Today’s random realization, via my remembering that autistic sensory sensitivities can be to both external and internal stimuli, is that the dramatic fatigue I often experience between 3pm and 6pm likely is that afternoon slowdown many people experience but I seem to be more susceptible to needing to fall down; eating carbs doesn’t really help me. Like many autistic sensitivities, my reaction seems “out of proportion” (by typical standards) to the instigating stimulus. This realization came to mind because as I’m fighting off a urinary tract infection, I get not only fatigued between 3pm and 6pm but I get chills—my already-taxed system from dealing with infection is rearing a symptom when that system hits a natural sensitivity that already presents as fatigue.