Navigating adolescent CFS

Resting versus fun – where does the scale tip? August 8, 2011

Filed under: CFS Symptoms,CFS Treatments — parentingcfs @ 3:22 pm
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Okay so here’s the thing. Our girl’s been having a lot of family social time with my big brother and his wife now visiting from Perth after our big Uluru holiday and our precious cousin’s 3rd birthday on the weekend as well. No more hiking or anything really other than eating out and talking but she is EXHAUSTED. Got to school for 2 hours this morning and that was enough for her. Can’t see a longer day tomorrow but learning to just not predict.

So: she’s in control and schoolwork is under control and she still gets to participate in the family occasions. BUT…does the social pace mean that in the long run she will take longer to get better or am I right in thinking that the happiness produced by doing what she likes, when she can, is healing and, in fact, essential and that actually there is no choice??? I guess it’s helping her walk the fine line as always. Soooooo, no regular rests on weekends except when she wants to?  Even if that means less school?

Any thoughts?


4 Responses to “Resting versus fun – where does the scale tip?”

  1. Karina Says:

    Only you know what is right for your daughter…. I have noticed when treating adults that having the pleasuure and endorphins of doing things they enjoy does make the symptoms easier to cope with – and that is good – pleasure in our days – whatever our condition should be important??

  2. Hard decisions to make Annie. From a outsider who doesn’t know anything about CFS, I think happiness sounds pretty key to recovery.

    • Annie Says:

      I have to believe that too Nic. Poor kid is sad enough about missing ‘life’ as it is. She’s still ‘zausted but dragged herself to school this morning because the musical is in 2 weeks and she doesn’t know where she’s supposed to be standing etc. I’m picking her up at recess and I don’t think she’ll be at all reluctant to spend the rest of the day resting.

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