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  1. Hi Phil As Subs said, no need to apologise, its what we're all here for. Fatigue is a huge, and somewhat unknown, result of SAH - some suffer, some don't. Mine didn't really disappear or abate for about 5 years. I was back at work really quite soon and two years on was working from 9am to 6pm - it was horrendous. I'd come home and fall asleep for an hour and then still sleep for 8 hours a night. I can honestly say that it took a good 5 to 6 years for it to calm down. I now work in a very busy school office from 8am to 4pm and the mental energy is still draining, but I can do it. However, I still have very little energy to exercise - even if I wanted to - it was something I did 3 or 4 times a week (step aerobics, running, swimming). The hardest thing was accepting that this was "new" me and I had to stop comparing what I could do to what I used to be able to do. It's a difficult thing to do, but I found it helped me. It may be worth getting your family, employer and even your GP to look at this site to see that fatigue after SAH is a very real thing and if anything causes the depression, not the other way around. Remember, we're all to encourage, listen and understand what you're going through. Take care
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  2. Hello Phil, please don`t apologise for sharing how you are feeling. As has been said so many times, we are all here for each other, and getting support and help through the `down` moments is one of the main reasons this BTG site was formed. I was just revisiting your first post when you joined BTG in March 2017. You like many have been very fortunate to survive at all. I am sure you will agree that much of the great advice given by our members back then still applies to your situation today. Working in a high powered stressful environment and taking part in the various physical activities (your 100 mile cycle run) all seem so unachievable now, and you still having to work so hard to provide for your family post SAH is probably the main factor in your continued fatigue. Many of our members feel that fatigue and have not been able to return to work. Getting to that place where you and your family and employers can strike a balance that enables you to feel you are productive at work and also in your home life is so essential. I am sure that our members will share their experiences with you, and I hope that you can once again begin to live with accepting that life after SAH is going to need many changes by yourself and those around you. You can draw on your previous willpower to make this new life a reality so that you can find positivity in building your future again. Face these difficult decisions together and act on what you feel will be best for you. Take care and I wish you well for these challenging times ahead,. Subs
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