my battle for better health

My Battle for Better Health: Physical Therapy and Insomnia

7/29/2015 Laura Watkins 3 Comments



Physical Therapy and Insomnia—Yep, just about sums it up. It's 2:14 am and after tossing and turning, relaxation techniques, racing/obsessive thought, etc. I gave up and started cleaning the living room. Apparently, my brain thought it was imperative that the couch be cleaned out NOW... It did need some TLC, but still not sure why it couldn't wait until the morning...not like I can vacuum it out while everyone's sleeping.

So now, I'm sitting at the computer, hoping my music doesn't wake the kids up. It's just a random shuffle of quiet sonatas, and ballads from Beethoven, P!nk, Jean Sibelius, Lady Antebellum, and Debussy, Kate Miller-Heidke, and such....shouldn't get too loud. ;)

Between my terrible back and my hurt knees (remember, I fractured one and bruised the bone on the other in an extreme demonstration of my gracefulness back in April), cleaning the house gets a bit difficult. If I bend too much, or the wrong way, my back goes out. If I kneel at all, my knees...well, since I my injury occured by landing on my knees, let's just say that kneeling even just a little bit is still like kneeling on a bed of nails. Because of all this, when cleaning, I've been raking things into a pile (when necessary) then, scooting around the living room with the computer chair's height set as low as possible and picking things up from there. (It looks even more ridiculous than it sounds.)

So far, my knees haven't been well enough for much physical therapy. They have me doing mild exercises, pretty much just sitting in a very low chair and standing back up a lot. But I have noticed that now my knees don't feel quite as tight when I climb stairs!

Back to the insomnia part. I started to blame the new medicine my doctor added, then I realized it's been gradually getting worse all summer. I think that, somehow, I'm trying to keep my school year schedule going. This past year was the first with all the kids in school full time. I've been so spoiled having so much time to get things done. I went back to writing, started my own company, and so much more! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE spending time with my kids, and this summer we've been very family focused. The problem is that there really hasn't been any quiet time to work like I've gotten used to. I think I've started staying up later and later to compensate for that lack. I'm sure other parents out there can relate to this.

So yeah. I decided I was going to get to bed earlier tonight, and it I did...1 am is better than 2, right? (Woops! Had to go rescue the bag of bread that the kids left on the edge of the table. I heard the dog whining and trying to get at something...at least I was up for that!) Well, one in the morning was better until I couldn't sleep and had to get up, but I did try. At least I've been able to do something useful while I'm awake.

Goodnight (err, morning), all! I'm going to go play some World of Warcraft until my eyes won't stay open anymore.

My goals

I want to have energy to spend time and actually do activities with my family.
I want to be able to be physically active. I’m not saying I plan on running marathons, but being able to exercise and do basic housecleaning on a daily basis would be nice.
I want my mind to feel less foggy all the time so I can do my job well and enjoy being in the profession I love.
I want to be healthy and be at a healthy weight.
I want my life back!
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