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I went to the Movies!!!

After my dreadful non-sleeping event in July, I spoke with Dr. B and guess what…he re-instated the full protocol of supplements and another course of Cuprum Metallica.   Apparently it may have been too soon to stop the stuff, but we had some time constraints because of filming the TV show.

Nevertheless, after returning to a full dose of supplements, that didn’t stop me from having one of the worst episodes in recent memory on the first Tuesday night in August.  So bad that I took an extra dose of Cuprum and some extra Melatonin.  The next morning when I got up my left leg was so sore, I can’t even tell you. 

However, despite my bad episode on Tuesday, Saturday was a dark and rainy day at the cottage in August and, there not being much else to do, so husband Joe and I decided to “try” to go to the movies.  You have to realize, that I have not been to the movies in many years…not successfully that is.  So off we trooped to see The Dark Knight.  I don’t know whether it was Heath Ledger’s mesmerizing performance or the Cuprum Metallica, but I never felt a thing.  My legs behaved just like a normal human being’s might.  It was great!

I spoke to Dr. B after the week and confirmed that stress could have been the trigger for the really bad episode and although I’m still on a full dose of supplements, I’ve cut out the Cuprum again.  Have to see Dr. B again in September and I guess we’ll talk about a further change then.

In the meantime, I enjoy being able to sit for somewhat extended periods of time (and things will start to ramp up again work-wise now that it’s the end of August, so that’s a good thing)!

Cheers

L.

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Poison Ivy? Who’da thought?

Woke up Tuesday night/Wednesday morning back in July at 2:30 a.m. and thought oh no, here we go again.  Then I realized that I was awake because my back was killing me.  Tossed and turned for 2 hours and finally succumbed and took a Tylenol 3.

 

On Wednesday I had my last official appointment with Dr. Bryce and he stopped the filming mid scene and called to the front desk for some Rhus Tox.  Poison Ivy!  He wanted me to ingest poison ivy for the inflammation!  Go figure!  Well, sure enough after a couple of days, the pain in my back eased dramatically as the inflammation went down (the inflammation was proven by a urine test showing that my free radicals were nuts) and with only 1 more T3 tab.

 

But now to my last appointment.  I’ve been doing so well that Bryce took me off the Theanine, Fola Pro, Vinpo and Melatonin.  Yay!  I still have to do the “some pills on an empty stomach and some with food” but there were so many less pills.

 

So, Friday night (saw Bryce on Wednesday) everything was fine until Whammo…RLS episode.  But here’s the thing – I took a T3 for the drive to the cottage (back was still sore), an antihistamine when I got to the cottage – black flies attacked as I got out of the car, and then sin of sins, had wine with dinner.  Well guess what?  My body was screaming “lie down you stupid woman!”  As soon as I lay down and went to sleep, the twitchies stopped…go figure.

 

I think I had another minor event the following week, but it wasn’t memorable enough to remember it.

 

Then this Sunday happened.  This week, went to bed Sunday night and 3:30 a.m. Monday, there I was…awake.  Wide awake!  Well, I thought, what’s one night.  Not a big deal in the scheme of things.   Until 4:45 a.m. when I had a terrible episode of RLS.  Now that was after tossing and turning since 3:30.  I tried everything.  Breathing exercises, relaxation techniques…nothing worked.  But, it was one night.

 

Or so I thought.  Monday night I went to bed thinking, “well, tonight I’ll sleep after last night”.  And I did…until 3 a.m.  Then it was a repeat of the night before.  I guess one of the good things about being a virtual assistant is that at least, if I have to after a bad night, I can take the day easy.

 

Gotta talk to Dr. B.

 

L.

 

 

 

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It’s been a while and it’s almost over…

After my really bad weekend back in May, there just hasn’t been much to report.  There have been a few bouts of twitchies, but they are definitely few and far between.  Episodes Monday and Tuesday night about two weeks ago, but they were relatively mild.  Really nothing to report.  Which is great!

Until this week of course, and that wasn’t twitchies, it was back to “oh good, it’s 3 a.m. and I’m wide awake!”  Actually, I’m splitting the difference there, Tuesday night was 3:30 a.m. and Wednesday night it was 2:30 a.m.  But there was no slipping calmly back into sleep.  It was hours of tossing and turning and getting up and walking around.  Thank god last night was okay.  Man, I really don’t want to go back to no sleep, that would be cruel and unusual punishment.

So here it is, Friday the 4th of July (Happy Independence Day for our American friends), the project comes to an end next Wednesday with an day of filming and my last visit with Dr. Bryce and I’m worried.  During this project, I’ve been taking numerous supplements (see previous posts) as well as things like Liquid Melatonin.  Fortunately the melatonin isn’t expensive but the supplements are, so when the TV show stops paying for them, I stop taking them.   Naturally, I have concerns that I’m going to go right back to where I started: sleepless nights, uncontrollable legs.  My gastro-intestinal system has long since settled back into it’s old routine, and that’s while still on the supplements so what the heck will happen without them?

Good questions for Dr. Bryce next week.

L.

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