I've been soooo tired lately. Really tired. To the point where I complain about being tired during most of my awake time. I know it's normal for a working mom to be tired but this is just ridiculious! I've been explaining away the tiredness because, well, what can I do about being tired?
I finally gave in and made an appointment at the doctor's office. She came in nonchalantly and fired off questions that were just like the ones I've been asking myself, and thinking that the answers to some of them were the culprit for my new state of exhaustion:
- "Do you sleep enough?"
- "Do you work full time?"
- "How old are your children?" "Oh. Do you ever rest?"
After reassuring the doctor that I've been at this pace for a while, and explaining that this is something new, she asked "are you depressed or anxious?" And my negative response led her to order some blood tests (4 vials worth) and a pregnancy test just in case (which, to my relief, was very negative although I immediately imagined myself with another baby in my arms...).
The result? A simple vitamin D deficiency. I'm definitely eating enough vitamin D-rich food, so it's probably due to lack of exposure to the sun. I'm taking 1000 cu's of vitamin D3 per day. It's only been a week and I feel the same.
While I am tough and push myself, ignoring the exhaustion did not work to my advantage this time. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to other health problems like osteoporosis.
Has anyone experienced this before?