Positive: I have started taking melatonin before going to bed. This has gone a LONG way toward dealing with my sleep issues. I fall asleep faster, and if I wake up in the middle of the night, I fall back to sleep faster. I even managed a glorious 9+ hours Saturday night- wow! I am still a long way from waking up refreshed, but quantity of sleep is helping make up for lack of quality.
Neutral: I am trying to hunt down the relaxation recording we used last week. It is Time Out from Stress, Volume One by by Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning. Unfortunately, it’s pretty old and the only options I can find are cassette tape (!!) or download. The goal is to play it on my stereo while falling asleep. Tapes are fragile at best, so if I can’t find it on CD then I’ll need to buy the download and either burn it to CD or get an MP3 player dock and manually stop it. None of these options are really ideal, but it works *really* well so I think it’s worth the effort. I’m going to purchase the download today so I can listen to it during my lunch break in my office.
Also Neutral: I have a new electric toothbrush. This one is SonicCare and it will take me a little time to adjust. I really feel the vibration and have to be careful not to bump the plastic against my teeth. The smaller brushheads I bought will help. It honestly doesn’t feel like brushing my teeth at all, but my teeth feel very clean afterwards. Supposedly it will lighten my teeth as well, which I doubt will happen unless I give up tea.
Negative: The three middle toes on my left foot have been very stiff and painful the last few days. They appear to be slightly swollen, which is not really a good thing. I am trying a bunch of different things to deal with it, but if it doesn’t improve significantly soon I’ll call my rheumatologist. It makes walking very painful and I hobble.
I had a good, relaxing weekend and played more video games than is good for me- I’m a bit behind on housework because of it. We celebrated hubby’s birthday with his family yesterday and sat on the back deck in the lovely weather for his traditional birthday dinner and cake (lasagne and sour-top cake). His actual birthday is later this week, but they will be travelling.
My goal for the week is to replace my worn-out work shoes, and return the too-small shoes I ordered online. And book plane and hotel tickets for the family reunion in May. And sort out the prescription insurance claim. *sigh*