Awake! Asleep! (cramps…)

I need to grind me some stones on the day job this morning, so this will be brief. Did some med shuffling recently, and thought I would write about it in the interest of science.

CPAP: I think, after about 6 months of CPAP action, I am finally able to sleep through the night with it. For the last 4 days, I’ve managed to keep it on all night. The secret seems to be me taking that second Xanax I am allowed to take, but generally don’t. Seems to make me not want to claw it off my face when I’m half asleep, and seems to make it okay to slow breath once I get up at night and disrupt my sleep. Yeah.

In spite of the CPAP, I’m still a pretty sleep person. I score a 13 out of 20 on that sleepiness scale. If I’m not driving, I am very likely to fall asleep in your car (as Skipper Dee can attest to, recently). At movies, in front of the television, and sometimes while reading. The neurologist offered me medicine for it.

Sleep Doc: I can give you some medicine for that.
Me: No, I’m on two depression meds. That might counteract their purposes.
Sleep Doc: I don’t think so, unless you are Manic Depressive or are on NSAIDs.
Me: No, I’m already putting a lot of drugs in my body.
Sleep Doc: Okay. Well, the CPAP doesn’t seem to be helping you enough.
Me: We can talk about it next time, right? When I get my life transforming CPAP under control!
Sleep Doc: Okay. We’ll do that. Do you have energy to do anything at night? Work out? Things you want to do that aren’t your job?
Me: Oh. (cue lightbulb) Okay, I’ll try it.
Sleep Doc: Here are some samples. We’ll call them in if you like it.

First day, I tried the new awake pill without Xanax. Wow. No one told me that the new pill would give Catherine Tourette’s! I curbed my not quite safe for work vocabulary, and things went fine for most of the day. In the evening, I was really jumpy, paranoid, and full of anxiety, SO the next day I started taking a xanax.

I am currently not falling asleep in the car. That’s pretty amazing. I had a little bit of trouble this morning, but that was the first incident in 3 days, and I believe that has more to do with the issues below. So, I’ll finish off my samples, and if it works, I’ll probably add a new pill to my repertoire.

Wimmin’s stuff below.

I am turning 50 in about 8 days. Yes, there will be fireworks. But I’ve decided to see what happens if I go off pregnancy preventing hormones for the first time since I was 18. The answer seems to be… cramps. As in, I could get a gym note to excuse me from participating cramps. I took some meds for them, and that seems to help, but you know, I wish my uterus would just put up or shut up.

So, according to the experts, the INTERNET, this happens to some women, along with acne, and tender breasts, and memory gaps, etc. Now, why would we do this? Why would we go off the pill to revisit our pre-pill life? Twisted middle-aged nostalgia? No, it turns out that the only way to know if you’ve gone through the big M(enopause) is to miss 12 periods in a row OFF THE PILL. There’s also a blood test that I can take which is an indicator, but I have to wait 4 months for that. So, depending on severity of side effects, actual periods, and/or not, and the health benefits of being on the pill while doing the big M, we’ll see if I go back on or not.

Did I actually say health benefits? Why yes! Pill usage in older women has been known to reduce ovarian cancer and minimize the effects of menopause, especially if you’re taking hormones at a super low dose, which I was. However, if you smoke, you’re obese (raises hand), have high blood pressure, or diabetes, you should get off the darned things. Or stop smoking and lose weight for the first two.

Anyway, may not last the day at work. May go home and commune with a heating pad. Wish me luck.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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