Fatigue Busters My Aching . . . Foot!

I often receive comments from the visitors to my web site, and some comments are more interesting than others. No doubt you've had one of those days when you're looking for anything that might help relieve that miserable fatigue and pain, and what do you find? Tips that sound way too simplistic and/or sugary at that moment.


Well, that was the case with this lady who came exploring my site and ran across an article entitled, "Fatigue Busters - Tips for Saving Energy." As she told me later, "I didn't mean it to sound as nasty as it did but I just didn't have the energy to figure out another way to put it. I was having a bad day as I'm sure you figured out. It was the 'sit down to put your make-up on' that really got to me. Heck, I don't bother to wash or comb my hair unless I absolutely have to for company - and even then that's all they get. I've learned that I can live very happily in my own dirt if it means I can save some energy to use elsewhere. I'd love to see her (the person who compiled the tips article) 'Stepford' family too." ;-)


Though she didn't intend it at the time she wrote them, her comments on the tips, in hindsight, came out sounding like someone poking sarcastic humor at them. I said in my reply to her that I had gotten such a kick out of her e-mail that I wondered if I could use it as a humorous addition to my cartoon page. She was gracious enough to give me an okay, so here are all her "grumpy insights" for the rest of you to giggle along with. Thanks, Win!

From: "Win Avery" <fredavery@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: fatigue busters

3. Reschedule daily tasks so you do some only 3 or 4 times a week.

3 or 4 times a WEEK?????? I'm lucky if I get to them 3or 4 times a month - a year even!

4. Delegate tasks: ask children or other family members to help.

Thank you for my laugh of the day!

5. Schedule regular rest periods each day.


7. Move things you use often to lower-accessible shelves.

And just how many lower-accessible shelves do you think there are in the average home?

8. Use power tools and labor saving electric appliances.

Since when are electric appliances labour saving?

1. Sit on a stool in the bathroom while shaving or applying makeup.

Make up????? You're joking of course. See answer to #4 above.

2. Allow enough time to complete grooming in "phases," allowing for frequent rest periods.

I can complete grooming over the course of about 1-2 weeks (one day's worth). It's easier not to bother, so I don't.

3. Use warm, not hot water for baths or showers.

Baths? Showers? You have that much energy?

1. Get a handicap sticker for your car.

Talk to my doctor.

2. Shop when you are at your peak energy.

10 minutes at 2 a.m.?

3. Let other family members do major weekly shopping.

See answer to #4 above. Laughing even harder now.

4. When shopping alone, ask a grocery clerk to carry out groceries.

And who carries them when I get home?

5. If you arrive home tired, put away only the perishables. A family member or friend can do the rest.

If? Again, see answer to #4 at top.

6. Shop by phone whenever possible.

They take cash??? Who can get credit when they can't work?

You must live in a wonderfully perfect world where everyone understands and supports you in your illness. You must have one hell of a lot more energy than I have if you can even consider some of these things.

Do the rest of us a favour and get stuffed.

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