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08:06 pm: Still Not Sleeping, Now Dizzy
So I went to bed at a reasonable time last night (knowing I wouldn't get enough sleep because Lucila was coming, but I'd make it up while she was here) and couldn't sleep again. I tried getting up for about 30 minutes at 6:30am and brought in the paper and skimmed the front pages and put it at the bottom of the pile. Went back to bed and slept off and on, but more off, I think. When the alarm went off at 10am, I opened my eyes and the bookcases were repeating -- like the video version of a stuck LP. They were moving to the right and then starting from the left and moving to the right and repeat. They calmed down as I woke up, but I've been dizzy all day.

I let Lucila in and she asked what was wrong (and when she left, told me to call her if I needed her help) and I tucked into the recliner, but didn't sleep until she'd been here about an hour. After I paid her and let her out, I went back to sleep off and on until almost 6pm. I'm running about five or six hours out of 24, which isn't enough these days. I'm going to take codeine early enough tonight that I'll be able to drive by 2:30pm tomorrow. I hope.

I'm probably not eating enough, either, so I have some elbow mac boiling on the stove and some bottled sauce ready to be heated. I plan to have a cheese sandwich tonight.

I'll ask the rheumatologist about all this tomorrow, although she may just say "ask the doctors who specialize in that." She does get the immobile morning hand, all the skin splits, the arthritis in my right thumb, the new arthritis in my left hand, and the right ankle that hurts and keeps giving out.



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Date:February 12th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's interesting. I don't know anybody now who knew me before the gout (except my brother and I see him twice a year) and I don't know if there's a smell for me or not. It could be the amount of the colchicine, too.

Ah, very nice turtle, and I can see how little beanbag turtles would becoem babies!
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Date:February 13th, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
I expect you're much more diligent about taking your meds than Stephen is, so you have a consistent level of colchicine in your system. When I thought about it, I realized that his father (who had taken colchicine for many years before I met him), smells sort of like Stephen used to smell, or like Stephen smells when he skips a dose.

I couldn't remember if I had posted my initial comment with my default icon (which is a cartoon I grabbed from an e-card my sister-in-law sent me a few years ago, coincidentally...she doesn't know about my turtle nickname), or the Dracomir picture. I suppress images unless I have a specific reason to look at something.
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Date:February 13th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
And Stephen and his dad probably have gout for a different reason, which may have something to do with the smell, too. I, of course, have gout for the least common reason: renal disease.

Yeah, I usually see the cartoon (and that's quite a coincidence) and this icon caught my attention.
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