"Suffering the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune"

Em is going through a spell of very poor sleep and it is getting a bit old, to be honest. Not her fault, but it is frustrating us both. She is in such pain with her headache, neck pain,  back pain and various other joints joining in the fun that she just cannot sleep – even with meds. How she can be awake after a flexeril (which used to knock her out completely) or 2 zanaflex is beyond me. Last night she took 2 zanaflex (muscle relaxants), tramadol, tylenol and an Aleve – all prescribed by the dr. All of that and no noticable pain relief and wide awake until 5 am. This is the 6th or so night in a week and a half that she hasn’t fallen asleep until the wee hours of the morning. Ugh. And there was absolutely nothing I could do to make her feel better last night. So incredibly frustrating.

The fact that her joints are quite unstable right now and she is in a lot of pain does not help her sleep at all. Saturday evening, we had our Homeschool Co-op Open House. She went but ended up dislocating her shoulder and hurting her hips. Her jaw went out and didn’t want to go back in. Her back is doing something – she has been in a lot of pain in her upper back recently but last night she said something popped and now it hurts even worse. Her vision goes blurry every time she pops her neck – which she does all too often for my taste. It is even starting to scare her, which is saying something! Her knees are bad, even with the wheelchair and her hips are just not right currently.  Oh, and last night, she had a regular headache on TOP of her cerviogenic headache. Fun, fun, fun. Those are just the highlights.

It never seems to end – and now I have to figure out if the back pain is worthy of an ortho visit or if we wait it out. I am afraid there is something really wrong with her back but so far, nothing has really showed up. Then there are the background concerns of getting so many x-rays…

Ugh. That is about all I can say this morning. Wish I could just go back to bed!

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