Hello again everyone, Well if you haven't noticed by now, I am really trying to stay employed, before I use the last resort of trying to get disability. If you still work full-time, how do you: ~ ever go to weddings or showers or parties family reunions on the weekend? meaning--how do you pace/plan for it? ~ deal with your kids' school Open Houses and Parent/Teacher conferences, when all you want to do is go to bed at 7pm (when they often start)? ~ get your grocery-shopping done? ~ plan your wardrobe/get your clothes washed and ironed for the week? ~ plan your dinners-----do you cook ahead and freeze, allocate money for a few days of takeout, or delegate cooking to your spouse or older kids? ~ how do you have energy to go to a place of worship during the week after work and on the weekends (when you need to catch up on sleep)? do you just skip the weeknights and go to an early service on the weekend and say hi to people as you are walking out? ~ return personal phone calls? do you wait until the weekend or just have people call you for a few minutes at work (since you are already in an environment where you might have to take phone calls)m or tell people to email you or text message you on your cellphone? ~ ever have energy for intimacy with your spouse or significant other? ~ ever have short, small gatherings? do you reserve a party room only for a short period of time to ensure that your home is clear for rest when you need it to be? or are gatherings a no-no at this point? ~ find energy to take a shower or bath when you are too stiff to stand up and walk (and if you use a shower seat/bench your hair will get wet because the water will soak right through your shower cap PLUS if you take a bath, you might not be able to climb out of the tub)? Okay, that's all for now. But if you can answer my questions providing the strategies that you use, that'll be so grand.