I’ve been hooked on the Tour de France for the last two weeks, amazed at the incredible shape that these athletes are in. When you consider Lance’s battle with cancer, his 4 years away from the sport and the fact that he broke his collar bone earlier this spring, the fact that he is still in 3rd place following today’s time trial is amazing.
I wish that I had that kind of energy. Lately, it seems, my energy level has been very low. I’ll make an effort to get some things done around the house and minor tasks can wipe me out for the rest of the day. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night and laid in bed awake for half an hour or so before looking at the clock….12:32! At most, I had slept for two hours. Hot flashes, trips to the bathroom and difficulty swallowing kept awake for the rest of the night. When I rolled out of bed at 7:00, I was weak and exhausted. I spent much of the day in bed, getting up occasionally to make myself eat.
I had been attributing this fatigue to my inability to eat and difficulty swallowing but I realized this afternoon that this extreme exhaustion has been happening since my Keppra dosage was increased to 1500 mg twice a day. I’ve been tracking my diet on Livestrong; ensuring that I get enough calories, protein, fiber, etc. and, while I wish that I could eat a few more calories, I suspect that Keppra is the real cause of my fatigue. I have not been cranky or suicidal but I have had a few days of depression and lack of motivation. Today was one of those days, lying in bed, blankly staring at the TV. I need to call my neurologist tomorrow….