Tuesday, July 26, 2011
If anyone would've told me eighteen months ago that I would be lookng forward to running, much less 2+ hours.....multiple times, I would have called the men with the funny white coats to take them away, BUT IT'S TRUE! And the closer that day comes, the more I am looking forward to my first half. To make it EVEN better, one of my favorite running buddies, who I don't get to run with except once a month or so has just signed up and is running her first with me!
Two weeks ago, we both ran our longest runs in our llives together and we are meeting up on Saturday early to do a 12 miler. The shorter runs we do alone since we live about 45 mins away from each other. We are getting together every other week for the long long runs though....meeting halfway for the runs.
That race is the Chicago Half-Marathon on 9/11 and then I have 5 weeks until my second ... where I am hoping to meet another Sparker (Nicholas - AbsoluteZero) and see my baby sis and her son, who I haven't seen in a few years now. This is going to be an awesome fall!!! WOOHOO!!!!!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Okay, here it is.....all my life, I have been cold (temperature wise), that is until midlife and the onset of perimenopause. It was kind of nice not being cold all the time but it didn't take long for the hot flashes to get old. And the older I got, the worse they got, until the past 3+ years when an uninterrupeted nights sleep was non-existent and for the past couple years I've had to change sheets every night or two, sleep with the ceiling fan on or the window cracked in winter etc etc etc...many of you ladies know exactly what I'm talking about. For the past year, every night I've been awaken 4-6 times and endured 12-18 moderate to severe hot flashes every day. I didn't want to risk going on HRT and the over the counter remedies, even when doubled up did little or no good.
Here's the exciting part....I agreed to take part in a double blind study, this is actually phase three and there has been great success in the first two phases, so if this phase is as successful, we could be looking at FDA approval as early as next year! The trial is for a drug called Mesafem - a VEY LOW dose of the drug that is also PAXIL (7.5mg day-yes, that's only 7.5 not 75). I am four days into the double blind portion of the study and there is NO DOUBT that I am getting the trial drug. I am sleeping through the night and the sleep is quality sleep. I thought I was fairly energetic before, but the results of the sound sleep are miraculous enough. I am also clearer headed and today, I may have had one moderate and two mild hot flashes....all day! For those of you still suffering the quality of life effects of hot flashes and for those of you who are yet to experience this....I am truly sorry! Believe me, I KNOW how it feels - and am dreading the day when this study ends, but there is hope. Pray for quick acceptance and approval from the FDA. It's amazing - you won't believe what a difference this makes and how much you've forgoten about feeling rested and having energy.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Last night I went to bed with high hopes of seeing eight uninterrupted hours of sleep. It has been so very long since I last managed that feat. I think the excitement of anticipation actually made it difficult for me to fall asleep, but I did and all was going well....for about 4 hours...then the storm hit, literally. You know, those driving rains with thunder and lightening and the works which usually make me sleep BETTER, but which also make our dogs INSANE! My sis did what she could, she let the dogs out and still, they simply would not settle down, so I wound up getting up to comfort our Golden (Maggie) until she calmed down. I did get back to sleep and got up at just before what would've been the 8.5 hour point. Let the dogs and cat back out and in and fed them and sparked some and ate breakfast and read a little and then...took a nap! Just a half hour or so, but for the first time in what seems like forever, I feel quite well rested, and so far today, am free of the symptoms that have been robbing me of my sleep for so long. My thinking seems to be clearer and I am preparing to have a productive weekend. Have three projects that I want to accomplish or at least make major progress on as long as I can stay focused.
I didn't quite reach my goal, but there will be other nights and like so many others lessons that I've learned and goals that I have set since I began my Spark journey, I have realized that this too is about progress and not perfection and the progress is reason enough to celebrate! WOOHOO!
Friday, July 22, 2011
It's almost 9:30pm and I have the weekend off, so normally I would not be cutting short the blog, but tonight, I have a date...........with Mr. Sandman. Yes, this will be the official fourth night of the clinical trial that I am participating in and each night (and subsequent day) has gone a little better. Not perfect, mind you, but a marked improvement. Enough that I slept for 7.5 hours without waking ip for the first time in months and months and months. Going for a new record tonight - gonna shoot for 8 or better consecutive hours. I even left a note for my sis that if the dogs get up before 6AM, they are on her! Can't wait to see what kind of energy I have when I get a second FULL night's sleep!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Today was a relatively light day at work - just 6 hours - and not much business due to the heat wave we areexperiencing this week. We hit 93 degrees with a heat index over 100...not very good for the home improvement industry. Doesn't exactly inspire you to get out and replace your windows. That worked out well for me though as I had an appointment with the clinician who is supervising my case in the clinical trial and the appointment was for 30 minutes after I was scheduled to be off work, and it's an hour's drive away. I had to answer a slew of questionaires and then picked up the first month of either the trial drug, or the first monthof a placebo. Should know something within the next four days. Apparently the subjects who have been receiving the real thing have been having tremendous success, so here's hoping.....off to bed (and my first dose)!
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