Even though I completed residency 13 years ago, I still feel as if I haven't fully recovered. This feeling probably has something to do with years of sleep deprivation and then going on to have four kids and starting a business. I am also anemic and have celiac disease, which went undiagnosed for a very long time. In other words: I don't flinch very much when I feel fatigued, because honestly, I'm almost always a little bit on the tired side.
That's why when I got sick in September—with body pain, headaches, and bone-crushing fatigue—I didn't read into it too much. The kids were just back in school, which means a lot of extra germs floating around the house, and it's not unusual for me to come down with something. Luckily, the joint pain and headaches went away after a week. The fatigue, however, lingered for a long time, and I started to suspect this wasn't just a normal cold or flu.