Sleep Deprivation – Oh the Joy!

Today my father was scheduled for a 7:00 a.m. surgery.  The hospital is an hour from my home.  I decided that I would get up at 4:30, jump into a pair of jeans and a tee and drive to the hospital.  I would get there in enough time to see him before he was wheeled into surgery and then go sit in my car and knit or read and wait.

The plan was that I would try to go to bed early.  Of course that didn’t happen and I finally got to bed at 10:00 after making sure I had my knitting and Kindle and items for lunch, etc.  I couldn’t go to sleep and couldn’t take my melatonin if I wanted to be awake enough to drive in the dark by myself.  I put a movie in and set the timer on the television for 30 minutes because I am usually fast asleep within that time frame from the sound.  I had to reset the timer because I had not fallen asleep and my mind was a buzz.  I must have fallen asleep during the second 30 minutes.  At 2:45 I woke up cold and needing a bathroom break.  I heated up my bean bag, tucked it up close to my body, and attempted to go to sleep.  At 4:00 I finally just got up, showered, and dressed.  I checked my emails while I nibbled on a piece of toasted yeast-free bread.

Promptly at 5:00 a.m. I  got in the car and hit the road.  15 minutes into my drive my cell phone rang.  It was my sister.  Dad’s surgery had been cancelled.  I drove another 1o minutes to the next exit where I could make a turn around and drove home.  It turns out that the anesthesiologist  didn’t like something he saw on the chest x-ray.

I am glad that I can have my green tea again because I need the caffeine fix desperately.  I hope you all had a better night’s sleep than I and am more rested.

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15 responses to “Sleep Deprivation – Oh the Joy!

  1. I have constant issues with sleep. It’s my biggest challenge. I wish you sweet dreams. 🙂

  2. Hey, call this a test run. Smiling.

  3. I PRAISE GOD EVERY NIGHT NOW FOR BEING ABLE TO LAY DOWN IN MY BED & SLEEP— AS IT WAS WEEKS & WEEKS & WEEKS & WEEKS OF CAT NAPPING SITTING UP IN A CHAIR– & FIGHTING FOR EVERY BREATHE OF AIR— I DO PRAISE GOD EACH DAY FOR IMPROVED HEALTH & EACH NIGHT WE PRAISE GOD THAT I CAN LAY DOWN IN A BED & SLEEP & NOT CAT NAP!! –KATHRYN– GET A NAP TODAY MY MCS SISTER— & HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER– & I PRAY ALL GOES IN GOD’S WILL FOR YOUR DAD!!!

  4. Hoping and praying you can rest today. Fatigue seems to make us MCS folks more reactive.
    I had trouble sleeping for last five years until recently began taking a couple taurine 500mg in the evening and sleep soundly all night if hubby isn’t snoring to loud or having restless legs. After two nights of him keeping me awake,last night sent him to guest room when he began snoring the moment his head hit the pillows.I actually slept almost 9 hours straight since accidentally set my alarm for pm instead of am so woke when rested.The taurine in an enzyme MCS folks need anyhow so win-win for me!!
    Now if could get something to cure hubby’s snoring and restless legs…

    Deb

    • It does make us more reactive. It brings on the muscle pain and the feeling like you have been ran over by a bus. I went to bed that night at 9 and slept until 7 or 7:30. I still don’t feel like I am totally caught up.

  5. I hope you can rest today, and that your father’s surgery went well! xx

  6. Kathy: I think many of us of a certain age face sleep issues. Any change in routine, such as needing to get up extra early to be on time somewhere in the morning, puts us in a state of anticipation that wrecks our ability to fall asleep. I’ve been there. Hope you have a better night tonight! Blessings, Jennie

    • Yes the sleep issues for me are brought on by so many different things. A change of routine, waking up before the alarm in anticipation of it going off, menopause, exposures. I did sleep well that night and hope to have another good night tonight to catch up.

  7. As soon as you tell me I have to get up early — no way can I fall asleep. I hope everything is okay with your dad. I guess the only good part is you found out before you got all the way there. 😀

  8. May you get the rest you need! I know how frustrating and upsetting it can be to be sleep-deprived.

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