Monday, March 07, 2011

The Big Sleep

Last week I was sick girl. ER on Tuesday. ER (via ambulance, no less!) of Wednesday. Overnight Wednesday. Out on Thursday. Still no real diagnosis, but the drugs they gave me have done their job and I'm feeling OK. In about an hour I'm off to the doctor's for a more thorough testing. Oh boy, more peeing in cups!

But yesterday I was totally in the middle of The Big Sleep. I've been in an insomnia phase (so what else is new) and being in the hospital, sick and in pain, have made it worse. But yesterday, for some reason, the sleeplessness caught up to me. I fell asleep about 1 in the afternoon and woke up at 10 am. Total coma.

It felt wonderful! After two weeks or so of never sleeping more than 2-hours in a row, getting some solid sleep was amazing. And I woke up feeling better than I have in a long time. I'm hoping that lack of sleep was part of the problem and now that I've caught up a bit it'll help. I'll know more after a visit to my old pal, Dr. F (who I love, by the way). But for now just having slept makes me so incredibly happy.

I have no idea how it feels to "sleep normally." To put my head on the pillow and know I'm in for 7 or 8 hours of down time. My usual night it 3-4 hours of trying to sleep, 2 hours of sleep, waking up and starting all over again. Throw in a cat that is your typical nocturnal critter and we have a nighttime of waking chaos.

Meanwhile, Husband is sleeping the sleep of the just. His average fall asleep time is about 2-minutes. I hate that about him.


The Calico Quilter said...

Sorry about your recent health issues. Hope the doc can find out what's wrong and fix it. And sorry about the sleep issues. I can sympathize but can't say that I have much experience with it. I can usually sleep like a baby. Re: cats in the bedroom: unless the cat is going to settle down and sleep too, I vote to close them out of the room. Cruel you say - maybe, but do you want to rest or do you want a cat walking on your face? Sometimes you have to choose. Our Molly sleeps at night, just like us - but husband conditioned her to do that from early kittenhood. Our last cat was completely noctural and there was no sleeping with her in the room because she treated your recumbent body like furniture - if she wanted to get in the window sill and you were between her and it, well, she walked over you. Not conducive to rest.

Kittie Howard said...

The ray of sunshine among the clouds is that you finally got some decent sleep. I've been a bit worried about this (as you know) but didn't realize you had a nocturnal cat in bed with you. Early on we trained ours that they either went the night or slept on the other side of the closed door. Cats are quick studies and know which buttons to push to get what they want. After three or four nights of sleeping away from you, they'll return and play by your rules. Promise!!