I’m still waiting on bloodwork results – maybe up to three more days. But, I’m finding I’m a feeling a little lighter each day now that I’ve named my enemy and have sought help. I’ve actually had an unexpected increase in energy that has allowed me to clean my kitchen, living room, and my bedroom. My house feels more open without all of the clutter. I don’t know how long this will last, though, so I’m trying to take advantage of it.
Why blood work for depression?
If I haven’t actually said yet what we are checking for with my bloodwork, let me give you a quick rundown. We decided to do a full normal panel, and then added tests to check levels for: thyroid, Estrogen, Progesterone, vitamin D, and the vitamin Bs. I’ve been wondering about my hormone levels for about 6 months, so checking them will help answer those questions too.
I don’t believe my depression is typical. I feel “meh” or uninspired to do much of anything, feeling extremely tired most of the time. Though, it’s weird because I can go workout or play volleyball for a couple of hours without too much issue. The tired feeling is more than just exhaustion when it hits; it’s a heavy feeling. Like my skin is made of heavy chain-male and lifting eyelids or arms or my cheeks to smile takes great effort. My metabolism has slowed too. Despite increasing my physical activity of the last few months I’ve slowly and steadily been gaining weight.
I’m trying to use this time to focus on things that bring me comfort – reading, drawing patterns for Christmas ornaments, and embroidery projects. I’m also working on being more intentional about spending time with my kids. If nothing else, I know that all of this is reminding me that as a mom of a 2yo & 5yo, and a wife to a busy husband, that I need to slow down or I’m going to miss SOOO much I’ll regret later on. So, in the spirit of slowing down… ’till next time.
“Sometimes, when life feels overwhelming, the best thing we can do is to just hit pause for a little while.”Jenni Young
Want to follow my journey navigating depression? You can find all of the info here, from the beginning, and follow along as I continue along this path of caring for my mental health.
Has depression impacted your life, or are you unsure if you need help? Feel free to contact me or leave a comment and begin some dialogue. There’s no need to suffer alone.