A few years ago I read about spoon theory. It was developed by a lady who I believe has lupus. At any rate, her life is hard and energy is scarce.
The general theme goes like this: at the beginning of any given day you have so many spoons to deal with for the day. These spoons are your allotment of energy. Getting dressed could take 1 and a half spoons. This isn't so bad if you have 75 spoons to deal with, but with degenerative diseases, a day will often offer only, say 22.
A person with normal reserves will have their spoons replenish after a bit of rest. Not so for those who are suffering with a limited energy output.
Sometimes I feel like I'm operating under spoon theory. I'm quite enjoying pregnancy, but after a poor sleep, my energy is lower (growing a baby takes a good deal of energy after all!) and I feel every single one of those spoons as I spend them.
Thankfully, a bit of rest and my spoons come back. How hard is must be for those whose spoons don't!
Today's been a bit of a harder day, but still I have plenty of spoons. It's my own fault really. I woke up in the middle of the night with a bit of a sore calf, so I stretched it, got a massive cramp and fell halfway out of bed saying, "ow ow ow ow".
At least I'm very aware that Adrian wakes up to my pain. My leg feels better, but I'm taking care of my spoons today. When I spend them willy-nilly I regret it the next day.
Be grateful for your abundant spoons! You have no idea how much of a blessing they are.