Thursday, May 27, 2010
Elusive Sleep and Daylight Challenged Roosters
Summertime allergy season is upon us and I’m certain it is the pollen in the air and not the small family of cats living under my bed that is causing my relentless sneezing and watery eyes. Antihistamines knock me out for days and leave me walking around in a zombie like state. My mother, who is 72 years old and has the energy of a young woman, has no time for slow moving people when there are chores to be done. As I sat at my counter in the same nightshirt I had been wearing for two days, waiting for the weather channel to actually give me the weather and not another blasted storm story, I was enjoying a leisurely breakfast of sinus meds and Frosted Flakes. My mother was picking up my kitchen and whisked my spoon right out of my mouth as I tried to eat breakfast. She said it was time to wash the dishes and I was moving too slow. Sensing my family's frustration with my medicated state, I changed to non-drowsy medication and that has left me without sleep for days. It has also left me disoriented at times and when I do doze off for a moment or two, I am thrown awake with that sudden panic of “Whose house am I in?!?” I crave sleep, but it eludes me. I suppose it doesn’t help that we have a cat who insists on sleeping on top of my head and a daylight challenged rooster who lives in our back yard that announces the break of day all night long. Last night I slept on the couch because I was tossing and turning so. About 4:00 a.m. my daughter woke to find I wasn't in my bed and she came into the living room like a crazed, wild child. I wake to see this little person standing over me, hands on hips, brunette hair sticking out in all directions, questioning me with great disgust as to why I wasn't in my bed and where did I go. After the initial shock of getting ripped up by a ten year old at 4 a.m. and remembering who was in charge, I told her to return to her bed and come back when she was sane. The attitude was instantly checked, the little girl voice returned, and she softly crawled under the covers with me for the rest of the night. She's going to be a great wife someday!