I did it! I survived my sleep study.
It was quite intense. I think my expectations were a bit skewed. I was envisioning more like a mini retreat.
It was all business. Sleep business.
And the minute the lights went out and the door shut behind the sleep technician as she whispered, "good night", I went into full panic mode.
Luckily I was really tired. She had asked if I wanted to watch a bit of television before I fell asleep. But I declined. I knew to take advantage of the heavy lidded, dull brained feeling I had when I was really sleepy. Television might wake up my brain.
As she was attaching my electrodes, I watched a show on Animal Planet called "Lone Star Law", about Texas game wardens. I was hooked! It was fascinating. I rarely watch tv, and we don't have cable at home, thankfully. But this show drew me in. In retrospect, I should have continued to watch it until I fell asleep.
Something about being hooked up, tucked in, lights off, door closing, fel…
This morning about 4 a.m. I woke up with severe stabbing pains in my jaw. My whole head, face and neck felt like someone had it in a vice. And was turning the lever.
I had already taken a dose of Thera-Flu before bed. Since Wednesday morning is my time with Gracie, I wanted to make sure I was well rested. I didn't want to be groggy on Gracie duty.
But with the pain I was experiencing, I was questioning how effective I would be at all.
I was wide awake, holding my jaw as everything throbbed. I made a decision to take another dose of Thera-Flu. The package said I could take one dose every 4 hours.
So I boiled some water and sat hunched over the kitchen table. I poured the hot water over the powder. As I waited for it to cool, I put my face close to the cup. The hot steam gave my poor face a bit of relief.
I was wondering if I had a sinus infection. My throat was sore and raw. I was congested. Had a bit of a cough. The jaw pain was troubling. Last week when my allergies we…
Most dramatic am I. But I feel like I went to hell and back this weekend.
One mistake was to take over the counter medication (Tylenol, Thera-Flu and Ibuprofen) and drink massive caffeine in order to make it through teaching classes on Friday.
I felt really good until early evening. Then it felt like my head was going to explode. My cough returned with a vengeance, dragging along massive sneezing and nose dripping.
Then like a big dummy I downed another mug of Thera-Flu before bed. I didn't even consider cancelling Saturday breakfast with my mom. And definitely could not afford to cancel anymore piano lessons.
Oy, I felt miserable Saturday morning. But I managed to get up and stagger down the road to the bus stop just in time. I was halfway to our regular restaurant before I remembered it was St. Patrick's Day. I looked down at my outfit. Not a speck of my favorite color green. So, before I joined my mom, I stopped at Rite Aid in search of a little…