Dear people, I read many of the posts about pacing and still have some questions. Biggest one is: How is it done? I understand one needs to figure out how much energy exists and then not use it all. But my energy meter seems to be either broken or non-existent. All I do know is that one day out in The World means at least one day when no one sees me since I'm knocked flat into bed. Such as today. Helper drove me to a grocery store for a few needed things, we then had lunch, and I am wiped out!! Stupidly asked my dr about pacing a couple of days ago. Dr "I know about CFS and how to treat it" didn't know what I was talking about. That's not really surprising since he refused to write order for ABX despite the fact I had big need of such; the usual sinus, sore throat, lymph issues we all know too much about. After a month of dealing with his doing nothing for me, I flat-out TOLD him I needed at least one course of antibiotics. Am halfway through the second course now and am not getting better as fast as he thinks I should. Right. It's my fault he wouldn't do anything for me when I asked him to. This boy seemingly can't just feel the swollen lymphs, no. He has to poke his fingers into the lumps until I push his hands away and tell him to stop. He responds, just like clock-work, "Oh, did that hurt?" Uh, yeah. Infected and swollen glands hurt, doc. So his next question was "Have you cut your hands recently? That could be the thing that's causing the infections...." was just too annoying. This know-all-about-CFS person is a lying sack of excrement and will be replaced if I can find someone who 1)accepts my insurance and 2)really does know how to treat the dd. One thing he hasn't learned yet is that not all of us can handle steroids. I'm tired of being offered steroids at each appt and having to explain I'm allergic to the things, they can knock down what little immune system we have, etc. I'm sorry, this sincerely DID start out as a How To Pace question and turned into "My dr is a ____ fool" rant. Please accept apologies! Now. HOW does one pace, please? Thanks in advance, Lea.