After a long talk with my doctor, I think we figured out why I have not been sleeping. One medication I have been on has the side effect of extreme drowsiness. I have been taking this at night, every night since my surgery. Now they are slowing weaning me off the drug (halfing my dose every two weeks) which is likely causing my sleeplessness, as my body has become used to the sleep aid. Ahh, answers are good. So, now I am temporarily on OTC sleep aids (Nyquil, Benadryl, etc) to help my body sleep until my system can get regulated and off all my medications. So, for the last 2 nights, I have slept, not perfectly, but I have slept! Hooray. Sleep is a wonderful thing!
In talking to some friends, I realized that many people do not know about the titanium plate in my head, that I mentioned in the last post. During my surgeries a 3x2 inch portion of my skull had been removed, and in order to put that back in place, a titanium plate was placed on top of the skull and 4 titanium screws were screwed into my head on the corners of the plate to hold the skull in place. The plate and screws are a permanent part of my body now (though I should go "off" in metal detectors at the airport, I am told).
The strange thing is that when I stand out in the sun, my head literally starts to heat up, like the plate is conducting the heat! Crazy! I don't know if the opposite will be true in the winter, but I may soon get better at predicting the weather! :) The plate still feels very strange and foreign to me. Every time I brush my hair or attempt to lay on my right side, I am quickly reminded about it. If I tap on the plate, I can "hear" it, though Tolan assures me he cannot hear it, nor can he feel the difference between my skull and my plate. Boy, oh boy, I sure can!
So, add to my list of knicknames: Hot head and metal head, in addition to my already established names, fat head and air head. :) Have a fabulous day! Much love!