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Fewer Words Thursday-Life And Conduct And Taking Responsibility

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Thursday. First, I want to thank some people. Recently, I have had some new subscribers to this here blog and I want to say, like Gomer Pyle,
“Thankee, thankee, thankee!”
You have really encouraged me to keep going and I appreciate your support. Really.
Today, I’m joining a friend, named Andrea Hutchinson, for her endless pursuit to make her words fewer. If you would like to come along with us, just link up to her blog here: May My Words Be Fewer-Thursdays,and leave a sweet comment for her. Or, if you want to leave a comment for her in my box, I’ll make sure she gets it. Anyone is invited to write their own post and link up with us. Join us! You might like it. If you don’t have a blog, you can just put your post in her comment box or mine, whichever you feel more comfortable with.

And now, on with the prompt:
Life And Conduct And Taking Responsibility:
Over the past six or more years, I had been taking Wellbutrin-or the generic version of it. Well, I discovered some problems with it. For one thing, it was draining my energy. I was sleeping 16 hours a day. I was also dehydrated, some of it from not eating and some from the medicine. I kept getting sinus infections and could not get well. I missed a lot of church, at home in bed. I did some reading and found that after a few years, Wellbutrin can no longer do it’s job and actually has the opposite effect-causing depression. I finally talked to my doctor and he took me off of it.
He put me on a different medication and I am feeling much better. I am getting back into the world. I am slowly taking back responsibility of my life-one step at a time. I have slowly gotten back into the housework and my blog. The weird thing is, since January, when I started setting some posts to publish, I started noticing more subscribers. It has been rewarding, seeing that I am reaping for the sowing, sort of.
I still need to work on the housework more, get more of a schedule. I am working out a schedule, it’s just not fully there. My family feels like I am part of the family again and obviously, they are glad to see me out of bed. Another weird thing, is that Terry had to wake me up, so I could take the medicine-or it would keep me up at night. I feel like one of those celebrities-I have to take medicine to get me to sleep and medicine to wake me up. lol
So, what is a stumbling block in your life? Is there something you need to work on? Tell us about it. Maybe we can help.

Can Someone Say, “You can do it!”

Holly Green
Day 22 of the Wordcount Blogathon and I am about ready to quit. I’m still going, though.

Do you ever feel like you can’t deal with the upcoming week? Do you ever find yourself so forgetful that you can’t remember important things? Do you ever feel like

Fewer Words Thursday-New Life

Well, it’s that time again.  It is Thursday and you know what that means.  It’s time for “Let My Words Be Few…Thursday”.  This is where I join up with Andrea and we do a positive post in as few words as possible.  We would be deeeeelighted to have anyone join us on this day or any other Thursdays.  The prompt for today is…New Life.
Andrea had a cute little picture of her doggie, who is about to give birth and doesn’t appear to be feeling too well.  It was a sweet post and I will be sending my post to Andrea and you can do the same, after sending your post to me. (more…)

Sleep Lab: Part 2, post #4

By:  Holly Green

Whew!  It’s been a long day.  There is something about having to sleep twenty minutes and stay up for an hour and a half, when you

Aaron, William's supervisor, was just as friendly and knowledgeable.

just get to sleep at the very end of each time.  It feels like some sort of torture on my body but I cannot put a finger on it.  I would rather have this torture than many others.  My body feels beat but I cannot sleep.  My last test at the sleep lab did not show anything new.  Aaron said that if I fell asleep and went straight into stage 3-REM sleep, I would need to stay for another test but if not, it was my last.  I think I remember one of the guys telling me that if you go straight into REM sleep, you have narcolepsy.  I could be wrong but obviously, I don’t go straight into REM in a twenty-minute nap.

I did the same thing I had been doing-waking up for no reason.  I remember seeing this on a TV show, where a specific spot on a person’s brain lit up if they were aroused from their sleep.  I was more aware of it the last time, I think because I was trying very hard to go to sleep but every time I would start to, something would wake me up.  I’m not sure what.  That could be because I’m so tired.  I do remember, though, starting to get into a sleep and getting so relaxed that I exhaled and did not inhale-I think.  I was not noisily gasping for air but I think I had stopped breathing.  I don’t know.  That’s what the doctor is for.

I finally felt like walking around for a few minutes before my last test and found I could not communicate orally very well, either.  Aaron asked me about my blog and I was trying to explain how I broke it up into parts today-I had some trouble.  I felt bad when I told him how I was showing how tired I was getting and he, “Aww”ed me.  It did not occur to me that he might feel bad.  So, I tried to change the subject, of course, on a good string of a sentence-then, forgot what I was saying.  Aaron helped me remember by repeating his question and it jogged my memory.  Don’t you hate that?

Aaron turned out to be just as nice as William was.  I couldn’t even think to yell at him at certain times that I may have wanted to but I would not have if I had thought to.  Does that make sense?  Anyway, for example, every time he woke me up from a nap, he turned on ALL of the lights AND the TV.  The only thing I could do was make a face.  I’m not sure if he saw it.

It was nice to have a TV in my room again, the room I stayed in was just as nice as the other one.  Evidently, I lucked out because they have another sleep lab on the first floor of the building, with the same number of rooms but only two bathrooms.  I would have hated that.  They have another lab in Centreville, VA-that one being the nicest-set up like a hotel with fourteen rooms.  I’d love to see that.

Ist Class Sleep Diagnostic Center has locations in Lansdowne, Centreville, Fairfax, Vienna, Gainesville and Springfield.

Here is the website if anyone is interested:

Sleep Lab:I can’t remember, post#2-uhh#3


Holly Green

Aaron woke me up about an hour ago but he was going to go get lunch for us at Wendy’s and he said I could sleep while he was gone-Yes!  Although, I’m not sure how much I slept.  I just finished eating and can hardly explain how I feel.  Part of me feels less sleepy and pat of me feels more sleepy.  How’s that for an explanation?

He keeps asking me how I feel when I go to sleep and when he wakes me up.  Before I took this last nap, when I told him, “tired”, he rubbed my arm a little.  That was nice.  He said I had a lot of “spontaneous arousals”, like I mentioned in part I, where I would just wake up for no reason.  He said he got to looking at the medicine I take and that maybe it is causing me to wake up constantly.  What’s weird is I only remember a few times.  He asked me how I thought I slept and I said I kept waking up, whether jerking awake or a sound waking me up.  Anyway, I take antidepressants and those might be interfering with my sleep.  They can also keep you from reaching stages 4 and 5 of sleep-the deepest sleep you have at night.

I have a crick in my neck, that I woke up with this morning and it barely bothered me at the time; however, the more naps I take, the worse it gets.  I brought my own pillows-I don’t know why it would do this.  C’est la vie!

I forgot to mention that I have not had to wear all 19 wires today.  William took them off of me this morning, except for the ones on my head-which I barely feel.  I can’t wait to wash the gel out of my hair-it was quite a job getting it out.

Sleep Lab:Part 2, post #2

Another view of the beautiful waiting room.


Holly Green

I am sooooo tired.  It doesn’t feel like 11:00 a.m. but it is.  I’m not sure what time if feels like.  I just know I am tired.

Aaron said it took me more than twenty minutes to fall asleep for this past nap.  I’d hardly call it a nap.  I think he let me sleep fifteen to twenty minutes-or is that even right?  He turns on the lights and the TV before he leaves the room every time he wakes me up.  Before I went to sleep, I was feeling more awake than when I first woke up. Now, I just feel groggy again.

I think there is something about having to sleep on command.  I love to sleep and I do not know how long it takes me to fall asleep normally.  Knowing someone is watching you sleep is weird, though.  I never thought I would have trouble going to sleep but I have actually found a situation that has made it hard.  Not to mention, sleeping in a strange bed.

Sunday, I felt really tired and groggy.  I missed church and slept until 2p.m.  Hopefully, we’ll find out why I feel like this, sometimes.

Aaron said I could walk around but I am so tired.  Then again, I look like a hermit.  Maybe I’ll walk around later.  I think I am pretty much worthless, today, except for my blog.  🙂  Oops, I meant useless.

The artwork and furniture in this room are breathtaking.

Sleep Lab: Part 2


Holly Green

Last night, I spent the night in the sleep lab, 1st Class Sleep Studies, again.  I had William as my technician again, so I was happy about that because he was a familiar face and because he was nice.  I did feel more comfortable knowing he would be with me all night instead of having to get to know someone else.

It was the same drill and I had six hours of sleep.  I got there about 9 p.m., and around 9:40 William came in to attach the wires on me.  I told him that I had the most trouble with the wires in my nose, so, he asked his supervisor and took away one of them.  Yay!  Sort of.  It did feel a little more comfortable and did not itch, this time.

I am soooo tired, right now.  It is almost 9 a.m. but William woke me up at 5:45 a.m. and I was to stay up for two hours.  They fed me breakfast an told me to try to stay awake by watching TV, reading a book, etc.  The TV show, Angel was on and it kept my attention.  I had seen a few reruns of this show, so I kind of knew what it was about.  The first episode was a little humorous and that helped to wake me up.

I am still here because they are doing a day study, too.  If this post does not make any sense, that shows how tired I am.  Anyway, they are having me sleep in twenty minute intervals and stay up for about two hours.  We will do this until about 2-4 p.m.  This is supposed to test for insomnia, narcelepsy and some other sleep disorders, one where you are tired all the time.  Now, that one seems to be me.

I think I might do this post in intervals, too.  Does that make sense?  Right now, I am watching The Golden Girls on TV.  I love this show-the different personalities, airhead Rose, slutty Blanche, sarcastic Dorothy and blunt Sophia.  Wow!  I am talking about nothing, aren’t I?  Wow, I just described Seinfeld.  See what I mean?  I can’t believe I am actually able to type anything.

William said I had several episodes of sleep apnea during the night.  He also said my snoring was considerably louder, this time, since I slept so much longer.  He asked me how I thought I slept last night and I said I thought I slept pretty well.  Last night, he told me some people say that when they did not know they woke up many times or did not make it past the first stage of sleep.  William said I did sleep a lot better than last time.

I now have Aaron, William’s supervisor watching over me today.  He’s petty nice also.  I think I am running out of things to say.

This is William, the technician for the second time during my sleep study.

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