Monday, August 03, 2009
But because of my long-term insomnia issues, I tend to be a little ahead of the curve in figuring out new solutions to diminish insomnia (with the help of my doctor).
For the past three nights I have slept REALLY well . . . even going back into sound sleep after being thoroughly waked up by my husband last night as he turned the light on & off while trying to adjust our ceiling fan. AND it happens that before bed each of the past three nights I have taken a selenium supplement along with my glucosamine/chrondroitin & Amitriptyline. Coincidence? Maybe not!
I had taken selenium regularly for a few years, during which the insomnia hardly ever flared up. Then I began taking it just occasionally, wondering if I might be getting too much in my system. However, tracking here at SP has consistently shown my normal diet to be quite low in selenium.
I've done a little searching online today & learned that research shows that selenium appears to help diminish anxiety attacks--among many other benefits. My insomnia is kinda similar to anxiety attacks, so it's quite possible that the selenium is benefiting me in a similar way.
Anyway, I'm NOT complaining!
Family updates: My dad is home now & recovering quite well from the heart surgery; I'll spend my week with him August 7-14. My daughter, on the other hand, didn't get to move to Colombia as expected, because the principal & HR people at the school that wanted to hire her put the wrong name on her forms (required for getting her work visa) & then said there wasn't enough time to get it fixed. This was a huge disappointment to all of us--but I think it will prove to be for the best. What my daughter really wants is not to teach upper-class Colombian girls at that school but to work with poor kids. Now she's going to start the process of validating her Colombian citizenship so that work visas won't be required, & she's looking into the requirements for joining a soccer ministry for kids in poor neighborhoods in Medellin, her birth city. Both of those will take some time, & in the meantime she will live with some good friends & job hunt. She is handling the disappointment really well--I'm SO proud of her resilience.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This is one of those times when life is just bulging. My trip to help care for my dad (& his wife, who has mild MS) in the wake of his heart surgery has been put off, as the doctors are still trying to get his heart rate stabilized & waiting to see whether he'll need a pacemaker. Two other family members are taking turns with him this week at the Cleveland Clinic, & I'll be going to his home in Arkansas in mid-August instead. Working this out involved making many phone calls to relatives over the weekend.
The shift in plans allows me to be here for my daughter, who is getting ready for her move to Colombia on August 4. Sunday & last night I spent good chunks of time unpacking & repacking some bins she is storing in our basement, looking for her college diploma, which it turns out she needs to get her visa. Finally I found it, at the bottom of a bin holding mostly sports trophies & plaques. She is driving into the city to pick it up right now & is VERY grateful.
Also, I'll be able to attend her farewell party this coming Sunday afternoon without getting up at an ungodly hour that morning to drive north from Arkansas to make it.
Last Friday we finally closed on our refinanced mortgage, which nabbed us a new lower (& FIXED) interest rate. The process had dragged on for months & brought lots of stress at different points. It is a huge relief to have it done.
Last week I also finished my editing of the grammar chapter of the Manual of Style--& was complimented on my many good suggestions & "elegant fixes."
So good things are happening, but it's a lot to handle. At some level my body is in rebellion, with insomnia & tiredness & relative lethargy, which then becomes yet another Thing To Deal With. I'm too tired to track even the bits of exercise I've managed to do. My shoulder continues to hurt & I really should call the doctor to get a PT referral, but I can't imagine how I could add those sessions to my week.
I'd like to keep up with all my Sparkfriends, but I'll probably be slow getting around to your pages & leaving comments. Now you know why.
Monday, July 20, 2009
After my success at dragging myself out of bed to go on a run/walk this morning (later & shorter than I had intended, but much better than not going!), AND at digging out my PT shoulder exercise pages & doing some of those over my lunch break, I decided to add a nudge & motivation by starting Sparkstreaks for both.
Today's exercise doesn't show up on either streak on my page because I started them after the fact, but hopefully the numbers will increase steadily in the weeks to come.
And hopefully my left shoulder will get stronger & stop hurting when I try to do simple things like reaching slightly behind me to pull the signal cord on the bus.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Yesterday was a kinda disappointing day. I slept in because of having insomnia various nights in the previous week, & then instead of going out running I started right in on my weekend cooking. Made muesli, dhal, a batch of brown rice, & a new recipe for chili with soy protein instead of meat. For supper I invented a yummy greens dish--orange pepper, oregano, kale & lamb's quarter (a weed harvested by our CSA!), & pine nuts sauteed in olive oil. I also did a lot of dishwashing--but by the time supper was done I didn't want to wash any more dishes, so the pots from the day's cooking were left to soak.
I did a few hours of freelance editing too. And I did all the final planning of the upcoming church service, which took an hour or so. But none of it felt like enough, & I never did go out running. I went to bed kinda down--but I knew it was mostly just my mood, so I prayed for perspective.
When I write it out, I see that I actually accomplished quite a bit. If I had pulled myself together to run, it would have been a VERY productive Saturday.
Church today was really lovely, even though some of our struggles with a not-exactly-perfect leadership transition were aired publicly. It feels good to be in a community where disappointments & frustrations with each other can be expressed & are not death-knells.
This afternoon I relaxed a bit, washed up the pots from yesterday, & then spent a few hours with poems. I did some revisions & sent out two batches to journals. Later my husband & I went out to try a new ice cream shop & did a couple of errands on the way home.
It is amazing how much calmer & happier I feel now. Worship steadies me, & so does poetry--working with the words themselves & also making submissions for publication. Now I'm facing the new week with a fresh sense of focus.
I'm going to get to bed by 10:30 tonight, & tomorrow morning, even if I haven't slept very well, I'm going to get up at 6:30 & go running on the campus track.
My other promise to myself: I'm going to start up PT exercises again to help my shoulder heal from that nasty fall in May. I will program a daily reminder at work so that I don't forget.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
I love my work. Since I was a small child I have loved messing with words, & as an adult I get paid to do it! What a privilege.
Nowadays I work for the company that puts out the Chicago Manual of Style, which is the go-to "editor's bible" for most book publishers in the US, including all I have ever worked for. And a new edition will be out next year, & I am one of the editors of it! That's a huge honor AND a huge responsibility. I am editing the grammar chapter, which really MUST be absolutely accurate or we may be sneered at by reviewers. And I actually am finding things to correct or to argue about with the chapter's author, so it's going more slowly than I would like . . .
It makes me want to eat. Fortunately there is not a vending machine on my floor! It also makes me want to sip a beer, because I am concentrating so hard that I start to get tension headaches. Needless to say, beer is not available in the building.
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