I'm glad you got an answer to your fatigue; I don't know how you've been surviving with such low cortisol levels!!! They've also recently changed the "normal" thyroid levels to be more stringent. That might be something worth checking out after your adrenal fatigue gets better. Keeping you in my prayers,

Kim said...

I am thrilled that you continue to post pictures and let us know what Miss Olivia is up to. One of my favorite parts of the day is checking on my sweet niece. I would completely understand if you missed some time so that you could catch up on some sleep. If you need anything you can always call.

P.S. Love the dress!

RyanAndrew2007 said...

Super cute pictures! I'm so glad you're keeping up the blog. I sure do enjoy seeing Olivia grow. I hope the problems you're having with adrenal fatigue soon become a thing of the past. Thanks for sharing your experience with it. I'd never heard of adrenal fatigue before, but I'm interested in learning more now.

You have a wonderful weekend too!


Stacy said...

i guess i don't get any restorative sleep then!!