The electricity was still on this morning and it looks like Vector turned the hot water heating on overnight as well so I had a lovely hot shower. After feeling so sticky and horrible yesterday it felt so good to be clean.

As noted I've been having ongoing problems with fatigue. For example Saturday I had a full night's sleep, then was up for 2 hours then asleep for 4 or 5 then up for a few hours and then a full night's sleep. I don't know if it's Champix, a flu' like illness that Wifi Wifey and I have both had, or possibly some other medical condition. There's no way I want to risk being taken off the Champix early so I'm reduced to self diagnosis.

Despite the above confusion, I've been seriously thinking of halving my Champix dose, mainly as a way to work out if it is actually the Champix. I've been reading comments by people who have reduced their Champix dose because of insomnia. They find the cravings are greatly increased & I don't want to be dealing with any increased desire for inhalable salads. I've decided for now to keep taking the full Champix dose, but I'm closely monitoring the situation.

Yesterday I forgot the morning one & didn't run out of energy. Today I deliberately took the morning one & the evening one and haven't felt the exhaustion yet. Tomorrow I'll take the morning does and monitor my progress. If I start feeling done-in early to mid afternoon I may try moving my tablet times to later in the day & just before bed.

As a footnote, WW had a bad night's sleep the last two nights because of another problem. Early afternoon today she hit the wall and needed a nap. She thinks it was the broken sleep; I'm not convinced that the flu-like illness wasn't involved & am watching there as well.

Usually writing these entries out helps to clarify things in my mind. Today I'm as confused as when I started. Oh well, let's find out if tomorrow is really another day.

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    SusyQ said:
    06 October 2014

    Sorry to hear Bruce. I hope it really does ease up soon. Nothing worse than broken sleep!

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    JohnnyRED said:
    06 October 2014

    Maybe you two should visit GP for some antibiotics if you're still feeling weak? Must be the weather of late winter early spring.

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    aimee7 said:
    06 October 2014

    Yes, maybe a trip to the gp. Get some blood tests done to make sure your vitamin levels are all ok. My body can't absorb vit b12 which results in very low energy. I have regular shots. It could be just a virus but it has been going on for a while now for both of you. Best to get a check up. Glad the power stayed on, my friend couldn't go anywhere as his car was in the garage with an electric door...bugger!

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    Nana22 said:
    06 October 2014

    Hey Bruce. There's every chance that the decision to stay on champix or not would be left to you if the exhaustion is the only problem. I really wouldn't wait too much longer to get things checked out, but you know you best so that's up to you. Maybe changing the times or doses as others have said might do the trick. I really hope things improve for you soon.

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    fugly said:
    06 October 2014

    Hey Bruce, Go see the GP, better to be safe than sorry mate, Hugs mate, keep up the great work...

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    Fluffy said:
    06 October 2014

    Yeah you never know what it could be, even calling healthline might be worth a try first of. I had the whole fatigue thing a while ago, turned out to be low iron, which also caused problems sleeping (and I'm not that great at sleeping at the best of times) mainly because of restless leg syndrome. Also I'm on the champix alternative, the side effects feel much milder

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    Julia C said:
    07 October 2014

    I know you guys are right & thankyou for that. I will go to the doctor if this becomes long term or if it starts getting much worse. Meanwhile there are reasons I don't want to discuss here why I'm not ready for that step yet.