Chronic Fatigue Day

Today is International Chronic Fatigue Day.
I tend not to write too much here about personal stuff because, well, its personal. I’ve got a residual Presbyterian inhibition about letting out that sort of thing. Besides, I don’t want to bore people.

Not sure why today is different, but it is. My Other Half has chronic fatigue, and has had it now for, I think, 10 years. She had to sell her business after she got the condition. For now, she can’t work.

I was diagnosed with it myself when I was at University. I’d never heard of the condition at the time. Things like that happened to other people as far as I was concerned. I’d had glandular fever the previous year: had hepatitis simultaneously, which can happen. Bounced back and felt fantastic: I was warned by the doctor it would take me to 2 years to get back to my previous level of health but I didn’t take much notice. I felt fine. But nearly a year later it was like slowly walking into a swamp. Each day I was more and more stuffed. I’d come home and just crash. Eventually I started crashing in the library.

I was one of the lucky ones – I got over it. Slowly. But the years 1990-94 are years I was only half there, it seems.
I’ve never had quite the same amount of energy I used to have, but of course at least some of that could just be the aging process.

Oddly enough, I’m glad I had it. Partly because I think it’s a good thing for people who have had a pretty charmed life (and in retrospect I think had, up to that point) to get a knock-back or two.
It meant I canned the law degree I had started and went back to journalism, which I’d done for four years before going to Uni. I think I’d have hated being a lawyer.

Most importantly though (and this is perhaps linked to the first reason) it means I can understand what my other half is going through. A lot of people who have chronic fatigue lose their partner as well: it’s a difficult condition to cope with.

Since then I’ve met quite a few people with it. There’s also a couple of reasonably high powered people around town who have had it and recovered, which is kind of comforting.

3 thoughts on “Chronic Fatigue Day

  1. I haven’t ben ill like that for as long, but I get the walking in a swamp thing. I had glandular fever at 17. I had been running 5 miles once in the morning and again in the evening. Plus I often stayed up late, either working part time or socialising. I crashed in a heap one day and basically stayed in bed for most of 6 weeks. For a couple of weeks I could barely make it up the stairs from my bedroom to the toilet. After that experience, I wasn’t so “10 feet tall and bullet proof” as I had been. Thanks for sharing, Rob


  2. Cheers T/S,I was a bit similar before I got glandular fever…late nights, early mornings, part time jobs, and full time study, plus activities like debating. Sometimes life teaches you these little lessons.


  3. Thanks for this. We are about 98% certain this is what my partner has but getting a diagnosis is proving very difficult. Similar background late teen glandular fever etc and full on study then job with long hours and 3 small kids…well after reading your entry we will persue it more


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