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New Monday, New hopes and dreams

lulusheartllulusheart Posts: 4,273
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Sleep Problems
it is early here still but i am ready for bed. got my pjs on and the electric blanket is warm. i may be able to nap for a few hours and if i am lucky it could turn in to sleep all night. I) cause i am tired!! going to try and watch that video "Tropic Thunder" with Robert Downey Jr. a spoof type comedy. 8} so i should doze off for sure!! a movie will always put me to sleep about 30 minutes in. so goodnight for a while! i will be having sweet dreams. I) Jenny :)


  • I) Have a nice nap,and ejoy the movie.

    I was trying to get some housework done tonight-I like the house shiny for Thanksgiving Day-but a couple hrs ago I started feeling sick to my stomach.I've already stripped the bed & had that going in the wash,and my mop and bucket is waiting for the floors.

    The bird is sitting in the fridge..waiting for morning to roast and I have no idea how I'm going to manage all of this,but I HAD to cook Turkey.. [( .Oh well,at least the company isn't coming here,because I KNOW this housework isn't getting finished #o

    Sleep well & Happy THANKSGIVING everyone :)))

  • I am feeling you. i start something and i cant seem to finish it. (|: I am gonna due the best i can tomorrow. :|

    I barely ot the shopping done. And stupid me went and got epidural injections today. everytime i move or bend, stretch the wrong way... ouchh I feel like im being shocked or something. :O

    I was suppose to start cooking tonight,,,not happening...

    I am wishing on a big miracle early morning to happen, the magic fairy to take away some pain.lol now only if i can fall the heck to sleep. (|:


  • But..I did get some things done.Not as much as I would have liked,but some is better than nothing ;))

    Dawn~You had an ESI done on Thanksgiving eve..and you have a 2 year old.. #:S All I have to say to that is...good luck :))( ~I hope it works.The ESI's I have had in my neck have caused me more grief than they were worth.The last one I had in June(I think)and the Dr hit a nerve.It freaked me out b/c my right arm froze(felt frozen cold I mean)and the left arm took a life of it's own.With the needle still in my neck I lifted from the OR table saying 'SOMETHINGS REALLY WRONG HERE.'The Dr,nurses and staff were all really nice and asking me a lot of questions like 'Are you ok Robin?'...and I was calm and cool until I got in the car..then I started crying and shaking.It was pretty scary.

    I'm not one to cry or get emotional about medical issues,but that really bothered me.I had visions of being paralyzed.Poor Michael(he was driving)had no idea WTH was wrong.When I told him he went a little white in the face..I guess b/c he knows I usually handle medical things pretty easy.Last year when I had my vocal chords operated on he was more nervous than I was..the only thing that bothered me about that was being put to sleep & the fact that they can chip your tooth(teeth)with the instruments.I had the surgeon assure me that if he DID chip my teeth that he would have to pay for new crowns...lol,as if!

    ..but I digress :| Wow,it's kinda lonely on here at this hour tonight.. :??

    PS~Dawn,here is your magical fairy~ image
  • :) well its 11:30 and i did get a couple of hours sleep. the movie would put any girl asleep. it's a guys shoot em up movie! now i will be awake for the night. ~X( something is wrong with this picture. =)) i just can't seem to sleep for more than a few hours at a time when i am in this cycle. maybe i will be watching the stars alone tonight? :? sleep well everyone! I) Jenny :)

  • Still awake here, I am really hurting now(I am noticing a trend, that I have been exploring on my own) based on the arthritis already found in my knee, feet(gout),and pars defects.Psoriatic arthritis is gaining my curiosity more and more due to the cold and fatigue(not sleepy type but dead exhausted) on cold winter days.The fact that a rash on my elbow is near perfect description of psoriasis is giving me ammo for my next Rheumy visit.Plus gout can mimic it so the mind is in overdrive tonight.
  • I've never even heard of that..looks as if I need to catch up on my reading.

    Do you mean that you MAY have the psoriatic arthritis and the gout might be a false DX?

    I have arthritis too,and it does get a lot worse during the cold months and also wet,damp,humid days.Ugh,those days are the worst.I try to protect my back & neck from the cold and my body automatically crunches up..I bring my shoulders IN when I get a chill..I really am not good at explaining these things,but when I do that the muscle spasms start in my neck and down my back..usually this leads to a tension headache.

    I would agree that is something to take to your next Rheumy appt.
  • :) Robin, what a scare for you! you had every reason to get upset! :''( i call them migraine headaches when i get them, they are so bad. :''( the pain in my lower back works it way up to spasms and then a headache. that is when i know my pain is bad. ~X( Frustrated, you will feel much better if they can tell you what type of arthritis you have. :? i hope you get an accurate diagnosis soon. try and relax. I) how about a hot shower or bath? maybe light a candle. i hope your pain level goes down alittle bit so you can sleep, you to Robin! I) Jenny :)
  • I joined a few other boards re:arthritis in the last day or two.I have had a lot of symptoms in the last year.They have been consistent, but I get through half of them and my doctor looks at me like I'm a hypochondriac.Fibromyalgia was spoken under a breathe for a moment till my MRI's came back.

    I spent a lot of time journaling everything that "mattered" as in effect me profoundly-esp. colds affect on my whole body, numbing fatigue, previous "pink eye",recent swollen, painful eyes maybe allergies,both feet are while not hurting are deformed still one is over a year old(i don't believe the bunion theory as much right now), I have so much stiffness in the morning it takes a good 45 mins to get going.I have had various odd rashes, including the kicker on my elbow that is red, with silvery white appearance.I thought it was dry skin-a real issue w/ my diabetes but in the cold the elbow really aches a bit.But all my blood levels seem alright-except some minor anemia, slightly elevated cholesterol.I am getting the ammo for a visit to UCLA hospital next year, I need to find out what is happening soon.My mom is so worried now, I am 37 year male in reasonably good health, past issues not withstanding, that cannot even do much except be bedridden .Anyways a member at another board brought this up and will run it by my Rheumatologist to see how willing he is to consider options.

    Re: PsA

    Diagnosing psoriatic arthritis can be difficult because it often mimics other conditions. PsA can develop over a long period of time, or it can appear quite suddenly. However, it occurs most often in adults between 30 and 50 years old. Although psoriasis can occur in children, psoriatic arthritis is rare in children.Below is what I was refered to:

    A rheumatologist is typically the kind of specialist that will diagnose PsA. A diagnosis is usually made through the process of elimination. It entails a medical examination and possibly blood and / or joint fluid tests as well as x-rays.

    Medical Exam

    A doctor will review medical history, since PsA has a strong hereditary component. Because PsA can mimic conditions such as gout, reactive arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, blood tests and joint fluid tests may be made to eliminate the possible diagnosis of these other conditions. X-rays might be taken in order to look for changes in the bone.

    A diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis can be made more easily if there is active psoriasis as well as swollen fingers or toes. If nail involvement is apparent as well as your joints and the skin, then a firm diagnosis of PsA can commonly be made.
  • what is it with just getting 2 to 2 1/2 hours of sleep at one time.I must be on Jenny's timer, I want off.... LOL I also feel I way over did for Thanksgiving, I am having around 35 at my house. OMG, don't know where everyone will fit yet, oh well...
    Well, time to try "napping again.
  • :) 4jkasper, napping is the only way to go when there is just no regular sleep at night. I) you are certainly having a big get together. <:P good luck with your bird! have lots of fun and take care of yourself! i am taking a pain pill and trying to get a nap now myself. oh, just a few hours of sleep! I) Jenny :)
  • to all of you non-sleepers out there. Hopefully we won't fall asleep in our stuffing. :))(
  • :) almost midnight. ~X( the clock ticks towards a new day. i did get in 2 hours this afternoon thank goodness. I) it was so quiet here today. stayed at home and just spent time as a family. i guess that is what Thanksgiving is all about, whether it is 2 people or 10, spending time and having love and kindness together. :X so the day was a success for me. maybe Christmas won't be so bad. i hope the day was just great for all my friends out there. the countdown to Christmas starts now. i bet you all sleep well with the turkey you had for dinner. sweet dreams! I) :) Jenny :)

  • I had a great turkey day, so full and even got the food coma nap at 8 till 10 pm.So I will awake, full, and thankful.

    Pain is :''(
  • Frustrated101, :) glad to hear you had a great day and were able to take a "turkey" nap. I) i am sorry you are in increased pain though. :''( i am right there with you. i am decreasing my morphine by one dose every other day and i am really feeling more pain tonight. ~X( have you taken your meds? time to atleast lay down to rest. get yourself comfortable if you can. Jenny I)
  • What's going on my friend?Why are you decreasing your meds-if you don't mind me asking-and did I miss a post where you talked about this? Lol,as you know I don't like to miss anything :))(

    Well~Today I'm cooking MY turkey dinner.I was going to cook it yesterday,but as Michael had to work and I wasn't feeling very good-I decided to have 'our' Thanksgiving dinner today when Michael is off and we can enjoy it together.If I had cooked it yesterday,like 'normal' people do,I would have had to pack his dinner up for work and eat mine alone.BUT I was invited over to his families house as we are every year..and I didn't go.I did make my green bean casserol and apple crisp-which was my contribution to the family dinner and he dropped it off on his way to work,but I decided to stay home.

    Yes,now we can start the countdown until Christmas...then a New YEAR..which I am looking forward to.2008 was a tough one and I just know/hope that 09 will be a better year <:P

  • Jenny, whoa, on the decreasing meds is it a personal reason or doctor issue? How has morphine worked if you don't mind me asking-never had it, though I do know side effects are rough compared to some.

    Hoping your pain decides to go on holiday as well.

  • well, to put it the best way i can "i am saving some of my morphine." i am a survivalist and it is time to start building up some extra meds supplies. :T i have put it off and off thinking my doctor would come around but that will never happen so on to step two. i am very happy on the time released morphine. =D> i don't really notice being on it except that my pain is better. i get alittle drowsy and then just take a nap. I) i think it is a good medication for someone needing a strong mediction and you only have to take it 3 times a day. anyway, that is where i am at with my meds. this medication is so strictly controlled that it is impossible to get extra without saving them yourself. thank you all for caring! Robin, have a happy turkey day today!! share in the love and the laughter! :X Jenny :)
  • a night's sleep! I) two nights in a row in fact!! not all night long but enough to make me feel rested. it has been really quiet here. lots of dreams and quiet nights for everyone i hope!! I) Jenny :)

  • good for you!!!

    I got 3 hours tonight and happy for it, just bouncing around the web hoping to nap one o time #o
  • :) Frustrated101, three hours is not enough to make you feel rested let alone to get away from the pain for awhile. ~X( perhaps you will just crash this evening and get a good night's sleep. I) i am sure you think that every night. don't get to stressed about not sleeping. ~X( my doctor said i would never die from lack of sleep but i don't think he has had one night without it! =)) try and get a nap in this afternoon!! I) Jenny :)
  • Just stopped in to say hello for now :H

    We're running into the store..but later I have a TERRIFIC site to share with you guys.It does require a download,but this is a GLOBE from GOOGLE in the likes to which I've never seen.You can go ANYWHERE and look at pictures...you can even go to STREET VIEW and view from cameras in 360 angles(not everywhere-but a lot of places)....it FREAKED me out.I've been everywhere(well all over the place) and am amazed with this world globe.

    It makes me wonder-if WE can see this much,imagine how much 'they' can see :??
  • Robin, how nice of you to drop by. =D> be sure and visit the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel tower in Paris. it is amazing and so much fun. :D i can see my street down to the red truck in front of my house!! well enough playing around!! thank you for turning us on to the Globe. i have an idea how much "they" may be seeing and i don't like it at all.!! very scary!! so i hope you plan on getting some sleep tonight. I) if you can't sleep why not shop? i like that idea! it is still to early for me to know if i will be sleeping tonight. i am usually really rather dozy by now but i am wide awake. that is not a good sign for me! well, good night and i look forward to hearing from you later! Jenny :)
  • :) 1:15AM and i am still awake!! ~X( the foghorns are going off again tonight! not only is it dark out but there is a deep, white cloud surrounding the house. i love the fog but oh! how it hurts!! :''( today is the big online shopping day! since i can't get out and shop much i will be using online shopping this year more than ever. so inbetween the fog and shopping(mostly window shopping), i am up for the night! =)) did i hear anyone else say they were up tonight? Jenny :)
  • Still awake counting the hours till I can take more meds Yet another day wiped out!!!!! It's a much lonelier existence at this time in the morning when everyone is fast asleep.......

  • :H Turn those frowns upside down :))(

    Well hey~It's after 4 here and I'm like @) .

    My Christmas tree is up... :?? and I have just a few lights on for now..I'm on a break :O) .

    ALL of my laundry is done & not a single dish,not even a spoon in the sink.well-I ran the dishwasher...but I also emptied it so =D>

    I've been busy and tomorrow(later today)I will be sorry,but dang it's nice to get caught up around here and now a new month...getting ready for Christmas is good.

    So.......I'm here and I hope all of you are doing very very goodly........ :)
  • :) Robin, well good morning! :H and aren't you busy? =)) i put my tree up Sunday and it is so nice to have it up and decorated. now put on the rest of the lights and the decorations and you can go to bed. I) hmmmmmm,hard to believe it is December and the year is just about gone. you will be paying for this later today but for now enjoy the heck out of getting your tree up. <:P Jenny :)

  • 1. Cold, stagnant fog( red flag warning here last week or so),

    2. 7.5 on the pain scale-new pain in left elbow can bend it but OWWWW :''(

    3. Long chat with a new friend regarding Psoriatic Arthritis which seems to be the really heavy pain behind the readings.Just my luck, Rheumy will of course have to give the final word and I will be getting a second opinion now + real pain management is very real now.The weather is killing me, bare can breath at it worst with my ribs feeling like last nights punching bag.

    4. Despite my pain, I feel an ease since I began and hope it pns out just for my sake.Certainly not happy, but I will have some closure...

    5. i get a week supply of Ambien CR tomorrow sleep finally I) tonight not so much :''(
  • Don't you know it(about the sufferage I mean),but it will be worth it.All month I will look at that tree......I always turn the lights on first thing in the morning,and on cloudy/rainy days it cheers my soul.I sit on the couch with my first cuppa coffee and goggle( 8> )the tree........I think only good thoughts :^o Well...I try really hard to think only good thoughts!

    My pain is greatly DEcreased right now ;)) ,but it was a bad time there for awhile.Thankfully THAT snag has passed :)))

    I'm glad you have your tree up Jenny,so I'm not the only early bird around here which is good.A few miles down the road the nieghbors are decorated like it's a contest! I don't do all that grand illusion stuff..not now that my boys are grown.....and live in another state anyway :))(
    I slap a wreath on the door and call it Christmas.
    I'm kidding(lol)I do a LITTLE more than that,but I do believe that little is more when decorating-and if I can't afford a lot of good stuff I would rather have a little good stuff than a bunch of cheesy looking decor.

    Geeze-can I babble er what =))
  • I was typing as you posted...and it looks like I just totally ignored your pain and all... :??

    I understand what you mean about the closure.When I was dx'ed with my thyroid disease 21/22 yrs ago I felt relief...not that I had it,but just KNOWING wth was going on with me-I had SO many symptoms and I am a firm believer that the not knowing(for me)can be the worst of it at times!!!

    Good to hear that you have a 'new friend' that you can relate to w/this illness and/or symptoms and maybe helping you find some answers...or at least validating some of your questioning symptoms..that has to be reassuring.

    I do read your posts...I'm just a slow typer.. :)

  • Thank you Robin, I appreciate the kind words and hope your night is going well.I am a chicken finger typist these days, thank goodness for spellcheck 8}
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