Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rotten Night

Well, just when you think something will be a breeze... or at least, that you've done it before, so it will be simpler the second time around. Nope. I'll reiterate one of my posts from last year: these projects ain't for sissies. Parts of them are fun, but other parts are uncomfortable.

Yesterday, I only had a bit of mild tingling in the legs... no numbness or "hot spots" as I've heard others report (though that doesn't mean that won't show up over more time). My back twinged many times, particularly when I tried to breathe deeply.

The same was true last year, so I expected another acclimation period. Any change in circumstances or environment takes adjustment, but when any symptoms become acute, predicting that adjustment doesn't make it any easier!

The backache didn't interfere with my normal activities yesterday... instead it waited until the middle of the night to flare into fire! I woke up just after 3:00am, unable to find a comfortable sleeping position. I tossed and turned for awhile, and you know how it is when you cannot sleep -- you start thinking how drowsy you'll be the next day, and every tiny noise seems amplified. The ticking clock in my room started to sound explosive and sinister. I became frustrated that I just couldn't close my eyes. For the first time, I called for a nurse in the middle of the night.

Luckily, responses around here are always immediate, sympathetic and geared toward swift resolution. The only problem is with ME, in terms of not asking for help sooner. Perhaps that's true for many women -- we are not used to being taken care of -- certainly not accustomed to smiling nurses waiting on us hand and foot! It's difficult to deal with the guilt of "bothering" someone until I feel desperate. Within a few minutes, I had two Tylenol in hand, along with a heating pad and earplugs... and another half-hour later, I was fast asleep.

I slept so deeply, I experienced another "first" here: I didn't even hear the wake-up music! Part of it was the foam earplugs, but I was honestly still knocked out and didn't blink into consciousness until another nurse was wrapping a blood pressure cuff around my arm for morning vitals!

Backache gone. Adaptability in action. And today, I get to do it aaaaaaall over again... going into the "standing" tilt any moment now...

8 comments:

Ruthie Hochman said...

Just checking in... feel like I have to get briefed on the back drop of your narrative... is the latest post an aspect of your research... or something else...? Accident? Injury? Illness? I look forward to "discovering" more... :) Enjoy your day... Brgds, Ruthie

sarcasmo said...

Well I hope you know I got a call from Melissa and she says not only did you take her bed but now your complaining about it....gezz some people are just never happy..hehehheh

Mrs. L said...

Not that I like you in pain but I find this all so interesting. Do the astronauts in space get things like back pains and spasms? Or do they work all that out in prep for being in space?

Anonymous said...

So glad you're back in another study, Heather. You are a great writer, and it's fun and interesting to read your updates. Thank you! Keeping you in my prayers, and learning lots as I go!

Sach said...

Here's wishing you strength and good feelings!

PillowNaut said...

Thanks everyone!! Well, except Sarcasmo...dude, seriously, drop dead ;p

Mr. or Ms. Anonymous...wow! If you're going to say something that awesomely nice, let me know your NAME next time, hehe :)

Anonymous said...

what about "the birds" no mention of them?! When I read of the magnified clock sounds that was my first thought.... what about "the birds" come on now you have to entertain all us "Bird Brains" LOL

PillowNaut said...

Oh right, the birds! There is a flock that tends to chirp like mad in the wee small hours right outside my window. Ack. I love birds, but in when you can't sleep and they are squawking, you start hoping they migrate back to wherever they came from, LOL...