Saturday, February 9, 2008

Stuck On Funk

Over the past 9 years (since Paige's birth) my emotions have run the gamut.

Some days my meter reads happy or content.

Some days my meter reads angry or sad.

During these 9 years, the needle has even landed on funk. The funks stays for a few days and then I am able to pick myself back up and move on. It has never lasted for more than a few days and has never happened more than once or twice a year.

Unfortunately, my needle seems to be stuck on funk right now. Rusted in place. It's been this way for a few weeks. I can't pinpoint what caused the needle to stick but I'm desperately looking for the oil can.


Anonymous said...

Stacy, emotions, whether highs or lows, have a life of their own. They run their course despite our wanting the funk to be over (or the joy to last forever).

Till your energy returns, take good care of yourself: comfort activities, comfort foods, treats and favors for yourself. Get the rest of the family involved in treating you like a queen, as well.

Oh, and take vitamins and drink lots of watter, and get some 6-hours or more blocks of sleep.

Chris and Vic

Kristie McNealy said...


I totally relate. It seems like I spent a major part of my last pregnancy stuck in a funk, especially once I went into preterm labor again. My new diet imposed by our youngest child's food allergies has been putting me in one of those "why can't things ever go right?" kind of funks all over again. Sometimes I feel like I just can't win, and a lack of ice cream and chocolate just isn't helping!


terri w/2 said...

Stacy - you've dealt with a tremendous amount of issues recently - add to that the winter. .don't know where you live, but here in the upper midwest, it's been snow and super cold. It sucks.

I had heard recently from a gal who is an RN that she had gone on antidepressants during the winter, but in the past few years, even they have stopped working. She has found good relief with Vitamin D. It may not work for everyone, but hey, it's inexpensive and worth a shot. Seems plausible that we'd be deficient with the lack of outdoor activities.

Anyway, I'd also suggest chocolate, bubble baths, wine and if you can afford it, a massage.

Catherine said...

Hope you shake the funk soon.

On recent posts -- seems like everything is bad for the bones. I guess BB's are so bad no one even really worries since we have about zero options most of the time . . . stomach, thyroid, etc. Sure seems like there should be something . . . better . . . someday.

Anonymous said...

I've been there, completely understand. Sometimes, for me, the funk is a way for me to keep from going nuts. A stablizing factor. Or sometimes, I'm just plain worn out. Whatever it is you've got going on, I hope you feel better soon


Joan said...

Winter can be a factor. Years of stress of dealing with our children's issues - often stress without support - unrelenting stress, also leaves a kind of numbness in its wake.

Walks in the sunshine, Vitamin D as suggested, positive thoughts, journaling your dreams to see if any untapped riches are there, and somehow, getting a break from it all which is easier said than done, I know!

Perhaps a quick trip to a warm climate to bask in the sun for a few days. I know - difficult financially for most of us - but there are all kinds of cheap rates out there.


The Preemie Experiment said...

Thanks to all of you for your well wishes.

I think the problem is that the issues we deal with are getting layered on top of each other. Take one layer, examine it, and it won't seem so bad.

Take the dysautonomia for example. In the scope of life it isn't that serious (as long as there is no cardiac involvement).

Unfortunately, there are many layers. One after another and they add up to one big mass of stress.

I've identified the layer that sent me over the edge. We've been dealing with school issues that did not seem to have a solution. I am crossing my fingers that it will be better now that we've spoken (again) with Paige's teacher.

Thanks again for the support everyone!!

The Preemie Experiment said...


I can totally relate to what you are saying about allergies. When Tyler was about 16 months old he was diagnosed with a life threatening peanut allergy (along with tree nuts). I felt like a semi truck ran me over. Then it backed up and ran over me again.

Just another layer. Ugh.

Brooke said...

It happens. As a bi-polar depressive, i'll admit, i do start to panic when i get stuck on funk for more than a few days. However, i just remind myself that it always happens, usually whenever the weather is taking a turn for the worst. The bleak days of February always do me in.

It lifts, usually out of nowhere. But go ahead, be bummed, and spend a few hours wrapped up in a cozy blanket & ignore the world. Sometimes that's just what you need. : ]