When can we say we have recovered from Chronic Fatigue? This is an interesting question and I don’t think it has a definite answer. It is as if you just have to keep on pedaling and forget about the finish line. Then one day you wake up and realise that you crossed it – you don’t know when – but you definitely crossed it.
I asked Luca ( our 7 year old currently recovering from Chronic Fatigue ) yesterday how he was feeling. He said “OK”. Then I said “If you didn’t have Chronic Fatigue what would you do now?” His eyes lit up and he said “Well, I’d probably go to Nine-springs Park and go and see the ducks” Knowing by my motherly intuition that Luca was OK for this today I said “OK, let’s go then”. His face was a picture of delight because we were already at a point in his recovery where we were going to parks but I believe my comment started him believing that he was actually well enough to do what he wanted to do. He suddenly opened himself to the possibility of being better and this fueled just a little more hope and a little more energy.
Of course you can never outsmart Chronic Fatigue. Luca did have a good week, we did pull the elastic that little bit further. We all saw the possibility of him being better and we celebrated that. But we’re still pedaling . . .