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Crutches, Addictions, and Emotional Healing

Friday, September 16, 2011

Was it a real challenge? Did I make it up? I think on one of my teams, We Blog, a challenge was posted about crutches. I struggled. What crutches do I use? I am so cussedly independent and take on many personal challenges by looking forward, seeing the process as important as the end result - just do it. Crutches?

But this was not always so. Not many people who have not known me over decades know how I struggled with addictions. My parents. I have written about my parents before - they were awesome human beings, incredibly talented and incredibly humanitarian. They were assets to the world in many ways and the loss of them is still profound to me. However, they were not your June and Ward Cleaver parents. They had their own demons and addictions to contend with, which often interfered with parenting in a more traditional sense. My childhood was stressed by the weight of their deep emotional unhappiness, and the results of their addictions. It was also stressed by what as an adult would be defined as dyslexia and ADHD. At the time of my childhood, it was defined as 'Underachiever' as my intellect was so much greater than my academic achievement.

I'm not whining. That's just the way it was. I was in many ways a happy child, given a lot of freedom and independence, and given the gifts of art and music which I filled many happy hours with. But those spaces that I did not understand or know how to cope with increasingly interfered with my self esteem and self confidence. Quite early in teenhood, I followed the path of my parents, and yes, even some of my grandparents.... the alcohol (and drug) solution. From teenhood through my early adult life, I battled the demons of addictions. It was an easy fix. Alcohol abounded in my home, and it was the '60's, there were plenty of chemical cures for my discomfort.

Yes. I had emotional crutches, used them, cherished them. And paid a pretty big price for it.

Perhaps my salvation lay in being thrust into a group of people, a commune, who believed in growing their own food, healthy eating, cherishing their minds and bodies. I happened into this at a time in my life when my physical and emotional health was at a dangerous low. These were the people who launched me into who I am now. Offering wholesome nutrition, yoga, meditation, warm and loving care, and not putting up with any of my crap, this group of people saw me through that hard time and launched me toward health, both physical and emotional. For those of you who have held hippies in distain, these were the prototypical hippies and if they didn't actually save my physical life, they saved my emotional and spiritual life.

So many years have passed since then. I forget that I was not always as strong and balanced as I am. Yet that vulnerable child is still within me and a source of my compassion for both children and adults who struggle with the unmanageable and unimaginable.

I realized as I sorted this out, I do indeed have crutches. I have learned to substitute chemical cures to my emotional upheavals with physical ones. I am reliant on exercise to help me through tough times. A few times, I have tried dealing with the most painful parts of my life by seeing a psychiatrist, but discovered that the true path to recovery and self discovery for me is physical challenge. The more bottomed out emotionally I am, the greater my need for extreme physical challenge is. Is it the ADHD? I don't know, but the very act of working out hard, often uncovers the path I need to follow to regain emotional health and deep perspective.

The blame game is a waste of time and energy. I have nothing but compassion for my parents who dealt with their pain in the ways they knew how, and my younger self who followed their example through lack of a better understanding of how to effectively deal with emotional pain. I like who I am. No, I love who I am. And my parents and my dysfunctional young journey are a part of me that give me strength and perspective. Do I wish I didn't have to go through the rough road I travelled? Sure. But the past is not undone, it is built on. How we build on that foundation is up to us on a daily basis. We can choose to use it in a positive way, or we can play the role of victim and let it weaken us instead. Whatever your trials, your pain, your struggles, they can be the very tools that propel you forward into a richer and fuller life.




"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. "
Dalai Lama

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/3/2011 1:17AM

    i like what you have said here, and it is so well put.

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SM-ARTGIRL 9/24/2011 11:17AM

    Coincidence!
I happened upon your blog just now as I was just wondering whether to post my thoughts on something similar.
I love your emotional maturity, respect and compassion for your parents and for yourself. That you embrace the gifts of your younger life experiences reveals a woman of both fitness and integrity.
I feel so encouraged.
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BADASSBLONDIE 9/22/2011 5:46PM

    Thank you for sharing this. It must have taken a lot of courage. *hugshard* I love the woman you are too.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/21/2011 5:43AM

    Were we not who we were, we would not be who we are.

I like the trade off. After slogging through the crap I enjoy who I have become.

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NANHBH 9/20/2011 4:33PM

    Great blog! What a God-send those "hippies" were!
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MARY1313 9/20/2011 10:34AM

    Your blog reminds me of myself. Yes I had the same crutches. and i grew up in the age of hippies. I've always had a little hippie in me and always will.

this blog also reminded me of a poem I read years ago.

The Woman I Am
Unknown

The woman I am
Hides deep in me
Beneath the woman
I seem to be.

She hides away
From the stranger’s eye—
She is not known
To the passers-by.

She goes her way,
The woman I seem,
But the woman I am
Withdraws to the dream!

The woman I seem
Goes carelessly—
When love goes by
Does not seem to see.

But the woman I am
Knows sudden fear…
And hides more deeply
When love draws near!

For love might look closely
Perhaps… and see
Her beneath the woman
I seem to be!

Great blog, thanks for sharing your life with me.

Mary

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MCGS62 9/19/2011 4:09PM

    Nice, soul searching and well written .
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GOLIGHTLY344 9/18/2011 11:43PM

    Compassion learned by your own life's journey. The children who have you as their teacher are so blessed and respected. Thank you.

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TEDDYTEDDY 9/17/2011 11:46AM

    Very nice blog...thought of sharing this with my daughter but reconsidered. Perhaps she will find it herself. emoticon

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TRULYVISIBLE 9/17/2011 11:10AM

  You have a good head on your shoulder, girl. There can be gifts from ones negative experiences. Your childhood helped define the amazing woman you are today who is helping shape children in a magical way that is unique onto you.

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THISYEARSMODEL 9/17/2011 9:25AM

    Beautiful blog! Thank you.

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CHALLENGER15 9/17/2011 7:21AM

    What a wonderful blog! I am so glad that I happened upon it this morning. It spoke to several issues that I am going through right now.

Thank you!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/16/2011 11:11PM

    Wow. I just cannot believe how much this blog reminds me of MYSELF! How I needed to read this AT THIS TIME! I am currently (as you know) trying to find the right drug that can help my ADHD and it is not easy! I have just grown so weary of racing ahead in my mind to compensate for the chaos in my wild brain! I decided that now that I have the depression under control, my health is perfect, well, it's time to work on finding a way to focus once and for all!

YOUR BLOG GIVES ME HOPE! And, a POSITIVE way to look at things!

Thank you, sweet friend! I appreciate this blog more than you know! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/16/2011 10:40PM

    Like you I'm "of that generation" so strongly influenced by the hippie initiatives . . . and I'll never lose my crunchy granola soul, never (although I might not be immediately apparent on superficial examination of the current incarnation!)

My drug of choice is quite definitely endorphins from exercise. And: just a little caffeine, my only remaining sin . . . or so I like to say.

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IUHRYTR 9/16/2011 10:16PM

    You have me thinking now of my crutches. Thanks for the insight. -- Lou

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VALERIEMAHA 9/16/2011 6:57PM

    This song should be dedicated to YOU! Do you sing this one, songbird? Thanks for sharing the insights and amazing reflections.

I AM WOMAN

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

CHORUS
Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
'cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman
Oh, I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
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Ukuleles, Kids, and Me in the News

Thursday, September 15, 2011



I don't post recognizable pics of the children on line, but since this is in the news and online, I'll make an exception.

The local paper wanted to publish an article about what we are doing at school this year. The reporter was excited about the ukuleles, so she added photos of my uke class to the article. Here's the link to the article:

ysnews.com/news/2011/09/the-antioch-
school—-a-grand-experiment-going-strong


I though she wrote a pretty good article, and the pics are pretty sweet.

  
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AQUAJANE 9/21/2011 8:14PM

    emoticon Thanks for posting.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/19/2011 5:07PM

    Well done! Ukuleles are very much the in thing right now, we have the Wellington International Ukulele orchestra... Such a happy sound.

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THISYEARSMODEL 9/17/2011 9:31AM

    Love it! Besides...who doesn't love saying the word ukulele? emoticon

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MARY1313 9/16/2011 11:49AM

    This was a really good article! Loved it!

Mary

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TISHTOES 9/16/2011 3:59AM

    Nice article. I shared it on FB. Nice to see a school that is doing it right!

A school's job is to cultivate, not dictate.


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PUDLECRAZY 9/15/2011 5:01PM

    LOL! It is basically a 4 room schoolhouse. There is a nursery, a kindergarten, the Younger Group (1st, 2nd, 3rd grades) and the Older Group (4th, 5th, 6th grades.) I teach the Older Group, so I am the Older Group teacher. However, at our school we refer to the groups as the YG and the OG, so I am called the OG teacher. In truth, I AM the older teacher. There is one other teacher the same age and we have been there basically the same amount of time - I've been teaching there for 22 years, and she has been teaching there for 23 years.

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IUHRYTR 9/15/2011 4:08PM

    Terrific publicity and emoticon positive reinforcement for the students and their emoticon teacher. emoticon! -- Lou

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NANHBH 9/15/2011 12:54PM

    Very cool! Wish I had attended a school like this!
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Why do they call you the "older" group student teacher? I get that it refers to the children being older, but it sounds like they are calling YOU older!
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MCGS62 9/15/2011 11:40AM

    Good Job!!!!! glad you are getting recognition!!! emoticon emoticon

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TRULYVISIBLE 9/15/2011 11:01AM

  I am so into this time of school for at least grammar school and Jr High school kids. I think public school should adapt this type of teaching and way of thinking. I especially like the mental survival skills these students get. I think it breeds mentally well rounded kids. These kids become leaders in life and not followers and develop an adult life that works for them. Public schools usually breed kids to be followers and follow what adults think are best for them.

How great for you to be a teacher in this type of environment.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/15/2011 10:32AM

    WOW! That is really neat! I am so proud for you that you got your sweet class recognized in the news! That's fantastic! Great article! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 9/15/2011 10:12AM

    It's weird that it didn't come up on the article. You can look on the right hand side of the page and click on Village Schools to get to it if the link did not work.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/15/2011 9:11AM

    That's just totally cool-esque! LOVE the photo. But durn it anyway, the linkt pulled up YSNEWS.com page, but NOT the story -- WAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!
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BILLTMAN 9/15/2011 9:06AM

    Hey Chris, I love ukuleles. The first one I owned was back in the early 70's. A baritone with a really narrow neck. I wish I had that one back. By the way, my pianist at the church where I'm serving as music director is a retired elementary music teacher. She is an avid ukulele player as well and used the instrument in her teaching much like you do. Good for you and thanks for sharing.

Also, ukuleles are very popular right now. Becky was going to get me a new baritone for Christmas this past year but the music store sold out before she could get one.

Bill

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THEBILLY 9/15/2011 9:00AM

    That's just ukin' fantastic!

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LMB-ESQ 9/15/2011 6:51AM

    What a great article! And a great pic too! Look at you.... you're famous! LOL emoticon emoticon

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Stability Ball At Work

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Stability Ball At Work, and I mean that both ways. I have it at my 'desk' at school, and I am loving the way it works. If making minor physical adjustments to the bounciness (or slight instability) of the ball helps build core strength, then it is doing its job. When I am seated on it, the slightest movement in any direction creates an opportunity for my core to readjust. I am not certain whether there is any actual science behind this theory, but if there is, then my core is strengthening as I sit. One advantage that I am sure of is that the chair does bring attention to my posture and encourages correct alignment of my hip, back, and neck, something that is very important, both with the hip, back, and neck injuries I sustained and with the effects aging has on posture.

I have read warnings that people should build up to using the stability chair slowly, but I have not found this to be the case for me, probably because of my yoga and Pilates training. If you decide to try one for yourself, you might want to start out using it more gradually if you haven't already concentrated on core exercises.



My students are in awe of it and think it is totally cool. So far, they have asked my permission to use it and no one has messed around with it. I plan to let one child a week earn the use of it for part of Friday mornings as an incentive to get classwork (accurately) finished in a timely manner.

My good friend recently purchased a weighted stability ball. There is sand on the bottom of it that helps it stay in one place when you sit on it. I think this would be an economical substitute for the stability ball chair. Right now, I would recommend a stability ball chair or a weighted stability ball for when you are sitting around... say Sparking, watching TV (oh horrors!), and at work if your workplace allows for it. I find mine both comfortable and energizing.

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Get on the ball and have fun!

  
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IUHRYTR 9/15/2011 4:10PM

    They probably think their teacher is pretty cool, too. -- Lou

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TISHTOES 9/15/2011 2:59AM

    Good info, thanks.


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BILLTMAN 9/14/2011 7:29AM

    So, you will eventually be really "hard core"

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/14/2011 12:01AM

    Wow, that looks wonderful! I would use it too. I will wait till the price goes down. Thanks for telling us about it.

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ARLENE_MOVES 9/13/2011 6:44PM

    Thanks for the update. I've been waiting to hear how it is working out. Totally awesome!!!

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PUDLECRAZY 9/13/2011 5:38PM

    I ordered the stability ball with chair, DVD, and exercise tubes from Gaiam:

http://www.gaiam.com/
category/group/landing/balance-
ball-chair.do?SID=WG101SPRTAPEM
ACS&code=AFLOGOPSFS100&extcmp=p
s_b_b&OVMTC=e&OVKEY=gaiam%20bal
ance%20ball%20chair×tamp=2
0110913213311&creative=975265&adcid=5092713

The chair base has wheels so you can roll it around, but also brakes you can put on the wheels.

Jim, it is MUCH more fun than a regular chair, especially for us wiggly folk.

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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2011 5:28PM

    So cool: and great idea to work with it as a motivator for your students too. You are teaching them so much in so many different ways!

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MCGS62 9/13/2011 3:43PM

    Have a Ball !!! for the time being I have to stick to squeezing the middle out of my pillow while watching dvd's when I have them
looks like as more fun than a normal chair.

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KASEYCOFF 9/13/2011 3:01PM

    I've been tinkering with the idea of getting one, but hadn't made up my mind. But you've (to put it in the local lingo) sparked me, so I think I'll give it a try!
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MAWRTIAN 9/13/2011 2:57PM

    Oh YES! I'm going to get one of these!!

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MARY1313 9/13/2011 2:19PM

    That is a cool thing! Yep I can see that between the ukes and the ball chair, the kids are thinking they have the coolest teacher in the universe!!!! They would be right!

Mary

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GOSPELCLOWN 9/13/2011 10:48AM

    I have never even seen the black support of the ball to make it into a chair. I balance on a stool all day at work, so a ball wouldn't be too much of a change... except keeping it where we need it. I imagine it rolling all over the place with out the weight of sand inside.

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NANHBH 9/13/2011 10:39AM

    Where did you get it?

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/13/2011 10:35AM

    I would LOVE one of these for work at the library! Alas, I am at a university library where we have many student workers and my chair would be used by many people and I would not like that. So, I will admire YOUR ball! emoticon emoticonWay cool! emoticon

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NUTRON3 9/13/2011 7:49AM

    Love it!

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Insomnia

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I just took The Sleep Quiz, and got 10/10 answers correct. Just because I KNOW what good sleep habits are, and practice them, doesn't mean I can sleep. For years I have read up on getting a good night's sleep and have tried everything, short of hypnosis. There are nights when neither my brain nor my body will turn off and I just don't fall asleep.

Last night was one of those nights. I ended up spending the night alternating between trying to sleep and reading. I finally fell asleep around 4:30am, only to have to wake up at 6:30am, which is actually an hour later than my usual wake-up time.

Somehow, I am able to run on adrenaline and get through the day. I made sure to take my vitamins in the morning and had extra B vitamins at lunch time for energy. When I got home, though, I was whipped! I had to miss my music lesson last week because of school activities and will have to miss another one this month for the same reason, so I really didn't want to be tired and unfocused for this evening's lesson. So when I got home, I decided to take a short nap. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow at 4:00pm and slept until 5:30pm. I normally can't nap unless I am sick, so this was a spectacular feat for me!

I felt much better after catching a few Zzzs, and was able to be focused and use my time with Fernando well. The Great Balancing Act has begun. I really need to be able to teach and still have a life beyond my profession during the school year. Having the time and energy for exercise, social time, music, etc. is so important to maintain, yet it is not easy.

Things I do or have tried with regards to sleeping:

No screen time for at least 1/2 hour before night routines.
Read
Hot bath
Read some more
Aroma therapy including lavender in bath, lavender eye pillows, etc.
Meditation
Restorative yoga
No vigorous exercise for two hours before bed
Regular daytime exercise
Listening to relaxing music
Massage therapy
Keeping bedroom cool, quiet, dark, uncluttered
Supplements including melatonin, camomile, valerian, calcium, magnesium
Drugs from aspirin PM to lorazepam

The only thing that works consistently is the lorazepam, but I do not like taking it more than every once in a long while. In general, I do not like taking drugs for anything. I am especially concerned about my liver since my gallbladder surgery. So I reserve that for long standing insomnia that lasts more than a few days.

During the summer, I really don't care if I can't sleep. I just go with the flow, fall asleep when I can and sleep in as much as I can after a bumpy night. During the school year, it stresses me out because I need to be alert, multitasking, and keeping my attention fully on the children, so when I can't sleep I also get anxious. And of course, that exacerbates the sleep problem.

Hopefully, tonight I'll get the rest I need.

Night, night Spark Buddies! Have a great night's sleep.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/21/2011 4:35AM

    Hmmm, I am experimenting with trying to change my sleep habits too. I got 8 hrs last night, and because I keep a sleep journal I know it is the first 8 hours in weeks. My problem seems to be that I have been used to doing without more than four hours sleep. I do think that biorhythms play a huge part in breaking the insomnia habit. That is, if you don't catch the sleep train, you start from behind and it makes sleep very elusive. So exercising in the evening is probably a total no no, doing anything stimulating or interesting 3 hours before bed is out, that includes eating; caffeine after noon, nope! We are programmed to be wakeful at 3 am, so better be sound asleep when that hour comes around... Oh, and if you do wake, try a hypnotherapy app, you can get them for free and once you train yourself to sleep they are fantastic. All I need to hear is the first minute of mine and I'm away. As for supplements, the one I found most helpful was HTP, it has tryptophene in it. Hope this helps.

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WALKOFFWIN 9/9/2011 7:22PM

    I became so exhausted reading ALL the things that you do to try and sleep, that I nearly fell asleep! Which is not a good thing at all, because I was reading your blog on my i phone while driving out on the interstate, at 80 MPH! Please issue a public health warning in advance of any blogs like this in the future!

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Okay, now that you and all your fellow insomniacs HATE me, please hold your fire, because I AM ONE OF YOU! I just have this bad habit of joking about things that might otherwise make me cry...

I am NOT driving as I write this, nor was I driving as I read your blog. I am a very attentive driver, and there is only one activity that I occasionally engage in while driving, that could cause me to drive to endanger... but since Spark is G rated, I must not say what that activity is, here. ;-)

But I am most definitely an insomniac, and I have been, in varying degrees of severity all my adult life. How do I manage? Badly... Any more detail would require a blog of my own, and it would be bad form to post my blog as a comment to yours - though that has not stopped me in the past, but I will refrain from this sort of bad behavior here - so I can engage in other sorts of bad behaviors that are more fun! :-)

Just kidding, Chris! (this time) I DO genuinely feel your pain, but I am also glad that you got at least one very full night of sleep - which brings me to my own sure fire cure for my own insomnia - which is my own total and complete exhaustion... Sometimes that does work for me, too.

Chris also,
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TRULYVISIBLE 9/9/2011 4:17PM

  Since I went through menopause I have had trouble getting to sleep. About 3 months ago someone suggested Motrin PM. I take it now about 4 evenings per week. That is the only drug I take but I don't like putting any drug in my body but I like the good night sleep it gives me. I also think if I can't sleep I may hit the refrigerator and I don't want to do that. I lose my resolve when I am tiered. I am going to start taking it less often and see what happens.

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MARY1313 9/9/2011 11:13AM

    OY VEY! welcome to my world. I haven't slept good since menopause started and then I quit smoking in the middle of that (4 years ago YAY) and that messed up my rhythm too. there have been times that I would go 5 days with only a couple of hours a night. then I took something for it, but I don't like taking things either. Now I just do the best I can. I find that taking a cooler shower in the morning keeps me more alert for the first 4 hours of the day, but then I need a brisk walk or something to keep me fresher during the last 4 hours of the day at work. sheesh. I've practiced all the articles I have read too and have done the exact same things you have.

Good luck. and glad you slept last night!!!!

Mary

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MCGS62 9/9/2011 10:10AM

    Just a quick thought.. what time do you usually practice guitar? see if Ferdanando would consider rescheduling your time closer to your normal practise time. This would accommodate the new busier schedule you have during school days. A pro teacher would probably flex a considerable amount to keep a good adult student.

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WORKINGSTIFF 9/9/2011 8:35AM

    I, too, passed the sleep quiz.

Yeah, I have done the research and know the answers. It just doesn't translate into a good night's sleep sometimes...

I've been trying melatonin, but not on a regular basis. Does it help to take it every night regardless of need? I find when I do take it like around 11 p.m., I wake up at 2:30 and have trouble going back to sleep!

Maybe the therapist's couch is the next stop...

Here's hoping WE ALL get enough rest!

Have a great weekend!

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PUDLECRAZY 9/9/2011 5:41AM

    LOL! I also have the kind of insomnia where I sleep for an hour or two, wake up and can't fall back asleep, and the kind where I sleep an hour, wake up, sleep an hour, wake up, etc. throughout the night. But when I don't sleep at all, I don't have to opportunity to have those particular forms of insomnia. I've never been a good sleeper, even as a child, but the older I get, the worse it gets.

Day After Blog Update:

I slept like a proverbial baby last night. YAY!

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TISHTOES 9/9/2011 3:19AM

    My last two nights have been terrible but mostly because it is too hot!


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MAWRTIAN 9/9/2011 2:55AM

    Oh dear, I couldn't sleep last night, I should have blogged! Thanks for the reminders on good habits. I have a am/pm yoga dvd which is great, I should have used that. I'm not sure what got me through the day. The one good thing about a night with little sleep (fell asleep around 4 I think) is that I know I will sleep well tonight.



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KASEYCOFF 9/9/2011 2:53AM

    My occasional insomnia takes the form of falling asleep but waking early - after only a couple of hours, on some nights, and not being able to get back to sleep the rest of the night. I surely can identify with the lack of rest, regardless which end of the sleep cycle it happens. Like you, I try to resort to drugs as seldom as possible. Your routine / remedies all sound in the right zone to me - the only thing I do in addition to those is a 'supplement' in the form of herbal tea. I used to drink plain chamomile, but I found a blend that is comprised of chamomile, oat straw, and lavender. Yummy and I think it helps. And a little tryptophan now and then...
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IUHRYTR 9/8/2011 11:29PM

    I'm there with you, Chris. Have been fighting insomnia for years. Most of the time even prescription sleeping pills don't work. Here's hoping we and others find solutions that work for us. emoticon -- Lou

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DOR2BFIT 9/8/2011 11:04PM

    That must be awful- my husband has no trouble falling asleep, but wakes up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. Me? I sleep like a log.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/8/2011 10:24PM

    Oh, I hate not sleeping! Once I stayed awake all night long and saw the sun rise! It made me so miserable to keep looking at the clock! Thank goodness, this doesn't happen all the time, but it gets pretty bad sometimes! I now have Melatonin available and it seems to do the trick when I can't sleep. Have you tried it? It doesn't seem to be addictive, either. emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/8/2011 10:04PM

    Very familiar for me too -- and as you say you "know" everything there is to know about good sleep habits: trick is to put it into practice. All I can do is try not to worry when I can't sleep tonight -- and tomorrow night -- and be pretty confident that sleep will catch up with me eventually. I also try to tell myself that lots of people need less sleep as they get older, so maybe I'm one of those . . .

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Staying On Top of It

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The best of news is that my son, who has been trying to find a job for 2 years, finally got hired today. He will be doing computer programming work for the government. YAY!

I am trying to keep on track with my exercise and music, both of which have suffered with the start of school. However, I have been much more on target for this time of year than I have been for a long time.

I was tired when I got home this afternoon, and was actually able to take a power nap, something that is difficult for me to do under most circumstances. Happily, it worked out for me today. I had a light dinner, then headed off (in the relentless rain) to Body Pump. One thing about the wonderful place that I live, is that I have to travel 20 minutes minimum to get to either the fitness center or the YMCA. When it's dark, rainy, snowy, when I'm tired, etc, it does take a little extra motivation to head out. I am always glad I overcome my reluctance.

When I returned home, happily sweaty and (for the first time on this chilly, damp day) hot, my son called to tell me he got the job he had been hoping for. It was wonderful to hear him so happy!

Then I put in an hour of practice time. I have been playing to accompany the children for singing every day for a half an hour, but not having much time once I get home to work on my technical skills or the pieces I am working on. So it was very nice to get some concentrated time in.

I need to get a little reading time in before going to bed, so I can finish unwinding from the day.

  
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TRULYVISIBLE 9/9/2011 4:06PM

  Always like hearing when someone gets a job. I hear so many stories of people looking or losing their jobs. I hope it goes well for him and he enjoys it.

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AMYBELLES 9/8/2011 9:14PM

    Wonderful news about your son, the ukelele ladies, and YOU making such wise decisions to exercise and practice your music!

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IUHRYTR 9/8/2011 4:23PM

    Good going for overcoming fatigue and the long drive. -- Lou

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KASEYCOFF 9/8/2011 2:26PM

    Isn't it a great feeling when you can mark it as 'a good day'!
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GOLIGHTLY344 9/8/2011 12:53PM

    What a great start to the school year! On all fronts.

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MARY1313 9/8/2011 11:49AM

    that is wonderful about your Son's job. It's been a rough two years I would imagine. And great job on sticking with things!

Mary

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/8/2011 5:26AM

    Good news on all fronts!

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TISHTOES 9/8/2011 4:18AM

    yay! and yay!

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MAWRTIAN 9/8/2011 1:32AM

    Yea for your son. You continue to be a great inspiration! emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 9/8/2011 12:42AM

    Oh, yes, time for a ukulele update. All 4 of the checked out ukuleles came back both in good condition and on time. Today my ukulele ladies have learned two new songs. The other children haven't caught up to them yet. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/7/2011 10:36PM

    How WONDERFUL For your SON! That is a LONG time to go without a job, and I just know you're bursting with pride for him! emoticon emoticon

Yes! Did you get the ukuleles back in one piece? emoticon

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