I envy the posts of those who say they sleep well 1 or 2 weeks post spine surgery. For me nights are unpredictable. 3 nights ago I woke up choking and coughing. the next night...slept like a baby for 6 hours (that's a record for me since Nov. 6), last night I was up until 1:30am and then awakened every 3 hours in pain.
So today...I will not stay in bed and take a morning nap to make up for lack of sleep. We're expecting 9-12 inchces of snow (which for us is kind of a lot). Of course, that means that I won't be going out until the snow, ice yada, yada yada clears up. Ever seen snow in NYC 3 days after a storm???? Not so pretty or white. ha ha.
Do any of you have tricks or tips for getting a better night sleep? I have a ortho pillow, I am on Vicoden 7.5/750 (which even after 6 weeks, my doctor insist that I take consistently to stay ahead of pain) and at night I take Valium 10mg. Until 3 days ago when I saw my dr I was using Tylenol PM at night but with so much Vicoden now...I'm concerned that it'd be too much for my system. Melatonin has not helped. It makes me sleepy but it doesn't keep me asleep.
My only happy thought today is that I'll be going to Walmart to buy my neices and nephews xmas gifts. I haven't been to Wally World in over 8 weeks! Its an hour from my home. My sister's driving since I'm band from driving for another 8 weeks!
I am frustrated by this inability to sleep. I think its time to cable in the bedroom I'm currently using, since I'll be here until I can sleep with my husband on our waterbed. I've searched the web....read about MRIs...researched my surgery a thousand times...I check this forumm time and time again and then there's facebook. I've read all my books. I didn't plan this far ahead. 14 weeks of no housework and no driving????? Nothing could have prepared me for this. When its done, I'll appreciate it and I love my doctor. but with 8 LONG weeks looming ahead, the thought of lack of sleep is not a joy to me.
Anyone else have these kind of issues? Muscle spasms some nights, bone pain other nights....just plain insomnia other. I'm surprised I'm not cranky (depends on who you ask, I guess -ha ha).
Have a great holiday. since the snow is coming, at least the kiddies will enjoy a white pre-Christmas. I'm happy for them. I only hope my daughter can get here from College.
Thanks in advance for posting. I'm keeping hope alive....though today...its a lagging hope. Tomorrow will be a better day, right?