Fertility & Exhaustion: Do you have an off Switch?

My husband has this wonderful internal mechanism that simply marvels me. What is it?

An off switch.

This concept of stopping when tired, of shutting the computer off and taking a nap when feeling sleepy, is completely novel to me.

At first, ok truthfully for the last nine years, I termed this switch as being “lazy” or “unmotivated.” I have come to realize however that what it is is a life jacket during the sinking of the Titanic, it is the eject button on a jet with all engines shut down. That off
switch is what keeps him sane while I spiral into the land of the walking dead.

Animals, and some humans, do this naturally. Because I am not one of them, I am the observer. Watching I am mystified. It’s like watching Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. I’m riveted because you see, it works.

Today when I wandered down from my office to get some water I found: Isabella (dog #1) asleep on her bed on the patio, Sophie (dog #2) conked out on the living room couch, Samson & Brutus (cats #1 & #2) dreaming away at the foot of the bed, and husband #1 (and only) asleep in said bed.

Out of the six of us, I was the only one who clearly didn’t get it. Though I had barely slept the night before and was going cross-eyed from working on revisions since 7am, I had refused to allow myself to stop, turn off, and to take a break.

An exhausted body is not a body prone to conception. It is a body pulling from reserves just to make it through the day.

So perhaps today is a good day for each of us to flip the switch to off, jump under the covers, and join the smart ones in our lives for a good old fashioned nap.

Take time today to turn off and to consequently turn your fertility on. Your body and your future child will thank you for it.

One comment

  1. Wonderfully wise as usual. I may need to print out the off-switch picture and put it somewhere I can see it!

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