I am an introvert by nature. I find being in large groups of people to be very draining. I tend to avoid social occasions and parties. Once I am at a social event I am usually fine, however you will see me sitting by myself out of choice. I also like to have social events at my house that way I don’t have to go anywhere. If I did not have a job, I think I could quite happily never leave the house. However, I am quite social on the internet. I am plugged into and addicted to facebook. I used twitter for a while but it really did not do much for me. I prefer the interactivity of facebook.
I have a number of friends who are quite extroverted and they really don’t understand why I don’t want to go out or be social. I think it is hard for them to understand that while they thrive on being in these kinds of situations and actually gain energy from them it is the opposite for me. After a large gathering of any kind, I need a couple of hours quiet time in order to recover.
When I am sick this is exaggerated. I saw very fewnpeople over Christmas and that was fine with me. I simply needed the time to relax, regroup and recharge. So, to all of my extrovert friends, be patient, I am sure I will be back to my somewhat more normal self soon. The incident in November is still plaguing me with low hemoglobin counts and I just don’t have the energy.