Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I have been awake...

since 12:20p.m. I went to bed around 9:00p.m. after taking my Ambien and fell right to sleep, but then woke up having to go to the bathroom and haven't been back to sleep since. I finished reading "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer and watched some television. I took the dogs out and nuked a frozen "brick" biscuit breakfast for Eddie. I had the standard fair of dry Cheerios and a Granny Smith apple. Since then, I have developed a MONDO headache and feel downright exhausted, but here I am drafting a blog post. It seems neither snow, nor sleet, nor gloom of night, or anything else for that matter, can keep me from my appointed post. LOL

My head seems as if it is in a fog and my vision is blurry. I do not feel good, not sick, just not good. I hate not being able to sleep. My physician says that insurance won't cover Ambien CR and so he prescribes the regular so it won't be so expensive, but I think I need something else, this is just not working. I already take 10 mg, I don't want to push a higher dosage than that, plus I go to sleep fine with the regular dosage, it just doesn't keep me asleep all night. It has been many, many years since I slept without the help of a sleep aid.

Next Thursday I go for blood work and the following week for a physical and I guess I will have to discuss all of this with the Doc at that time. I hate to have to take any meds now, since I was able to drop four major pills after surgery. Currently, I take one for GERD, the Ambien and lots of vitamins.

This has been a constant problem for me for quite awhile, I wish I could go cold turkey and stay awake with whatever DT's I might have for however long it takes 'til I crash, then I could be free from the evils of the demon, Ambien.

Good napping ya'll!


Meaghan said...

I struggled with sleeping since I was diagnosed with cancer. Ambien stopped working so I was forced to try many things. Here are some suggestions:

-Stop watching TV and looking at the computer screen an hour before bed! It stimulates your brain & makes it super hard to sleep.

-See if they will give you Adivan (awesome anti anxiety that helps you sleep)works way better than Ambien

-Try anything lavender. Lavender is known to help relax and bring on sleep. Bath salts, candles and there is even a pillow spray.

-Warm baths always help me

-chamomile tea with valarian root.

Hope it helps and get some sleep would ya :)


American in Norway said...

Wow! You look amazing! Good job. Can't wait to read some more posts from you!
Thanks for stopping by & showing some bloggy love on my big SITS day!

Pat MacK said...

I feel bad for you Debbie and have absolutely no advice to give. I fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow and sleep like a log until 6 am when my internal alarm goes off. Hope your doc can help you find a suitable solution to your problem.

renee said...

Hey girl. My mom's sleep medicine stopped working for her, so they have switched her twice to find one that does. Definately discuss it. There are too manu others to try. BTW, congrats on getting off all your other pills. Send me an email and let me know what you managed to get off. I am really hoping to leave off at least one of mine.

Insane Mama said...

I have had the worst headache of my life for about a week. I can't seem to get rid of it. Hope you feel better.

Aleta said...

If I can't get my thoughts to settle, I won't be able to sleep. Greg found out that he has severe sleep apnae (oen of the worst cases the doctor has seen) and he uses a CPAP (he hates that word) machine and now... he gets a good night's sleep. Is there anything your doctor can suggest? *hugs* and hopefully you'll catch some zzzz's soon.