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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm back. Loving. Ambien. Again.

I'm happy to report that the Ambien advice I found on the internet (see previous post) is 100% correct! Empty Stomach + Immediate bed rest = blissful Ambien sleep

To be more specific, I crawled into bed at 10:30 PM last night, awoke at 6:00 AM this morning, and I must have R.E.M'd a normal amount because I feel so great today that I even went on a three hour hike at 8 AM.

Jennifer Mosher thinks life is fantastic (when she gets enough sleep).

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ambien Tricks

What happened to my blissful seven hours of uninterrupted sleep? I thought Ambien had fixed my problem. But, last night was miserable. I barely slept FIVE hours and when I woke up, it took me forever to return to sleep. I don't think I ever really did fall back asleep. UGH! I lay in my bed...and lay there...lay there, practically twiddling my thumbs, feeling so tired, wondering why WWWHHHHYYYY I couldn't fall asleep. I felt like I was locked inside a torture chamber.

So I did some googling about Ambien, and I found the following quote, written by another Ambien user:

"I have taken for 1 years. I am 57 years old. Works great if I take it on an empty stomach, and get right into bed. If you take it and try to keep yourself awake, you can override the pill and be up all night."

Last night I did not have an empty stomach when I took Ambien, and I messed around on my computer just after I swallowed - hoping to get extra tired, thinking I'd sleep more deeply. Alas, my night of slumber was not so.

Therefore, TONIGHT I commit to going to bed with an empty stomach, and I will swallow the pill just before I lay down my head (usually I don't feel that tired for about ten minutes), and we'll see if this advice works!!

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sleep is highly underrated

The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

I love that quote! F. Scott Fitzgerald speaks with complete accuracy. I totally don't understand these people who say they don't need very much sleep, they can get by on six hours or less per night. I mean, c'mon! The human body needs sleep to operate. In effect, I feel like I haven't been operating very well for the last like 14 years. I've tried and tried to sleep better - orthopedic pillows, diet, exercise, and all of this helped some, but not enough. The real kicker in my search for a better sleep is AMBIEN. I know I've blogged about this before, but it's 9:30 P.M and I'm so tired, have such a craving for sleep, that I just took my Ambien sleeping pill and my eyes are drooping and starting to blur. So, away, I must go to my pillow and have sweet dreams (I've been dreaming more with Ambien with means I'm sleeping deeper). I feel like an entirely new woman now that I usually get a normal, deep sleep at night. I'm so happy. This brings me to one more quote:

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep. ~E. Joseph Cossman

Sweet Dreams!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I'm admittedly impatient

So, today is Thursday, June 19th. Did I not say (above) that I sent my manuscript to the publisher on Monday, June 8th? That's a week and a half ago, and I'm anxiously waiting for a return email from them with my formatted document attached. They've already formatted it before, and I changed some things, so I sent in for a re-do. The only reason I'm saying this is because if they already have the manuscript "mostly" formatted and just have to change a few things, it should take that long, right?


I'm self-publishing through a print on demand company (POD) and let me tell you that self-publishing is NO LONGER a novelty. They have hundreds of books to publish. Anyway, I'm assuming this is why it's taking so long (aside from the fact that a week and a half isn't really so long, but I'm totally impatient because this memoir has been my extended project for an eternity now).

Tomorrow could be my lucky day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My memoir...

Yesterday (Monday, June 8) I officially "let go" of my need to edit and re-write my book, and sent it to the publisher. Admittedly, I've reached this point before and "thought" I was finished, but alas, I found spelling mistakes and other errors, so I put a halt to the publishing thing and tried to fix it.

I want friends, family, and strangers to be able to say, "yeah, I get it! I get what it's like to live with a Traumatic Brain Injury" after finishing my book. I also want other TBI Survivors to understand that they are not alone (5.3 million Americans)! I hope I reach my goal, and you will feel this way. You'll have to let me know, whoever you are reading this.

My book is Print on Demand, so you have to buy it online. I'll post a purchase link on my website and also on this blog.