Photo of Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat, sound asleep. Caption reads: I could sleep for a week.


Blog post by Iris Carden

I’m exhausted at the moment.

Cold weather has been making my joints hurt more than usual.

I had my grandchild for most of the week, which made me tired. That makes anyone tired. But add the tiredness of an active child, to the fatigue and pain of lupus, and I’ve been out of action for days since she went home.

I will recover in a week or two. In the meantime, I’m sleeping a lot. I feel as if I could sleep for an entire week easily.

Of course, if I’m offered the opportunity to have my grandchild again, I’m taking it.

Living with fatigue and pain means I’m going to have unexpected bad days. Sometimes, there’s expected bad days. Sometimes, I cause my own bad days.

Sometimes the bad days are a price I’m willing to pay for the chance to do something I love, like having a few days with someone I love.


By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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