Tag - sleep deprivation

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Warning: This Post May Put You To Sleep….
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Zombies Are People Too
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Are You Sleeping, Are You Sleeping, Brother John? Cuz We’re Not

Warning: This Post May Put You To Sleep….

Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I wanna be sedated.   Nothin’ to do and no where to go-o-oh I wanna be sedated…   To clarify, The Ramones want to be sedated. I do not. At all. In fact, the idea of being sedated seriously freaks me out. I’m not talking about urban legend scenarios where you’re put under at the dentist and wake up with your shirt on backwards. I’m talking about the real fear of being unconscious while somebody else monitors your breathing and heart rate. That’s some kind of scary. The only thing scarier is having to sedate your child. Especially when your child has underlying medical conditions that make anesthesia more risky.  In order to perform an EEG on our daughter last week she needed to be asleep. Not fully knocked out, but soundly asleep. She also needed to be sufficiently sleep deprived to elicit the disorganized brain chaos necessary to reveal any abnormal brain waves lurking about. Our neurologist suggested using Chloral Hydrate the morning of the procedure to sedate. We’ve used this drug before without any problems. However, after doing some research into Long QT Syndrome (a potentially serious heart condition our daughter is being monitored[…]

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Zombies Are People Too

Today I planned to write about my interview…the one I was so excited/nervous/hopeful about and the email I received informing me I was “unsuccessful in the interview process.” And that I suck. And should leave the teaching profession forever and never look back. And that I’d be better suited working at a McDonald’s drive-thru than at the District School Board. (I *may* have embellished a little, but you get the gist). But, I’ll save that post for tomorrow when I’m not quite so bitter and sleep deprived. Like, REALLY sleep deprived. Let me tell you about my sleepless night – in point form because it’s all I can muster. If this post stops dead, there’s a strong possibility I passed out on my keyboard so please send coffee… The following schedule could apply to either  a) A Night Shift Worker b) The un-dead c) A mother of young children and a dog with stomach issues… 7:45 p.m. Announce to family that I am exhausted and designate husband as official child bather and bed tucker-inner. Retire for the evening. 8:00 p.m. Slip into kidless bed with a cup of tea and Glee cued up on the laptop. Nestle under covers. Experience[…]

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Are You Sleeping, Are You Sleeping, Brother John? Cuz We’re Not

There’s a reason why new parents obsessively discuss their child’s sleep routine. Did the imp sleep through the night? How was their nap? Is your baby a “good sleeper?” These conversations stem from true desperation. An exhausted sleep deprived adult if not properly caffeinated will soon look like this. Especially on Hump Day.  Our daughter has always been a great sleeper. As an infant she slept too much in fact. (I had wake her to feed). At about eight months, she developed sleep apnea, but it didn’t affect the longevity of her slumber. She’d snort and gasp for air, but remained fast asleep. Her apnea comes and goes and changes in severity for no clear reason. But no matter how severe, her stellar sleeping pattern continued. At the beginning of December however, she started waking in the night. Usually around 2 am—awake and ready to rock for hours. We tried everything to solve the mystery. Is she too hot, too cold, is there light shining in her window somehow, nightmares, nightsweats, nightanythings?? Are Avery’s teeth hurting her and is this waking her up?  (If you could hear the grinding going on in this poor child’s mouth, you’d know this is a possibility). Hubby[…]

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