One of the side effects of one of my prescription medications for the sciatica is "difficulty sleeping". It's not one the more adverse side effects or one of the more common side effects, but, I remember experiencing it when I took it before, too (during chemo treatments). Considering the fact that I already have difficulty falling asleep even on regular nights, this particular side effect really took hold of me, on Saturday night! I was wide awake all through the night and couldn't fall asleep, no matter what I tried!
It was already 3:00 a.m. I recited my prayers, again. I meditated. I tried visualizing that I was relaxing and sleeping. I looked at the clock. It was 4:00 a.m. I went to the bathroom. I drank some water. Then, I was hungry. I went through the contents of the fridge, mentally, and then, I ate some crackers with peanut butter. I heard the birds singing. It was 5:00 a.m. and quite light. I walked around the house and turned off the porch lights. I went back to bed, but, couldn't fall asleep. Dancer came for a cuddle, but, he went away, again.
The alarm went off at 5:15 a.m. for my next dose of medication. I ate another cracker with peanut butter because I needed to eat something before I took my pill to prevent an upset stomach, and took my pill. I tried to sleep. Eventually, at 6:45 a.m., I decided to give up trying to sleep and got up, brushed my teeth, washed my face, and made myself a cup of tea. By which time, my daughter also woke up! So much for her plans for sleeping in on Sunday! She brought me breakfast in bed by 8:00 a.m., as I was hungry, again (another side effect of the medication): the last frozen burrito, warmed up with a drizzle of hot sauce! It was delicious!
Dancer had left a deposit on one of the bath mats, so, after breakfast, I put the bath mats and kitchen rugs in the washer, with a little bleach, to wash. Daughter put them in the dryer for me, afterwards.
Later, when I opened the drapes, I realized that it was drizzling very lightly! We received all of 0.009 inches of rain from today's drizzle, but, it was enough to dampen the ground a bit:
|The cement is a darker grey from the drizzle|
I hadn't been watching the weather reports, so the rain was unexpected, but, very exciting and welcome!
|Guess what, Dancer? It's raining!|
|"What? Rain? Really?"|
|Wet Euphorbia and Spider Web|
|"Bun-bun" (at least, that's what I call it)|
I spent most of the rest of the day doing some knitting (didn't take a picture of that, though!). I also cut up the ingredients to make a stir fry (smoked sausage, carrots, snow peas, some broccoli florets from the garden) to which daughter also added the rest of the can of garbanzo beans she had opened, last week. Daughter made the stir fry, but, we didn't eat it tonight and kept it in the fridge for later in the week.
Because, later in the evening, neighbor S sent us dinner: roast chicken, rice cooked with vegetables, and a salad, and we opted to eat that, instead:
|Dinner (roast chicken, vegetable rice, and salad) compliments of S|
- The little bit of rain we had (we'll take every single drop of it that we can get!)
- Washing machines
- Daughter being home and taking over the reins of running the household as needed
- Feeling better
Today's joyful activity was spending most of the day in the family room, instead of in bed!