Monday, March 15, 2010

Pray more, eat less, sleep well...

I'm not one who is prone to being overly dramatic, so you will know that I am being completely serious when I tell you that my children are ruining my life.

My life, right now, is all about sleep.

This is a sudden, strange switch. Two weeks ago, I rarely got to sleep before 2am. Now, I could sleep 12-14 hours a day, if my kids would allow me to do so. They won't, however, because they are mean.

I noticed that my sleep habits were changing last weekend. I took a rather long nap Saturday afternoon. I fell asleep promptly after my head hit the pillow later that night, and I did not want to get up the next morning. I spent Sunday afternoon snoozing and Sunday night in a dead coma.

As I type this, it is 9:30 and I am so ready to call it a day. You're probably thinking that the time change has messed me up (as it probably has you), and that is true... but I am generally a night owl who has to be forced to go to bed like a six-year old. Right now, I'm not a night owl or a day owl. (Yes, there are such things as day owls. One example is the burrowing owl, a rather small, long-legged bird found throughout North and South America.) I'm a sloth. I'm in full-fledged hibernation mode.

I discussed the sleepiness with my doctor.

Holly: I'm depressed. All I want to do is sleep.

Doctor: Explain depressed.

Holly: I feel... numb. I have no energy. I don't want to get out of bed in the morning.

Doctor: Describe no energy.

Holly: A general feeling of inertia and a lack of a will to go on.

Doctor: Well, that sounds serious.

Holly: (Sniffling) I know! I don't make these trips out here for non-serious matters. Which reminds me- I'd like to discuss the parking situation later. Yes, it's serious. I think I need more sleep.

Doctor: It sounds like you're getting a lot of sleep. Look, there are several things we can do. Obviously, the medication you are on right now is not working for you. However, it's hard for me to tell whether or not just eliminating some of the stressors in your life will be enough to get you through this slump.

Holly: I can't eliminate my stressors. I took an oath.

Doctor: Well, obviously we can't eliminate THOSE stressors. But we can look into ways of making your life easier.

The conversation went on like this for a bit. And it's true- it's hard to tell if I'm feeling yucky because of external factors: i.e., work, demanding children, lack of exercise, daylight savings time, and my recent diet of Diet Dr. Pepper and jellybeans , or if my worsening depression is making me more prone to falling into bad habits and mismanaging my stress. It's a vicious cycle.

The doctor brought up the "p" word. I am now at the highest dosage of antidepressant he can prescribe me. He wants to send me to a psychiatrist. To which I say, "You go to a psychiatrist. I'm going to Wegmans to buy more jellybeans." Because I am an irrational depressed person.

My plan for the next couple of months: get through the next couple of months. Get a regular exercise routine going. Make contact with the outside world via telephone and occasional visits with friends. Pray more, eat less, sleep well. (That would be a great self-help title for a book.) Learn to be thankful for my little stressors. And for my big ones. Get outside more.

Ultimately, I'd like to get to the point where I don't think sleep is the best thing in my life, because quite frankly, that's no way to live.


Claudia Jabieski said...

Can't get rid of your stressor because you took an oath? Holly, that is way too funny! I'm sorry you're feeling this way. I will be praying for you. Do you take vitamin D? It really has helped me a lot...

J. Andersen said...

I love how even when you are struggling, you have a good sense of humor about it. You're in my prayers.

hokgardner said...

THis hits home for me. I hate that I get up in the morning and then count the hours until I can crawl back into bed.

I've upped my meds and I'm making myself exercise more. I know from experience that exercise and my mental health go hand-in-hand.

Hang in there!

Woodswoman Extraordinaire said...

Ugh. I relate more than I would like. Perhaps with spring on the way more sunshine and warmer weather will help? Or perhaps you need different meds, rather than just more of the same? I know plenty of people who have tried a variety of different meds before finding one that works consistently. I'll be thinking of you!

Elizabeth said...

This post made me both laugh (out load) "I took an Oath" and feel sad. I hope all the efforts you make help the situation. Don't discount the P word all together... I might really help.
Take Care of yourself

Elizabeth said...

Oops that should be (out loud) ;-)

Holly said...

Thank you for the kind comments- spring is around the corner and I will be doing better soon!!!

Claudia- I occasionally take Vitamin D. When I remember. Which isn't often. I should do that more regularly.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Holly dearest, let's do get together when I get back from Haiti.... Maybe a round or two of counseling?? Have found that most helpful in my valleys. -Bethany

Janet said...

I knew there was a reason we are such good friends! We are so much alike!!! Hang in there and I will too.