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August 09, 2006 | Category: In My Life

And now, we interrupt this show for a very important health announcement:

Dr. Specialist the culprit thanks my disorientation and clumsiness is...

Lack of sleep.

No. Shit.

See, he thinks that a combination of the joint pain that comes and goes with Lupus combined with the stress of leaving my job is probably why I don't sleep through the night (I sort of come awake off and on but hadn't thought anythging of it) and THAT culminates in sleep deprivation.

And extended sleep deprivation would cause these bouts of crushing fatigue, the disorientation, forgetfulness, and clumsiness (and all other fun stuff).

Seriously? Sleep.

All that drama. The serious face of the docotor who sent me to a neurologist. The anxious explanation of a brain virus that occurs in second-stage Lupus. CD, Bear and I holding hands before the appointment....



They're confirming the diagnosis with an MRI and other tests to be sure. But in the meantime, I've been prescribed Ambien and a blankie.

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Oh, man! Ambien is supposed to work very well. I really hope this is it!

I know from experience that prolonged sleep disturbance really screws up a person. I did it for three years and then just went haywire. I took Ativan for a few nights, along with doctor-prescribed light exercise in the early morning to get the morning sunlight on my skin. It really helped.

Zoloft for most of a year helped, too.

Hang in there...at least you'll know very quickly if the sleep helps....and hey, more rest is only going to make you feel better and stronger, no matter what.

Posted by: paige on August 10, 2006 04:59 PM

What a blessing!

Posted by: abogada on August 10, 2006 10:47 AM

In perspective, this is very good news indeed. I would offer to knit you a blankie myself; but th truth is projects of that size are often sucked into the 5th dimensionand never heard from again.
I hope you enjoy a good nights sleep - or 10.

Posted by: cursingmama on August 10, 2006 10:22 AM

I know you're totally relieved. Congratulations on the diagnosis. I went through a similar scare several months ago and I know how you must've felt.

Posted by: Suburban Turmoil on August 10, 2006 07:49 AM

Lack of sleep? I have to tell you that I'm pretty relieved to hear that. Looks like you're going to have to put yourself on a schedule so that you get enough rest. I know it sounds simple but it's something very difficult to do for someone who is as active and involved as you are with Bear. Just try to fit in at least one more hour of solid sleep in each day or two. Take care Elizabeth! {{{HUGS}}}

Posted by: Grace on August 9, 2006 10:09 PM