Helping women with chronic illnesses

Sleep Deprivation-Induced Burnout

Here we are on post number 407 and I don’t recall ever writing a new post without first catching up on comments moderation for previous posts. Well, I guess there is a first for everything. I just wanted to start by acknowledging that I am aware that there are still a couple of blog comments sitting in moderation and I apologize for not having gotten to them yet. My time and energy has been a bit scattered recently and as a result my usual routines for staying on top of things aren’t cutting it. There haven’t been enough hours in the day lately. So, I will get to the comments as soon as possible. (I generally post comments and my replies to them at the same time and I haven’t had time to handle them properly). I’d rather hold off and give them the attention they deserve than rush them through.

So, I really appreciate your patience very much.

I also have many blogs to visit and on which to leave comments. Unfortunately, I am going through a period of difficulty keeping up with everything. I just wanted you to know that I haven’t forgotten you if you haven’t heard from me very recently.

This post will be short and sweet. In fact, I am going to try to set a record for brevity. We’ll see how I do. (Anyone who knows me very well is probably chuckling heartily at this point).

I selected the dreamcatcher photo above because I am sleep deprived and I’m hoping to get some sound sleep. I don’t expect to have any dreams. This is due to the fact that the CPAP headgear I wear for my sleep apnea is not operational now and that means I am not getting any of the restorative sleep phase (according to what the sleep disorder clinic found when my sleep apnea was diagnosed). I won’t bore you with what lengths I have gone to in order to be able to wear my CPAP headgear without having an allergic reaction or sensitivity issue (you really don’t want to know how long I’ve been battling with the CPAP headgear). The bottom line is that I don’t ever get good quality sleep unless my CPAP is working properly and it’s not.

The best I can hope for is to get to bed at a decent hour (which has not been happening with months of severe insomnia). I have my third cervicogenic migraine physical therapy appointment tomorrow and I need to get enough rest to be safe for driving through the snow. (It’s an hour away on a good weather day). So, I just wanted to post a quick update. I look forward to being able to write more in the future about how my physical therapy is going. I just don’t have that kind of energy tonight. Besides, I’m on the very beginning of my cervicogenic migraine physical therapy journey. So, I’m still getting my feet wet.

One last thing I should mention for those of you who have read about the hormonal fluctuation migraines I’ve been having, physical therapy won’t help that at all. The PT is for my neck. I will explain this better in a future post.

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1 JasmineNo Gravatar { 12.09.10 at 1:06 am }

Hope your CPAP is working properly soon. xoxo
.-= Jasmine´s last blog ..Making friends with my discomfort =-.

2 JennNo Gravatar { 12.09.10 at 1:34 pm }

I hope you get some rest today Jeanne! And I hope your PT appointment goes well. Take good care of you. 🙂
.-= Jenn´s last blog ..RELUCTANT RECOLLECTIONS =-.

3 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 12.09.10 at 3:09 pm }

Dearest Sleeping Beauty, have you awoken from a life-renewing slumber yet?

Did you dream well?

Did you eat chocolate chip cookies in your sleep?

Yes, blogging has its little twists and turns, I still have comments waiting from my second-last post to answer. But it’s all good. I WILL get to them.

Sending prayers for your migraines to make like a hockey stick and get the puck outta here — forever. eat more steak maybe, protein helps my head stay on an more even keel.

Don’t forget to brush your teeth now that you’re up! All those cookies while sleeping….

.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Paint Your Palette Blue And Gray =-.

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.10.10 at 3:26 am }


I hope so too. Unfortunately, Hubby and I have been fighting with this CPAP machine for 2 years. It’s a long story. I just wish it would work and be reaction-free! xoxo


I wish I had gotten some rest today. The PT went well, though. I had a phone call with the pharmacy that was really not fun (they lost my prescription). I called a doc about a prescription and never got a call back (separate issue from the pharmacy fiasco… will be an issue tomorrow for sure… ugh). I have a PCP appointment tomorrow. I’m E-X-H-A-U-S-T-E-D. I’m trying to (self-care). Thanks. 🙂



5 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.11.10 at 1:56 am }


I think I missed replying to this comment. Sorry about that!

No life-renewing slumber for me in a long, long time. If you ever meet anyone who has invented a CPAP machine headgear that lacks latex, PVC and any other material I might react to, please do send them my way. I wouldn’t mind some sound sleep!

In fact, the pulmonary specialist who had referred me for the sleep study in the first place made it quite clear that CPAP can help generate improvement with ALL my illnesses. So, keep your eyes peeled for that inventor. I’m tired. Not getting enough oxygen throughout the night is a bad thing.

Alas, I have no idea if I ate chocolate chip cookies in my sleep as I don’t ever wake up remembering dreams. I don’t have any. 🙁

Yes, I am still catching up on comments. Officially the most behind I have ever gotten in that department. Yes, I’ll get there eventually. Hopefully no one feels I’m ignoring them!

Hockey stick… you’re funny, Jannie. I’ll have to find protein somewhere other than steak. Beef has a tendency to throw my body into a revolt.

Haha. I brushed my teeth but not due to imaginary cookies. 😉


6 EndochickNo Gravatar { 12.14.10 at 12:59 am }

I remember the CPAP days. OMG when it worked, I slept like a baby. I know your history with it and hope it goes well and you get some sleep.

And being behind on blogs… girl, I stopped trying a long time ago. 😉 You are still beating me at the game, if that’s worth anything.
.-= Endochick´s last blog ..Pain =-.

7 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.14.10 at 1:08 am }


I would give an awful lot for a functional CPAP machine! I am so, so sore that I called tonight and canceled tomorrow’s PT. My medical appointments last week added up to 8.5 of driving! Add my PT exercise to that and my body is fairly revolting on me now! So, it’ll have to wait until Thursday for PT.

If I appear to be ahead of you, it’s all an illusion. I’ve never been so behind. Ever. Ever.


8 EndochickNo Gravatar { 12.14.10 at 11:14 pm }

OH NO! You canceled PT?!?! This must be bad. PLEASE take care.
.-= Endochick´s last blog ..Pain =-.

9 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.14.10 at 11:20 pm }


After 8.5 hours total of driving last week for medical appointments (PT included) plus doing my PT exercises at home, going to PT today was out of the question. My body said NO. I listened.



10 RellacafaNo Gravatar { 12.15.10 at 5:24 am }

Hoping you get some rest soon!! Sending sweet dreams xxoo
.-= Rellacafa´s last blog ..Ramping Things Up! =-.

11 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.15.10 at 1:02 pm }


Thank you! I’m still in search of restorative sleep and still wishing my CPAP machine were functional but at least I have been getting a bit more sleep than I was. The insomnia monster still has a fair amount of power but I am working to change that. xoxo


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