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Tuesday February 5, 2019

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Good Morning!

Nel, sincerely hope all is well.

J22, guess it's your turn to be cold.  Hope you had a good day.

Stars, good news about the sciatic pain disappearing.  Hope it stays away.  I'm sure you know from your PT sessions what to do.  All the best.

I've been sleeping horrible the last three nights.  Took 1/2 of my benzo medicine sometime through the night and it didn't help much.   Seems like I only sleep well when I'm sleep deprived and exhausted.  Bleh

So I'm up early.  No word from the boss about me working today 11-7.  I'll give her until 9AM to text me and then shut off the phone and go about my day.  I'm really too tired to work it and don't want to but also want to remain true to my offer.  

It's foggy but warm and the sun is supposed to come out this afternoon.  It's been quite cloudy lately in the Sunshine State.

Hope everyone has a great day!

 

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Tweety sorry you've had so many problems sleeping the last few nights.  Hope this passes soon

Stars great to hear that your sciatic pain is gone

Another day of work with people not answering my calls.  Or asking me to call later then not answering

Was not quite feeling myself yesterday, tired and irritable and distracted.  Not sure why

Slept fine but woke up with a bit of a headache and backache and tired.  I'm better now.  Might be the new pillow I'm using, much firmer than the others.  I'll switch back to the softer one and see if that makes a difference

Temps are getting lower.  Ice storm is expected tonight into tomorrow morning.  Have an optional meeting tomorrow morning which I'll skip due to the weather.  

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Good morning-

Mother Nature is teasing us today with temps in the low 60s.  It will be back to reality tomorrow with temps in the 30s.  I also had a restless night.  DS had left some Halo Top ice cream in the freezer, and I had a small dish.  This is a high protein low carb ice cream that he loves.  First of all, it tastes like crap.  Second, it's sweetened with erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol.  It did not agree with my belly at all.  Lesson learned-if I want ice cream I'll just have a little bit of the real thing.

Tweety-I hope you sleep better tonight and that you don't get called in to work.  

Joe-Hope today is better at work,and the headache is gone.

It's good to hear that Stars is feeling relief.  Hope everyone else is well and having a good day.

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Good morning.  More snow late yesterday and overnight.  School sent out robo-calls last night about a 2 hour late start.  Spidey decided to sleep in.

Yes, insomnia seems pretty common with we in the breakroom.  I don't remember if I told y'all that my neurologist asked me about taking a benzo and I shuddered and said "NO".  Then he said how about Ambien?  And I again, shuddered and said "NO" and told him stories about co-workers who took it and did weird things in the middle of the night like . . . drive.  He explained that the dose had been lowered from 10 mg to 5 mg and was safe.  He said it is only a sedative and will help you fall asleep.  I decided to try it.  Scary . . . I had my son hid the car keys and change the lock on the gunsafe.  😉😜

I've taken it about 6 times I think in the last 6 months.  First time, I kept the light on and was reading and nothing happened.  A friend who takes it said I did it wrong.  Take the pill, turn off the light, no reading.  It worked the next time. 

One of Spidey's friends decided to go out last night and drive his pickup in the snow on a dirt road doing donuts and other things.  He got stuck, asked Spidey for help, and Spidey ended up getting his pickup stuck as well.  Dad's of both boys went out to help but no luck.  Pickups spent the night out there and somehow today, they will find a winch and pull them out.  Photo of pickup as he worked on lifting it a few months ago below (maybe, not sure if I'm tech savvy enough to attach a photo).  I'm sure it is covered in mud now as both dh and Spidey were covered in mud when they came home.  

Have a wonderful day y'all. 

 

 

 

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Steph: I couldn't enlarge the pictures. Years ago our son and DIL had accidents twice. Once he swerved when a truck suddenly turned in front of them. The side of the car was scraped He didn't report it because only his old car was damaged. Now she drives a newish SUV and he has a convertible that they really enjoy on sunny days. Scary, but inexperienced drivers have to get experience.

Yesterday I had so many phone calls from family. All day I answered to talk with cousins, their kids and grandchildren, two stepsons. a sister, husband's cousin and his wife, and step-Mom all called just to talk. When they asked how I was doing I told them all I'm excited to hear Jim Kweskin with a local jug band this Friday. Most of them have had me take them to hear the Jug Band decades ago. It is not their "cup of tea".

Nel: Some day I hope to attend and enjoy the Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville Kentucky.   http://www.jugbandjubilee.com/ 

How about this family jug band in Scotland?'  

 

 

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Hullo, 

It a very chilly day yesterday, the wind blew steady around 30 mph, with gusts to 50. Knock on wood, we never lost power. I saw reports of many people with frozen pipes. Its only up to 28, but the air is calm and the sun is out. We may get more snow later in the week. I had to help dh jump start his pickup this morning. That meant I did get to work early enough to have the breakfast the managers serve each January, but I was told it was the same dry burritos they served last year. 

I am sorry to read about the sleep woes. I am with you Steph, about sleeping meds. Plus, I am always wary about being labeled as "drug-seeking." I have gotten the impression in the past when seeking care for painful conditions that I was suspect. 

BC, that ice cream sounds terrible. There is a brand around here that is supposedly low carb that tastes nasty. And now I know why! 

I keep meaning to get a new pillow, but I fear that I will spent too much and then not like it. Has anyone used a so-called side sleeping pillow? I roll from side to side to back, 1 pillow, 2 pillow all night long trying to find a comfortable position. And just when I get comfy, nature calls. 

Oh well, work beckons, 

j22. 

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I have had pretty good luck with sustained release melatonin.  The regular kind knocks me out, but then I'm up 4 hours later.  I have tried trazodone in the past, but it's way too sedating for me.  

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nursej22: Neighbors were talking about how chilly it is today. It is 55 F! Not chilly at all compared to you people north and east of here.

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BC, I like that music, but probably wouldn't want a whole concert of it.  I do like that you seem to like variety in the shows you choose to go to.

J22, glad to hear you didn't lose power.  Guess it's your turn to be cold.  We have several nice warm days ahead of us before it gets "cold" next week.

Herring, 55 is cold to me too.  

I'm going to see Michael Buble next week.  I just noticed that my tickets include a fancy buffet ahead of time that I forgot I bought.  I bought it as an Xmas gift for best friend months ago.  Should be fun.

I've always had insomnia and never really did anything about it other take Valarian root.  I've tried melatonin without success.  A couple of years ago when I was having really bad anxiety, I tried a benzo because I was crazy.  Not only couldn't I sleep, but I couldn't relax enough to stay in bed.  I'd lay down and get so anxiety ridden I'd have to get up.  I also went to counseling. The benzo at first was quite successful in knocking out the anxiety and helping me sleep.  I have gone months without it, but lately it seems I need it a couple of times a week.  If I'm not working, not sleeping isn't a big deal and I don't take it usually.  The medical part of me says that I need help, but the stubborn and irrational part of me says I can handle it and don't want to become an addict or drug seeker and then I have three days of insomnia and feel dreadful with high blood pressure.  Meh....  I've known a few people that take trazadone and they like it.  

I did not get called in and did some cooking and went out to lunch.  I tried a vegan deli and had a vegan pastrami ruben sandwich which was good, although salty.  Then went to get best friend for a beach walk.  Lovely weather today.

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Tweety, I'm sorry your sleep is messed up; I have been there and done that many times during my life. In nursing school I took Doridan and my friends in the dorm knew when it was kicking in, because I would talk and talk and talk and scratch and talk and scratch. Finally my friend Diane would burst out in a laugh and say, "Oh STARS!  Shut up and go to SLEEP! Go to bed!" After that year, for some reason, the SMELL of that medicine when I opened the pill bottle made me want to gag. It got so the smell overpowered me, and I quit taking them cold turkey. I don't remember if it was hard to do, I just got so nauseated just THINKING about that odor...and THAT wasn't hard to give up!

I hope you can find some kind of combo of SOMETHING that will work for you. But I gotta tell you, I really, really HATE the Rx name: Sleep Hygiene.  I don't know why, but it really gets to me like nails on a chalkboard. Go figure. And what's that, um, Behavioral Whatchacallit Therapy. UGH! I guess because I've always hated being told what to do. Learning, I don't mind, but trying to fool myself ... I have a tendency not to cooperate.

Joe, Since you said there was an ice-storm coming your way,  it got me to wondering if barometric pressure has an effect on you with headache and all that? / I got one of the medium-fill "My Pillow"s, and I like it a lot; it can be flattened or punched up in a bunch for whichever position for "your sleeping preference."  Also, it is easy to wash and dry to restore the loft-ability it had when new.

BCg, Sounds like the same reaction I had when I tried fat-free, milk-free, cheese-free cheese...blech! It's maybe-sort-of-semi-ok when heated up, but as it cools, it becomes just like plastic, sharp edges and all. I think that ice cream you described was severely lacking in CREAM! And the sugar alcohols dance the polka, while wearing cleated shoes, in my guts, so I get where you're coming from!

Steph,  I tried Ambien ONCE, but what it did to me was keep me awake most of the night, and make me feel dragging-down-gawd-awful the whole next day. Horrible. / Was there snow in 'the big city' when you went down there? My brother who lives there is not terribly communicative. / Around here the kids go out in their trucks and pull other people out of their snow-induced slide-outs. It's a big thing in these parts, well, especially back up in the mountains where I moved from. And when I was a teen, my brother, sister and I would go to the mall parking lot, empty due to The Blue Laws, and we'd practice sliding and skidding in our parent's big ol' Mercury (used). Sooooo fun! But on the for-real-road conditions, not so much fun. However, the previous experience helped in being able to handle my vehicle, for the most part, in bad weather.

herring, I think the live shows make the music a lot more fun than listening to a recording, though video helps a lot. I used to and still do HATE sitar music, but watching a guy play a sitar in person made it an iota more tolerable. I think it's the background d-r-o-n-i-n-g that gets on my nerves. My mom was the same about bagpipe music; I practiced my piano lessons and when I got tired of playing, I'd start the Scottish Reel with the repetitious bass-line, waiting to hear my mom sing out, "Okay! I think you've practiced enough now!"

j22, If I could only figure out how to bottle up some of our weather to send/share with you. It was 72 degrees today, and will be possibly warmer tomorrow. But! When we were sitting out on the patio having our 4:30 PM cup of coffee, as the sun started down...out came about a gazillion very annoying "Moss-ketoes" (as hubby calls them.) OY!

Quiet day. Did not take a pain pill last night at bedtime. Woke up feeling pretty darn good; did not need to take pain med until I had been up for four hours. That's pretty good, I think, especially considering I was taking the meds q6 hrs when awake, as they ordered "for the first week". It was a week ago yesterday and I am SO VERY happy I got the surgery done! And even happier that I won't have to be finagling any pain meds. At least the Spine Docs don't make you feel like a drug-seeker, but I'm glad I may not have to make them a regular thing. But the surgeon said he prescribed it that way so the pain won't get the upper hand.

Oh, Tweety,  When I go back for my two week follow-up, I'm going to ask about the PT Dept at their facility, because who would understand post-op spinal PT needs better than the PT's who work with said surgeons? I want to be sure to do it all RIGHT, so I don't wreck myself. I need PT supervision to build up my strength and not get ahead of myself, as I have done in the past.

Welp, guess that's about it for the time being! 

And all you insomniacs....YOU ARE GETTING VERY SLEEPY! 

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Hello all.

It was 47 degrees when I got off work at 5.  Supposed to go down to 34 tonight.  That's COLD for us!  No rain forecast until MAYBE Sat.  There is snow on all our surrounding mountains.  I read Mammoth Mountain has up to 117", and they are expecting more.  There were blizzard conditions in the Sierras yesterday.  Here?  Only rain.

I have a My Pillow and like it.  I do use two others, as here-and-there arm supports.

We are a little subdued, a close friend of my youngest ds (his HS class president, some 7 yr ago), collapsed on Saturday and was unable to be revived.  We have no idea what the cause was.  The family (and, needless to say, all his friends) are just devastated.  He was 27.  His service is on Sunday at The Big Church.  Sons are processing this.  Heck, we all are processing this.

Not much else going on.

Have a good evening.

 

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