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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream…

Jan Chait

September 25, 2012

There’s a pre-fast meal to prepare, a monthly bulletin to complete, and a house to clean. But all I want to do is sleep.

I wake up sleepy from my overnight sleep, from my morning nap, my afternoon nap, my evening nap, and my in-between-naps naps.

Oh, I know what the problem is, and all I have to do is stop taking one little capsule…and endure the phantom pain it alleviates. So what is it? Snuggling under a down duvet in my bed or a down blankie in my recliner and drifting off to sleep, or constantly changing position in my chair as I try to rid my nonexistent leg and foot from uncomfortable — and sometimes painful — sensations?

I’ll take sleeping, thank you. For a while.

I’ve been going through sleeping/waking cycles for a while and couldn’t understand what was going on. At the same time, I’d been taking that particular drug off and on. I really don’t like taking drugs, so I would wait until the phantom pain got to be too much and take it for a while. Then, when things got better, I would stop.

Eventually, I sort of put two-and-two together. Then I looked up side effects and everything clicked.

Interestingly, another side effect is loss of appetite, which I’ve also been experiencing — and could use! Another reason to keep taking it.

It might not be a bad idea to check all of the medications we take. All you have to do is enter the name — either the generic name or the brand name — into an online search engine.

A woman I met several years ago was frustrated because her doctor kept telling her to lose weight — and she kept gaining, despite frantic attempts to lose, including taking a class in mindful eating. Turns out Doc had prescribed an antidiabetic medication that promoted weight gain. He denied that it did, but she was able to show him a printout that basically said, “oh, yes, it does!”

(Being able to prove your doctor wrong…priceless!)

This is short but, if you’ll pardon me, the bed calls.



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