Someone recently asked me if I still struggle with fatigue due to lupus. My immediate response? "No." Then I thought about it, and realized I should actually answer, "Yes", given the fact I take an hour and a half nap each and every day.
But you know what? I don't think of myself as having a fatigue problem, because from the moment I get up in the morning until the moment I take a nap, I have tons of energy. I wake up fully rested, I don't need caffeine to get going, and I'm chipper and productive all throughout the morning through mid-afternoon, right up until the time I take a nap.
And, then, yes, I take an hour and a half nap. But then following my nap, I'm raring to go again - energized, happy, and ready to tackle the evening. So am I tired all the time? No. Do I walk around in a zombie-like state, struggling to form sentences and finding it difficult to put one foot in front of another? No. That's real lupus fatigue. And I've been there. And it was awful. I used to experience that kind of paralyzing, incoherent kind of fatigue on a daily basis, but not since incorporating a nap into my daily routine. I hardly ever let myself get bleary-eyed and exhausted anymore. I'm not collapsing into bed at nap time because I'm completely wiped out. I just know my body (and mind) well enough to know that if I lie down, close my eyes, and sleep for an hour or so, I'll fend off any and all signs of lupus fatigue.
So do I have lupus fatigue...or am I living well? You be the judge!
So pretty much unrelated to the above, although the reason I thought of it is because, yet again, I was posed with a question. This time, someone asked me if I had a sweet tooth. A sweet tooth? I have a mouth full of sweet teeth! Seriously - there's nothing I love more than a good dessert. And I recently found one!
Who out there has tried Chili's new Sweet Shots, particularly the Double Chocolate Fudge Brownie? If you haven't, you should. It's phenomenal! It's the perfect amount of sweet to top off any meal. In fact, Johnny and I split a shot between the two of us, and there was still plenty to go around. Which, goes to show you, the world doesn't need king-kong size servings of anything, least of all dessert. A few bites of this decadent dish and you (and that sweet tooth of yours) will be satisfied.
I'll warn you, though - even though it's a small serving, given the calorie and fat content, it should probably still be considered an indulgence. If you must, check out the nutritional info here. Given that I'm not passing off the Sweet Shot as a low fat, low calorie dessert option (angel food cake, it ain't), I do appreciate the smallness of the serving and the cute presentation. Next time, though - I'm trying the Warm Cinnamon Bun Sweet Shot. Yummy!!!