back to school, and now comes the CFIDS

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by KMD90603, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. KMD90603

    KMD90603 New Member

    So, I started my last year of nursing school on monday, and the CFIDS has hit big time. My fevers have still stayed down for the most part. Last night it got up to 99.1, but still, it's nothing compared to how bad they were getting. Right now I'm just noticing the fatigue and weakness are very bad, heart palpitations, and headaches.

    Almost had DH take me to the ER the other night because I was getting non-stop heart palpitations while laying in bed. I had gotten 5 or 6 in under a minute. Usually I'll have one episode where my heart will skip a beat, and then I'm fine for a couple of days. But this was constant, one after the other. I got out of bed and went into the living room, and the palpitations seemed to subside.

    Tonight I ended up falling asleep on the couch at 7:30pm and woke up with a bad headache. It's getting a little bit better, but I'm just not used to feeling this wiped out. For over a month I was feeling great, so I'm thankful for that. But, now that school has begun I'm having a little trouble. Hopefully once I get used to my schedule, the CFIDS symptoms will go back into hiding.

    Gentle hugs to all,
    Kim
  2. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    i hope you make it through this year....

    i am still up studying...i need to read 20 pages for english...and i have a quiz in there and one in psychology...

    frick i am tired...and the rest..i am only taking10.5 units...plus i have the 16 year old male teen...

    they don't like or do much of anything..typical male in my house...my father..thought it was women's work...my exhb.. well let's say we had to different ideas of clean and what responsibilies were..

    i wish you well

    jodie
  3. CockatooMom

    CockatooMom New Member

    Hey Kim! I'm dreading going back for my last year of nursing school. We start back next Tuesday the 5th.

    I have a hell of a schedule this semester, and of course, all early mornings except for Monday. Clinical's start at 6:30 am on Tue & Wed, and classes start at 8 am Thur & Fri. I also have a mon & Wed night class from 6-9.

    I've started having weird twinges/pains in my chest over the last week. My lower back pain has be excruciating. My vicoden doesn't even take the edge off.

    I pray you adjust to your schedule, and quickly! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Hang in there sweetie! And shoot me a message anytime you need support! (YOU TOO Jodie!)

    Hugs,
    E


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  4. KMD90603

    KMD90603 New Member

    It's challenging to try to keep up with school and family responsibilities. I'm lucky in that my husband is extremely helpful, especially while I'm in school. I had off over the summer, so I was able to do more around the house. But, he knows that when school is in session, I won't be cooking or cleaning as much. He's pretty understanding of my limitations, and the fact I'm not only juggling work, school, and family, but I'm also living with CFIDS.

    I could defer classes, but either way I'll be in the same situation. School is stressful no matter what, so even if I wait a year to finish up, I'm sure I'll still have stress-induced flares. I try to allow myself as much time as I can to rest, and I started reading over summer break, so I'm actually ahead in class. It helps because I'm not nearly as stressed out as I would be if I hadn't started the reading ahead of time.

    My schedule isn't too bad. I have lecture monday and wednesday from 10am to 11:50am, lab is monday from 9 to 9:50, and clinicals are every friday from 7am to 5pm. Most of the time we have 2 days of clinical a week, but seeing as the local schools are all competing for the space in the hospitals, we have to do one-day clinical. I don't mind though. Tuesdays and thursdays I have off so I work at the hospital those days. Then I have the weekends off of both school and work. It's nice to have a regular monday through friday week. And, it gives me extra time on the weekends to do my studying.

    Anyway, enough about school. I'm sure I'll be okay once I get used to my schedule this semester. The first couple weeks or so are always the toughest, and then things settle down. I refuse to let my illness come in the way of accompishing my dream, especially since I've come so far.

    Gentle hugs,
    Kim
  5. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    ready for a quiz....i go to the dr's tomarrow for my fricking tennis elbow from heck....i have had 3 cortisone shots...some mediocre p.t., at a hmo...kaiser, yuck...

    anyways...not the p.t's fault just how they do business there...nothing for the fibro...just basically live w/it...

    well trying school out again..changing careers at almost 42 years of age...there has to be something i can do...but them taking care of this tennis elbow...forget the other name they call it...then now they just said in june just ice it...well i do and now i can hardly use it..and the carpal tunnel in both hands...are hurting...try grapping a pencil of a pen..or highlighter..

    well i can't wait to day is a long day...test in pshychology...i am so tired...i know i will be lucky to see straight...

    how the heck am i supposed to make it through a program..

    jodie
  6. upnorth

    upnorth New Member

    I rarely post here but saw your post about school and CFIDS and felt I could relate. I'm absolutely amazed you manage a family and school - impressive! I really hope your symptoms subside and I also hope pushing the envelope doesn't make things worse for you.

    THe first year and 1/2 I was sick with M.E./cfs I kept trying to work, but was just too sick to manage. I'd go back part-time for a few weeks then just get worse and worse (fevers, throat, head pressure, lymph nodes and crushing fatigue.)

    Once I finaly got to a knowledgable M.E./cfs specialist, she had me stop trying to work and I got on disability (which was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do). She said Resting and doing less than what I felt able was the only way she's seen people improve.

    Just last year, however, I started a Master's in Education program part-time. I took one course last spring and managed pretty well. This fall I'm trying two! I'm quite nervous because I was relapsed pretty bad for June and July (summers always seem bad for me) I was really sick and housebound - often bed-bound.

    However, I'm not too bad now (back to 60%) and the nice thing about school is I can do all my reading, research and writing at home (in bed if need be). Even the Library is online now.

    Anyway, I wish you luck in pursuing the nursing dream and I hope things go well for you this fall. On the other hand don't let yourself get too sick. Relapses can take months or even years to recover from (as you probably know) and just aren't worth it in the long run. Having pulled out of a two month one recently, I dread doing anything that would crash me again.

    Best of luck, and let us know how it goes,

    upnorth

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