Lights Out

March, 2019: After I returned from my nephew’s wedding in New Delhi, I became ill with a severe cold. The cold turned into a sinus infection, and I missed a total of three weeks of work over the course of two months. When I was at work, I’d start each day feeling adequately energized, but as the day progressed, I felt like a dimmer switch was slowly being turned down. Some days I would lose energy quickly, as if someone abruptly turned off a light.bulb-742428__480I’ve been chronically ill for all of my adult life, but this mostly slow although occasionally sudden loss of energy at work was a new phenomenon for me. I’m not all better yet, but I’m getting there. And I’m adjusting to this new way of losing energy. I try hard to pace myself at work, to not rush, and to take three-to five-minute breaks if possible. I’m doing everything I can to get my work done while modulating and conserving my energy so that I last through the day. This is not the worst health challenge I’ve had, but it’s a new one. I’m trying to be mindfulof it and to remain hopeful about meeting its new challenges.

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