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The Pain Sleep Cycle

*Circle of Life Song ques* NOOOO not that! I said Pain/Sleep Cycle guys not the Circle of life!!! *Record scratches, Pumba farts-he is a warthog afterall* Yo, Pumba take Simba and get out of here! Leave the door open too, you STINK!!

Okay now that we got the place aired out a bit! Last night I was exhausted, the good exhausted from spending time with family and the kids, but exhausted none the less. The issue when you have chronic pain is that often when you get exhausted the more you WANT to sleep the more your body said NO WAY JOSE! So I tossed and turned a lot of the night, my heart rate was running high a lot of the day (in the 140 range). My oxygen levels were decent from what I could tell. I have a feeling the cardiologist may suggest doing a halter monitor for me to get a better idea what my heart rate and oxygen levels are on a consistent basis since I’m only spot checking, and when I’m sitting I’m in a normal range, when I’m standing they are much higher for the heart rate and the oxygen levels while still normal tend to be on the lower end of normal.

So this morning at 5:30am I woke up in pain, but I didn’t want to get up. Then at 6:45am I had the all too familiar electric shock feeling on the bottom of my one foot. So I caved. I got up, I took a shower and now I’m ready for bed again. The simplest tasks are exhausting for me still. I never thought I would seriously debate do I have the energy for a shower today? Now that is a question that I frequently will ask myself. Do I really want to shower? Do I have the energy to shower? What else is on the agenda for today? I actually try to shower on days where I have nothing on the agenda because it takes so much energy.

So I took my shower combed my hair, got dressed and then thought maybe I should change back in my PJs and just climb back into bed! That sounds like a much better idea today! But the coffee was made so I decided to drink my coffee and see if I felt better after my morning cup. I may still decide to ditch real clothes and go back to bed! I am supposed to go to a meeting this morning but I’m not sure I can muster the energy. I really feel like I haven’t slept however my Sleep Apnea machine told me that I got decent sleep so that’s good news. That’s another piece of my personal puzzle often I will sleep rough because of the pain and then the sleep apnea will cause me to sleep even worse.

I changed the format of the blog a bit to try and make it easier for people to find old posts. I realized that if you are trying to find posts on specific topics it might be nice to search by keywords. Hope that helps! It was also interesting to see what I write the most about, which is more which tags I use the most. Some tags I think I needs to use more! Put it all in prospective for me!

Enjoy your day! Enjoy your cup of joe! Compliment someone today! Attitude of Gratitude goes a long way!

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My heart beats for you..and a hot shower….

So ever since that deadly blood clot..well the doctors said it was deadly, I say it was just a pain in the butt blood clot personally! My heart rate has been a hair¬† high. So¬†tachycardia is when your heart rate gets to be above 100 beats per minute and this morning after my shower I wasn’t feeling good so I checked it and I was going at 140. Yeah… just a little on the tachycardic side of life. My oxygen levels at that point were 97% so that wasn’t too bad. I have been noticing an increased amount of fatigue and so I have been spot checking my heart rate and my oxygen levels and what I am noticing is that my heart rate will be just over 100 beats per minute, but the oxygen levels will be at 88% which is not healthy. So of course from being in the hospital with that almost deadly blood clot I stop whatever I am doing, take some slow deep breaths to bring my oxygen levels back up to an acceptable range. What I’m wondering however is how often my oxygen levels are dropping down to unhealthy levels without me really realizing it.

I know that sitting down my heart rate has been in the normal range, but pretty much as soon as I get up, I am tachycardic at this point, but not as bad as I was when everything first happened. I used to always be in the 130-140 range, now it seems I’m only in that range when I am really active. Which of course should be interesting at physical therapy this week, because they are going to try rehab exercises with extreme caution of course. If the heart rate won’t cooperate then we will go back to the drawing board and do more of just the stem and manual manipulation/massage.

April will be here soon and I am actually looking forward to having the echocardigram done so we can see what is up with my heart! I want to hopefully get answers, and get some more direction on how to proceed from here. Of course there is always risk that with the test there will be more questions than answers, but I am willing to take that risk at this point. I know there is something rotten in Denmark, I’m just not sure what!