a reply to: Night Star
Good Morning Shedlandia,
My apologies for my lack of activity here... Real Life getting in the way again I'm afraid.
I've actually been stupidly busy since coming back from holiday.
EVERYBODY wants everything NOW (or sooner!).
I worked flat-out on a BIG signage job, design on Sunday, production all day Monday and part of Tues morning, then installation on Tues afternoon and
evening. Didn't get home until 9.30pm then (having started work at 7.15am).
I overdid it big-time to get the job done, but my Chronic Fatigue has reared its ugly head again and I'm now paying the price.
I decided to "take it easy" yesterday, there were a couple of small jobs to do, but I hadn't given definite timescales for completion so they could be
put off until today/tomorrow.
But, mid-morning I got a call from one of my customers... his next door neighbours old shop-sign (NOT one of mine!) had come adrift from the wall
outside the shop, and was hanging dangerously - directly above the pavement (sidewalk) where the customers and general public walk by.
His neighbours shop is closed and the guy is very difficult to get hold of, so he didn't know who else to call.
I had to go and make it safe (as best I could) and the weather was just horrible.
The sign was decades old and had a big old heavy timber frame, but the board that it was nailed onto (to fix it to the wall) had rotted away
completely! I could put my finger straight through it!! So I had to make up a make-shift timber support to make it safe, on top of a ladder in the
Needless to say, I am now completely knackered.
(For those who don't know... I've had chronic fatigue for about 12 or 13 years now.
It's absolutely fine unless I "overdo" things, and then it becomes a nightmare.
I compare it to being like a mobile phone powered by an old battery.
The phone still works perfectly fine, but the battery life is very short and when it drains - the phone just shuts down.
That's what it's like. I can work perfectly fine, but have to do shorter hours than most or my system just "shuts down". The aches & pains are just
awful, and you feel like you haven't slept in months.
It takes about 2 or 3 days of doing nothing to charge the battery back up again, but how often do we have the luxury of being able to do nothing for 3
I gave up my career in IT because of this, and set up my own company so that I could work to my own schedule, but sometimes the pressures sneak up on
you and you don't realise you've pushed too hard until it's too late.)
I've just noticed that I'm rambling. Another side-effect of the fatigue I'm afraid.
I'll stop here.
I just wanted to explain.