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Good Morning Barb:

It's funny that you wrote that today... In a grumpy (funny) kind of way! You forgot to mention the phone... I am here to tell you that you are not alone...

I had been running on about 4-5 hours of sleep so far this year. Then when I got the flu this last week, I was able to crash pretty well except for the one night when I was woken up at three am because dad was up playing with the animals and clapping loudly. Then last night, I heard the loudest noise (at three am again) and I was so afraid dad had fallen down the stairs.

Of course I leapt out of bed which led to one dog barking loudly and both of them wanting out... After I checked on dad, I let them both out, then went back upstairs to double-check on dad and decided to turn out his hanging bed light only to discover the light was broken. The chain completely broken off...

By the time I got back to bed, I laid awake for two hourse before I could fall back asleep again. But, being determined, I was able to fall back into glorious sleep until the phone rang at 8:30... Of course it was an 800 number which hung up when I answered! (lol?)

Gosh, Barb, thank you for letting me vent about last nights interrupted rest... It feels good to vent! I guess we need some sleep tips here? Anybody else have trouble sleeping at night?

Love and Hugs from Glenda

[This message has been edited by glenderella (edited 01-26-2006).]
So, what is it like to get a full night's rest?? When mom was here, I kept a baby monitor right next to my ear, so I had hubby on one side snoring and mom on the other snoring!!! Talk about stereo!!

Now, dear hubby continues to snore (and seems as if he's getting louder), and now Herbie, my little Bichon Frise', who will be 15 in a week, cuddles up right next to me and snores away! Then there's the cat, KC, who doesn't snore (thank God!) but loves to cuddle in close and PURRS all night long! I have two more dogs (I know, I'm a little nuts). One is a two year old Golden that is in and out of bed all night. Thankfully, my other dog Cassidy sleeps peacefully at the foot of our bed and has never wanted to sleep in bed. So, no I really don't know what it's like to sleep through the night
Glenda, I hope you are feeling better!
Sleep - what is sleep LOL!!!

I cannot remember the last night I had a good nights sleep. 3 1/2 years ago my Mother started having "issues" in the evenings and would keep me up several hours at night. At one point I think I went close to 10 days with only a few hours of sleep. Then my Father became terminal - and had to get up with him and my Mother.

For those 3 hours or so a night I would get sleep - I would sleep very very very deep. I think a tornado could have hit and I would have slept. I slept on the couch next to my Father's hospital bed and if he tried to wake me up during my 3 hours of deep sleep - he would need to call for me very loudly for at least 15 minutes before I heard him.

I remember the last week of his life - all I wanted to do was sleep. I was so TIRED - as I stayed up with him most nights - cause it was quite obvious he was dying (very soon). The day before he died he went into a coma and at 3:30 am I feel asleep. But I remember sitting there - thinking (how horrible is this) - I can't wait til this is over so I can sleep!!!!!! Cause I can't keep going -

Well my Father has been gone almost 8 months - in the last 4 months my Mother pretty much sleeps thru the night (Alzheimer's has made her sleep amazing) - maybe once a week she comes to me at night. But sleep - NOPE -

I lay on the couch - my only bed for 3 1/2 years (I need to be close to her or she will be up all the time)- and my heart races - and pounds or my stomach hurts or a dog jumps on my head - or my mind wanders - so nope - no sleep much now either - with NOBODY to blame but myself - go figure right?????

Glenda - I so enjoy your story of your Dad with the animals - I can just imagine your cut Dad playing and barking with the pets. Sounds like something my Father would have done.


Oh Dear Janet:

You bring up another good point... Where do we get to sleep? I know that I have shifted around from bedroom to bedroom during the past few years depending on dad's health! I finally landed in the one bedroom (or should I say bedwomb) that is so tiny but somewhat isolated upstairs from the kitchen. I call it the "maids quarters"... It is so hard to find a comfortable space when you are trying to cover all the entrance/exit points! (lol)

Love and Hugs from Glenda

[This message has been edited by glenderella (edited 01-28-2006).]

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