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December 17, 2012

Suspicious exhaustion

Filed under: fitter/happier — lexifab @ 12:06 pm

No updates for the last couple of weeks because I have spent as much of my spare time as possible on the novel. That hasn’t turned out to be as much time as I would like, but at least I haven’t been frittering it away on distractions.

The main thing that has eaten into my time has been sheer bloody exhaustion. To be fair, there’s been a few unusual events, the main one being three consecutive days of kids’ birthday parties (two of which were related to the Joey-son’s fifth) and most of the rest being semi-obligatory pre-Xmas socialising.

I also freely acknowledge that I am neither at the peak of physical fitness nor as young as I once was – but even so, I think there might be something abnormal going on here. Like, since when have I needed afternoon naps? And since when, having been denied an afternoon nap, have I felt obliged to be in bed by 9:30 at the latest?

In a vain and no doubt pointless effort to throw off the wearying shackles of time’s relentless march, I’m heading to the doctor for some tests to see if there’s anything deficient or in surplus or whatever. I’m not hopeful though. Iron deficiency is the obvious culprit, to which I am genetically predisposed. But every time I give blood, a sample is tested for iron content, and I haven’t been out of the preferred range for more than three years.

If that comes up normal, as I expect it will, and nothing more weird than that shows up, I may be forced to confront my frail mortality by exercising more and getting more sleep. Which is a pain in the arse, because I need that time to write trashy fantasy crime novels.


  1. sorry to hear you aren’t feeling great. I was complaining about being slow and tired over the last few days & it was pointed out to me that its hot and humid and I was doing non-routine things…so maybe its the Christmas out of routine getting to you (and the weather, assuming its hot there too)

    Comment by Jenny — December 17, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

  2. Could be. Hope so. Weather’s not the culprit here, or I don’t think so anyway. But there are other possible if unlikely candidates – for example I have sworn off all softdrinks in December (at least up until Christmas) so it could be related to lower than usual levels of sugar and/or caffeine in my system. I have my doubts about that one because my nervous system lets me know in headache form if it hasn’t had its fix yet. Still that could be it, and if so it should settle back to equilibrium at some point (or I will just start drinking creaming soda again and all will be right once more).

    In the meantime I will tough it out and/or sleep more.

    Comment by Lexifab — December 17, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

  3. Hope it is nothing more serious than creaming soda deprivation. Good luck!

    Comment by Dr Clam — December 18, 2012 @ 7:06 am

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