Excellent advice! And yes, when I feel that afternoon "slump" & start to get the blues, if I'm home (which is almost always now haha) I do take a nap & it does help! It also advances the time from afternoon to dinner time & that seems to help as well. Gramps, you are correct--when we feel good in the AM, we often get some things done & may over-exert ourselves, only to have it "catch up" to us after lunchtime. My doc said that as long as it wouldn;'t be a feeling I have all day, every day for weeks, that he didn't think it was depression, altho I did concur that pain & esp CP can cause those mood changes + the meds do too. He said to just watch it, do what I felt would help ( nap, meditate, etc) & that it should imporove as I continue to heal.
The weather here (Wisconsin) bears on it also, I feel. When you can't get outside & it's day after day of cold, dark, damp weather, like we had all winter, it doesn't help either! Now that Spring is here (sort of...) I find that getting out for a walk in the sunshine helps also.
Toritoo, I like your idea of the nap/quiet time & your example of when your little one would get grumpy/whiny in the afternoon...how well I remember that w/ my daughter & granddaughter! After their naps, they were like different children! All bright-eyed & bushy-tailed again!
So I will try all the suggestions & also just let time do its healing job. Another thing: those of us who are not working now, due to our receoveries or CP or both, that has changed our daily routines too. When I was teaching, afternoons were math/science time, then recess, then quiet reading b4 the busses would come. There was no time for me to feel "blue" & of course I was doing what I love, so why would I feel that way anyhow! Now home, waiting to fuse some more, I feel that loss & that could factor into the cause too. Just thought of that!
Anway, I love how we all support each other & I always read every post....thank you all for your your great advice & support--it's like getting a gentle hug from someone dear, who pats you kindly & says, "There, there, it'll all be OK." I think it will !
Nov. 06-- Lammy @ L4, removal of spinal cystic tumor @ L4/5(benign)
Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak. 2nd surgery caused sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot, increased spinal instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & worsened DDD @ L4/5
Jan. 08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery w/pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time) & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after total discectomy @ L4/5. Good relief from sciatica & leg/nerve pain, tho some residual CP--hope to be "Healing Well"...