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Errors & Energy

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hi all!
I am still struggling with lack of sleep. The slow release pain killer just doesn't seem to do anything but take some of the edge off my pain and I still wake up a half an hour to an hour after I fall asleep and then try get back to sleep, but its just one wake up after the other. The rash the narcotic gave me on my lower legs seems to be fading, a good thing as the samples of cortisone ointment my Dr. gave me were very tiny and I used one up already. The stomach woes continue. I never know when I might need a washroom quick and that is frustrating. Today, at work at the bridge club, my lack of sleep finally caused a major screw up when I passed out the wrong boards to half of the people playing :( I finally found out why I did it, but they had already played them four times. I exchanged them with the correct ones and had to go into the computer and painstakingly mark all the wrong boards played as fouled so they would get scored separately. The head of directors was very forgiving, but she is such a sweet lady she never gets mad. I am mad at myself for making the error, causing extra work and meaning the people who played the wrong boards won't get hand records for them :( I am always concerned at what I will screw up and if I can recover from it. Some things as manager you really can't afford to make mistakes at, particularly things like financial reports -I am fortunate the treasurer carefully checks my work though. Tonight, I made it out to a Zumba class which was really intense -I love it that this instructor gave a fast, energy filled workout. She is so much better then the one they had working the previous times. I may have one more day of fitness classes before more bad weather moves in. Wednesday is supposed to have a combo of freezing rain and snow, and then the bottom will fall out of the temperatures.
I have to wait until Dec 5 before the first of my serious tests for my GI tract will be done. They are going to do a pelvic ultrasound to see if the place where I had my appendix out is causing any problems, as I have been having transient pain in that area. I am not losing any weight so all the diarrhea is not taking any nutrients from me.
The ice is very treacherous. All those foot spikes, etc. don't work on it because it is a thin layer of ice on a bare sidewalk (called black ice -such a danger on highways). Snow melt from the mounds of snow on the grass is running across the sidewalks in the day and then freezing. I walk on the grass/snow where I can, but the driveways are the biggest mess, no where to go around them. I do have poles, but don't think they would be of any help here either. I do get offers of rides home, but by that time if the sun is out, ice has melted and is better.
Bridge tomorrow with my mentor. i don't know how she tolerates me falling asleep at the bridge table, but my skills have been badly affected by my lack of sleep. I simply miss things I should be catching :(
Boxercise for breakfast tomorrow, can't wait :)
Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday everyone!
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  • SILLYHP1953
    This blog answered my pole question, but I think I'd take up every offer of rides. Lack of sleep does affect memory and a whole lot else. I hope you get that worked out.
    1640 days ago
  • ENUFF81020
    Hi Linda,

    I sure understand the sleep thing. I have started getting really sleepy in the afternon and I have to fight that off. When I get home, I fall asleep early and often miss something I need to attend to with one of the kids or in getting some work finished. Then, I wake up around 1AM and if I am really on a roll, I don't get back to sleep at all. It is a mess. Now my back and hip are aching in solidarity and it is making me wild--if I cough or yawn, I feel a deep down nauseating pain that is so intense, I want to bang my head into a window.
    Anyway, I have to be cautious to stay patient in these times and to double check all of my paperwork. I sure understand what you are going through and hope that you can get to the bottom of it soon.
    Take care, my friend!!
    Gentle hugs,
    1762 days ago
    I hope you feel better soon. A lack of sleep is tough! I'm so glad you got in a good Zumba class. That is something I will have to try again one of these days. The place where I once took classes no longer offers Zumba. Your determination and perseverance is amazing and inspiring. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1762 days ago
    Lack of sleep can cause many bad things to happen, I know! I have made some checkbook errors lately. Not good! Plus, my memory gets foggy and not to mention so tired during the day. i have actually been sleep walking...not remembering I got up, but there was eveidence I did. Never done that before till lately. emoticon
    I wish I could just sleep a solid 8 hours just one night! Instead of the up and down stuff! Grrrrrrrr
    I hope you do ok with the ice and snow...but, it can be tricky. I am glad we don't have to put up with it anymore. You are so brave! Be careful! Keep us posted on the test results when you get them. Feel better soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1763 days ago
    You are such a positive person, I would never have guessed you are going through such trying times. Thanks so much for your encouragement on my blog regarding yesterday's pumpkin pie. (no, not buried under anything - thank goodness!)
    1764 days ago
    I do hope they will pin down what is going on. It is very odd to be having all that diarrhea. Watch your potassium!
    1766 days ago
  • LINDA!
    It has been rough for you recently. I really hope that you get the answers when you go for your tests in December.

    Take care! emoticon
    1766 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    When I lived in AK (before I learned to drive), I tried all of the spikes and addons - nothing worked! I so remember those days! I hope you feel better and get some real sleep.
    1767 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Hang in there, my friend! emoticon
    1767 days ago
    Sorry you have such a time with poor sleep. I take Benedryl (actually it's rapid release acetaminaphen with Diphenhydramine HCl 25 mg fro Costco) and Melatonin, also from Costco. I'm doing better with it, but you'd have to ask a pharmacist or doctor about taking it. It's cheap and works for me. I still sleep about 4-5 hours, but without it, 1-2.

    I dread winter coming. So far it's nice and above average temperatures here.
    1767 days ago
    hang in there Linda. I hope the tests solve your mystery and that there is an easy solution. BE SO CAREFUL not to fall. that's all you don't need.
    Keep on keepin on.

    1767 days ago
    I so hope you get some sleep. Sorry you had such a bad time of it lately. Hugs
    1767 days ago
    so sorry to hear of your troubles. I hope you can get some better sleep as it really makes all the difference in the world on how you feel during the day. I too have been sleep challenged for years. I am having some satisfaction with an over the counter pill I found that you chew. It's called MidNite. Not sure if it will help.
    Have a good day.
    sending positive thoughts your way.
    1767 days ago
    1767 days ago
    Just love Barb's comment: could not be said better, so I'll just second it. We've never "met", but I think about you and your determination and resilience very often.

    It's so hard to be on top of your game when you're sleep deprived and fighting pain. I'm glad that the people you work with are kind and understanding. Now, please be just as kind to yourself!! Mkay?
    1767 days ago
    Sleepless is no fun at all. Wish there was a sleep fairy who could just let you rest for a bit! Take care, take some naps and enjoy regardless. Gotta run. CJ
    1767 days ago
    I thought of you and your determination on Sunday as we did our little event (run-walk-run). You inspire me every day. I said to my cousin after the race "I run *because* I can. I run *for* those who can't." May you remain among those who "can" do things, with determination. But hopefully with enough REST, too. Take care, and Spark on! Be kind to yourself today, as a present to those who care about you... which would be a lot of us out here in Spark-land.
    1768 days ago
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