So today I had my second of these eight initial IV infusions. The last one I wasn’t really expecting anything to happen, and was quite pleased with the energy level it gave me. I asked the doctor this morning about it, and she said that my current gut problems do not allow my body to absorb the vitamins and nutrients that I need to function on a “normal” basis (which I concur with….my fatigue for this past year has been tough). With the IV’s, I am getting those vitamins and minerals injected straight into my bloodstream, so it would make sense that I have extra energy. The doctor said the goal is that it will “stick” for longer and longer (the energy and other good stuff), and that after this introductory phase I can just do a maintenance level.
This time I also felt more energy. It’s not like a caffeine high or anything like that. I guess it’s that I feel more clarity, and have an ability to live “life.” I don’t feel like I need to be chained to my chair or prop my eyes open with toothpicks. I can feel like I can connect with my kids better, stay on top of problems easier, and generally do more with myself. I am a person that likes to be active, and usually I just push myself to do the things that need to be done. But with the IV, I can be active like I want to be, and not feel like it’s forced.
One of the best parts is being able to engage with my kids again. I just feel like I can be a better mom, having the energy to keep up with them and truly engage. I can tackle the problems between them, be creative, do homework, and love on them like a mom should.
It’s worth it, for me, to do these treatments, even if it only gives me a day or two of extra energy right now. I hope and pray that as I continue in this diagnosis I will continue to get a handle on the fatigue and eventually, maybe I’ll have the energy full-time and I can “live” again.