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I am having a really hard time getting a good night's sleep lately.
I'll be willing to bet that I'm not alone in my battle with sleeplessness.
My inability to get at least six hours of solid sleep leaves me feeling a little wobbly all day and with the disconcerting sensation of teetering on the edge of an energy abyss. Last night was one of those nights.
I know that my insomnia is due to the fact that I am having a hard time managing my peripheral neuropathy and restless leg syndrome right now. I'm taking gabapentin (Neurontin) which up until about six weeks ago was barely - just barely - keeping the shooting pains and vibration sensations in my legs and feet under wraps. My prescription of pramipexole (Mirapex) for RLS leaves me mildly nauseous about an hour after I take it, and since my symptoms of RLS are increasing, I'm left to wonder which would be worse: increasing my dose to relieve the RLS causing an increase in that nasty barfy feeling OR doing nothing and grapple with that nightly uncontrollable urge to move my legs and get up to walk walk walk on my painful knee.
Wah. Wah wah wah wah.
I've got an appointment soon with my doctor for a strategy session. There's simply got to be a better way to manage this. Ah, but in the meantime, I've seen many sunrises.
I have a love/hate relationship with sunrises these days. I dislike having been awake from sunset to sunrise in a sleepy loop of irritation. But then there's mornings like this, when I see the horizon lighten and wonder yet again why my symptoms seem to fade as the sun begins to shine. I love that.
This morning I grumped myself over to the coffee pot and poured myself a cuppa, and noticed that the sky was clear, so I slid open the patio door and shuffled out to the deck and my canvas swing.
I sipped coffee and waited for........
Lulu loves a good sunrise too.