Thursday, January 20, 2011

A "time out" for my brain!

Dear friends, its 5:40am and I haven't been able to get back to sleep since about 5am.  I was tired last night and attempted to go to sleep and no luck.  I tried being relatively drug free but to no avail and did end up taking a drug called Lorazapam which is an anxiety/insomnia drug that should help with relaxation and yes I did fall asleep, but I tossed and turned all night.

So, what does this mean?  Well, overall physically I feel pretty good.  Yesterday was a good day and honestly I feel pretty good right at the moment.  I blame it on my psyche!  Today is Thursday and in my book, its a good Thursday because its not a chemo Thursday.   But, it is a Thursday and it also happens to be blood draw Thursday which again, isn't a bad thing really... each week between chemo sessions is a blood draw just too make sure everything looks normal as normal is.

I'm assuming that my brain is in overdrive just because I need to go to the Infusion Center.  That is really the only explanation for why I wouldn't get a good night's sleep... Damn you brain!  Our brains, so smart yet so dumb at the same time.

On the up side, and please don't tell the little ones... Kevin and I are hoping that blood draw is quick and we might be able to squeeze a quick trip to IHOP, their pancakes are quite decent before he needs to head off to work.

Until next time.

-Katie

28 comments:

Cassie said...

I'll keep your little IHop secret, Katie ;) Glad you are feeling ok.

Ted said...

Are you kidding me? IHOP is the bomb! Wait.. "da bomb"? Is that how the young kids are saying it nowadays? ;) Anyway, glad to hear of your positive outlook today. Not sure about WA, but down here in CA you'd think it was spring! We do need the rain (something I know much of WA can spare!)... have a wonderful day!

IamDerby said...

IHOP= yum! Hope you have time to grab some food! I hate blood draws, I hope its pain free.

Theresa Tyree said...

Mmmm, IHOP! Now I'm craving pancakes! I woke up thinking about you this morning. Sent prayers up on your behalf. Love ya, girl! Stay positive!

Candy F. said...

IHOP -- oh yeah -- nothing better than pancakes (or waffles). And the little ones shouldn't get mad - didn't they have a trip to Starbucks yesterday? Glad the fog has lifted and you are feeling good.

Margie H said...

OK...compared to the chemo, blood draws wouldn't be so bad...I guess! LOL!! But if IHOP was in the plan afterwards - that would be a GREAT motivator for me ;0P Have a wonderful IHOP date w/ hubby! Thinkin' of ya!! xo

Saskia said...

Katie,

I hope you've had time left for the pancakes!!!!! You deserve a real good pancake after the blood draws!

Take care!!

Sweet greetings, Saskia :)

Theresa Momber said...

Glad you are having a good day! Good luck getting to IHOP. Yummy!

susanc said...

I hope you are able to enjoy IHOP after you get your blood drawn.

Have a wonderful day!

Emily Painter-Davis said...

I hope and pray your brain relaxes and enjoys itself at IHOP! lol
Hugs & blessings!
Have a great day!

True :) said...

Oh...I wanna go with you! To IHOP that is ..not the blood draw. ;)
Hope you have a good day!
Hugs,
True :D

Susan said...

I will tell no one about IHOP! And God bless your beautiful spirit. I wish you rest and healing and joy.

Whimcees said...

Hello Katie!

Just stopping by to say hello and to see how you are. :<)

I hope that you did make the trip to IHOP and the enjoyment of their good pancakes!

You are doing so well with your chemo! Stay strong! You are in my prayers.

Wishing you a good day today!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Shawne said...

Mmmmmm, IHOP, sounds good to me too! I'm glad your feeling well and no chemo this week, woohoo!

Sue Ann said...

Hey there Katie...... did you make it to IHOP?? So I was thinking about your sleeping situation. There are some related energies in Chinese medicine that I think would be very helpful for you. You can email me anytime and I can kinda give you some basic manipulations .... it really does work and it is very clamming. Also lavender would be a great thing ..... I am going to see if I can find exactly what I am thinking of ..... it has to be a first pressed oil. Until next time....... I hope you have a fantastic day and feel wonderful all day. I am sending tons of cyber hugs and keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!!!

Chef Mama Lori said...

Mums the word on IHOP. Hope it was delish! Hope blood draw went well.

With my friends having chemo last year we learned that the brain gets foggy a lot due to chemo. They called it chemo brain. Those of us who know them also claimed it anytime we were foggy! I figure I HAD to have absorbed a few chemo cells in that friend chair. :)

Hope your brain fog clears up quickly. Hugs & prayers!

Anonymous said...

It's really nice to know that you are feeling good except for the sleeping part which I think you will get lots of later considering you have the blood draw and a trip to IHOP. Hope you had a nice time with your family.
-Dadatch101

Meredith said...

Oh, I hope you got to go to IHOP! My hubby and I went there just after Xmas for the first time in years... the butter pecan syrup was DEEVINE! :) Good luck to you today!

Diane said...

IHOP...yum....hope it makes you feel better...good to hear you have an appetite....I love the potato pancakes.....gee I just want you to get all better real soon, but you have a GREAT attitude and I know you will...always in my prayers...give those "little guys" a big ole hug...and my lips are sealed about "IHOP"!!

Lee said...

Hi Katie.Just wanted to say hello.Thinking of you and your family daily.Hugs xx

cheryl (clee') said...

Hello, Katie - I've been reading your story for a few weeks now and haven't commented, but your remark about "our brains" made me laugh and think back to a song from the '90s by Laurie Anderson called "Baby Doll". If you found it on the internet and listened to it, you may get a good laugh by the way she sings it, but here are the lyrics:

I don't know about your brain- but mine is really bossy I come home from a day on the golf course and I find all these messages scribbled on wrinkled up scraps of paper And they say thing like: Why don't you get a real job? Or: You and what army? Or: Get a horse. And then I hear this voice comin from the back of my head Uh huh (Whoa-ho) Yep! It's my brain again And when my brain talks to me, he says: Take me out to the ballgame Take me out to the park Take me to the movies Cause I love to sit in the dark Take me to Tahiti Cause I love to be hot And take me out on the town tonight Cause I know the new hot spot. He says: Babydoll! Ooo oo oo Babydoll Ooo He says: Babydoll! I love it when you come when I call Babydoll! You don't have to talk I know it all Babydoll! Ooo oo oo Babydoll Ooo Well I'm sitting around trying to write a letter I'm wracking my brains trying to think of another word for horse I ask my brain for some assistance. And he says: Huh...Let's see...How about cow? That's close. He says: Take me ou
t to the ballgame Take me out to the park Take me to the movies Cause I love to sit in the dark Take me to your leader And I say: Do you mean George? And he says: I just want to meet him And I say: Come on I mean I don't even know George! And he says: Babydoll! Ooo oo oo Babydoll Ooo He says: Babydoll! I love it when you come when I call Babydoll! You don't have to talk I know it all Babydoll! Ooo oo oo Babydoll Ooo Babydoll! Babydoll! Ooo oo oo Babydoll! Babydoll! Ooo oo oo Babydoll! Babydoll! Ooo oo oo

______Hang in there and include me among those thinking of you and your family_____sending prayers and positive thoughts your way.

Claire's cards said...

I hope you enjoyed the pancakes Katie and that you managed to get some rest when you got home. Lavender is a great help if you need to relax before sleep.
wishing you a great sleep tonight.
Claire xxxxx

Novice Naturalist said...

Yummy. IHOP.Maybe I'll make myself a pancake lunch. Hope you get good sleep soon. Sending you hugs and healing wishes! Jay

Donna said...

So glad your having a good day Katie, enjoy those pancakes, oh I'm drooling just thinking about them. Hugs Donna x

Curt in Carmel said...

I sure hope you got to go to IHOP. I love breakfast and sometimes make breakfast food for dinner. Sorry about the sleeping stuff going on, but the feeling good is a good thing. Hopefully the blood draw will show normal. Hope you got in a nap today and if not hope you get a great night's sleep tonight. Thinking about you guys a lot! Prayers for you all tonight. . . Best, Curt

Becky Jo said...

I hope you had time for the pancakes! You sure deserve them! I'm so glad you are feeling better. Yes, our brains can play tricks on us and you say it in such a way we all can understand. Thanks! Big Hugs!!

Becky Sorensen said...

LOL - They had no idea that you went to IHOP before you got back. So, unless you told them, they still don't know!! It's the little things - - - - - and I am glad you enjoyed your pancakes.
Becky

Michelle said...

Taking joy in the little things...like having pancakes with your hubby...AWESOME!

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