Saturday, June 5, 2010

Damn those mack trucks!

The mack trucks have been roaring through my bedroom again.
In good style.
Obviously, there is a correlation between my taking sleep aids and the presence (or absence) of mack trucks.
Wonder if I'll make that connection any time soon and just stay on the damned sleep aid in order to keep the trucks out of the bedroom.
Seems to me like the logical thing to do.
But oh, I don't like the idea of having to rely on a sleep aid every night for the rest of my life (which is what I was told I would have to do by the pain management specialist several years ago).
And, given that the dose I've been using was beginning to show signs of being not quite enough for my needs (suggesting a physical dependence), I really don't like where I was headed.
I've been a week without it, and the mack trucks have been back with a vengeance for the each of the past three nights.
The toll is rising.
Perhaps I'll try one week on, one week off.
That might be enough to prevent the sleep deprivation, and keep the mack trucks out of the bedroom.
And by interrupting the dosage each week, I will be letting my body know that I am in control rather than the other way round.
Yet another item for my discussion list when next I see my doctor (sure glad he doesn't keep me to that two-issue limit!)
By the way, I have now been off the blood pressure med for two full weeks and my blood pressure remains at normal levels (actually, at remarkably good levels -- if I relax any more, I'll be stopped!).  It would seem to me that I clearly don't have hypertension, but I will continue to monitor it closely.


Anonymous said...

See now I've read the blog and completely understand the mack truck reference.
Good news about your blood pressure and good for you for being proactive about the possibility of diabetes.
We truly are our own best doctor.


C. Bonnie Fowler said...

Yes Joss, and apparently I'm not alone in using the mack truck analogy with respect to a fibro flare-up. My physiotherapist tells me that lots of her patients describe it thusly (and it is a very apt description, don't you think?)
As to being proactive, I've prevented many a potential medical disaster over the years, not just in my own care. (Sometimes my doctor tells me I don't need him -- I remind him that I can't write the prescriptions).