Sunday, January 25, 2009

Beware of the Crazy Lady!

In case you were wondering, I am talking about myself.

Call it January (absolute HELL month at work), call it pregnancy hormones, call it whatever you want, but I am a mess.  I even annoy myself.  My emotions are all over the goddamn place.  It is almost kind of amusing.  One second I am so annoyed at [pretty much anything], and then the next minute I am musing about how good my life is.  Two seconds after that I could be crying and then 5 minutes later I am laughing at how ridiculous I am being for crying.  Fun times...

So rather than try and put together a comprehensive post, I will give you all a few updates about things I have written about lately.  First of all, let's talk about my sleep and the issues I was/am having.  If you remember, I posted about how my arms fall asleep when sleeping and then if I move onto my back, my sciatic nerve kills me.  My doctor had given me three things to try and improve the situation: 1) Buy one of those annoying body pillow-things, 2) Wear carpal tunnel braces on my wrists when I sleep, and 3) Go and see a chiropractor.

So yesterday the snoogle was delivered.  Last night was my first night sleeping with it.  I have to admit that it is pretty comfy.  However, I am not one of those people who falls asleep in one position and wakes up in the same place.  I toss and turn and go from side to side while I am sleeping.  Always have.  So while the pillow makes that initial position really comfy, when I inevitably have to go to the other side, or move around at all, it is extremely difficult to move.  Either you lug the pillow with you so you can flip, which with sheets etc. is quite hard, or else you leave the pillow where it is and flip and therefore lose all the benefits of said pillow.  I should point out that I am sleeping alone in a king sized bed as well, so this would be even more difficult if you were trying to share the bed with someone else.  So my jury is still out on it.  Overall it is quite nice, but bulky and cumbersome if you don't happen to sleep in the exact same spot all night long.

When my doc told me about the carpal tunnel things, I thought she was a little bit crazy, but I was just sleep deprived enough to try about anything.  The first few nights I wore them I had crazy dreams about being in casts and breaking my arms and people sitting on my arms etc.  But every time I woke up I realized that my arms were not asleep.  It is crazy, but it appears to work.  Holy crap, color me shocked.  They are quite annoying to deal with being that I wake up approximately 6 times a night to pee, and trying to wipe after peeing with a HUGE belly and "casts" on your arms proves to be quite difficult (sorry if that's TMI), but it is working.  My arms have not fallen asleep since I started wearing them.  Go doc!

The third option is one I have not pursued yet.  I would love to make an appointment with a chiropractor to see if she could help, but I am pretty sure it will not be covered by insurance.  And if it is, I will most likely have to pay out of pocket and submit the paperwork and then wait for a reimbursement check.  Since I recently had to start doing that for all of The Boy's speech therapy I am a little short on cash right now and therefore have put that on the back burner.  But if things get really bad again, I still have the phone number and won't hesitate to call.

So sleeping is still a bit of an issue, but that goes with pregnancy.  It is much more tolerable without the dead arm thing, so that is a step in the right direction.  Now if they could just make a splint that repaired the brain from all the emotional ups and downs I would be great.  My child just got home from a couple hours with his Mom (where he apparently met the new girlfriend who showed up "unexpectedly") and while he was gone I managed to do anything and everything except the work I so desperately need to do.  So before I manage to miss the opportunity of working during his nap, I will sign off.  Happy Sunday everyone.

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