It all started by spending a
week in bed with a bad dose of flu over Christmas, followed by three
more weeks off work.
After that I only managed
afternoons at work and had to sleep and rest all evening and weekend -
a few times I had to go for a sleep in the car during the day.
One day I felt better than in
ages and did a bit too much – I couldn't make it into work the next day
and spent most of the next three weeks at home.
My arms and legs ached pretty
much constantly, my knees and elbow joints were painful, and at times
it could be challenging to find a position comfortable enough to sleep
in. I slept every afternoon and if I did too much – physical or mental
– I’d get exhausted and the shutters would come down on my brain. It
was quite disconcerting being unable to think.
I bought a shower stool as I
would often wake up feeling reasonable, but was exhausted by the time
I’d had a shower and got dressed. I brought everything I wanted for the
day downstairs in the morning, so I only had to tackle the stairs once
each day. I also bought a bar stool for the kitchen, so I could sit
down and prepare food and stir the cooking. Most of the time I either
slept or just sat with a book, though it had to be something easy to
read. It was all about coping and getting through from one day to the
next. I found it all extremely frustrating being unwell - I’d always
been so independent.
A few people told me they knew
of people who had developed ME after they had flu, so I asked two
doctors about ME, but both were dismissive and didn’t tell me anything
- they just kept signing me off for a week at a time. Finally, I saw a
different doctor who mentioned it could be ME / chronic fatigue but she
still couldn’t help much more than telling me to pace myself – which
was almost impossible after I had been used to being really busy.
My Mum knew of three people who
had ME and got well after doing the Energy Excellence Course so she
sent me the web address. When I looked at the website I found it quite
emotional – I could relate to so many of the symptoms and struggles
described in the recovery stories and Amir’s talk rung so true for me.
I had reached the point where I
was facing the fact that I could be ill for years, or may never get
well just by pacing myself, so now was very excited to hear how other
people had got well – and in just a few weeks.
Within a week, I had booked
onto the course - I so wanted to get well again before my life really
fell apart, but I also feared it may not work for me. One of the things
I’d found really difficult was when I had to ring work each day and say
I was still not well enough to come in – I felt so guilty, so I told
only my family, close friends and my boss about the course, so that
people didn't have huge expectations.
I started to notice
improvements by the second day of the course, and walked a few hundred
yards along the seafront – not far, but further than I had walked for a
long time, and without my ‘old woman shuffle’ that had developed while
I was ill!
On the third morning I
generally felt better and a few people commented that I was looking
better - I didn’t need a sleep in the afternoon and was able to walk
and climb stairs normally. I gradually increased my hours at work over
the next six weeks until I could do a full week’s work and felt back to
Also, just one month after the
course I was able to do so much more outside of work – like go to the
supermarket, walk into town and go shopping, cycle a few miles, swim
ten lengths. I also enjoyed cooking and eating again, and was able to
do chores around the house like washing and vacuuming. I had my
interest in life back again!
It is so exciting being well
again after being so ill. Many people have commented on how well I look
now, and really, I think I am better in myself than I have been for a
long time, perhaps ever.
I have learnt a lot from the
Energy Excellence Course, not just the process that enabled me to get
well again, but a lot about my general well-being. Right up until I
experienced this illness and recovery for myself, I wouldn’t have
believed it possible to get well from being so ill in such a short a
space of time with just a simple process and no medication.
I really encourage anyone
suffering from fatigue to go on the Energy Excellence Course - I have
recommended it to a number of people and hope that Amir and Aliya will
continue to run it for a long time in order to help many more people.
in attending our Online Energy Excellence Course?
online course is designed to help you:
- Learn specific tools and
strategies to address root causes of fatigue and burnout.
- Make simple lifestyle
that support your recovery.
- Find your way back to a
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