Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sleeping In Separate Bedrooms

We've been married for almost 25 years.  I guess this was inevitable.

Since Monday night, my husband Alex and I have been sleeping in separate bedrooms.  No, we didn't have a fight.

I have a problem that is making it very difficult for anybody to sleep with me.  If anybody has ever had this problem, they will understand right away.  If they haven't, they will think I'm crazy.  The truth is probably someplace in the middle.

I started getting sick on Saturday.  I got worse on Sunday.  By Monday, I was re-writing my will.  I had a fever of 101F.  I was racked with coughing spells that actually felt like they were cracking my ribs.  When I bent over, it was like opening a faucet from my nose and eyes.  Coughing was agonizing, and completely out of my control.

Because of the upcoming holiday, I went to the doctor and he put me on a Z-Pac and nasal spray and some strong antihistamine medication.  My doctor also assured me I probably wouldn't die, but we all know doctors sometime lie in the situations just because that's what they do.  

Alex was in the process of trying to prepare a major presentation for work.  I'm not sure he noticed when I moved out of our bedroom and into Harry's apartment downstairs.  Alex also had Zoe and Harry, our two big mutts to keep him warm during a really cold spell.  I do understand that Alex was very preoccupied with work. 

By the way, I am a person who embraces being a "caregiver".  My husband, Alex, does not understand the concept of the word "caregiver".  (But you might also understand why I was trying to change my will.)

I had my misery and pain.  And I had yowling, hissing, meowing, rutting cats in my ears driving me crazy.  When I put my head down at night to sleep, my eardrums were full of squeaks, squeals, clicks, meows, moans, hisses,and sometimes Geiger counters that kept me awake.  These noises were in total concert with my breathing.  I began to realize, there may be worse things than death.

Now I like cats just fine.  But I really don't like cats in my head making a total racket.  When Alex considerately came in to check on me after about 72 hours, I had finally fallen into a drugged and fitful sleep.  He says he could hear "wheezing noises".  Wheezing my ass!  Those were the cats in my head making all that noise.

My fever is gone.  I have two more days of antibiotics. I'm beginning to think I may not have to do anything with my will right this minute.  I may even go back to our blissful marital bed by Christmas, but I may bring the cats!



49 comments:

  1. I'm glad you are on the mend so quickly.  I got sick a few days before Thanksgiving and, although so much better now, I'm still not 100 percent.  It was nasty.

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  2. Glad you're feeling better.  My whole family was sick a few weeks ago - there were cats all over the place.  

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  3. So good to hear you're getting better. I swear by those Z-Packs! After a day or two I'm usually a LOT better!! But, I'd also leave the cats somewhere else at bedtime! :)

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  4.  Becky I don't have cats.  The cats are making noise in my ear tubes because I'm congested.  There is this Eustacian (sp?) tube that gets  packed up with a sinus infection and causes the weird noises in your ears.  I do think I'm better, but still feel hinky.

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  5.  Thanks Jeanie.  Alex is getting sick now.  Great!  (Why does it always happen right before the holidays???)

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  6. Oh, poor you! I'm glad you're starting to feel better. Take care of yourself, hon. The world may be coming to an end, but you're not allowed to leave it without my permission, understood?! Good. :-)

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  7. Oh, do I ever feel dumb! I get sinus infections a lot, but have never heard cats!! LOL

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  8. All can say is that your Dr gave you the wrong drugs. If you are going to hallucinate it should be a trip, as in out of this world not down the rabbit hole. I am very glad to hear you are back among the living - just in time for the end of the world. 

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  9. GeeWee, Linda. Take care. Nothing like being sick and hallucinating to boot.

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  10.  Hope you are on the mend.  Nothing worse than not being able to rest when you are sick. As much as I love cats, I don't want cats in my head. Take care.

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  11.  Thanks Cheryl!  I love cats too, and if I had the whole cats in my head, it would have been much worse.  Their squeaks and meows were in the tube that connects my ear to my other systems.  Nearly drove me nuts!

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  12. Hallucinating my fat fanny!!!  Those cats were in the tube behind my ears and I guess there was fluid in there and you know cats don't like fluid.  It was a mess.

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  13.  I forgot all about the end of the world till you reminded me.  Now I guess you're gonna tell me you never heard any weird noises in your ears when your upper respiratory is plugged up with gunk!  Come on Ann, you know I'm right.  Those poor cats were wheezing away.

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  14.  I had plum forgotten all about the end of the world stuff, Ann.  Thanks for reminding me.

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  15. Crap. It's no fun being sick during the holidays, or anytime really. Get well soon!

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  16. Thanks, Mike!  I'm better than I was, but still battling the congestion.  (And the cats in my eardrums.)

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  17. Linda, I think you may have discovered an entirely new illness! I hope you are done with the cat voices in time to have a great Christmas. 

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  18.  
    Hey Nancy!  I'm actually getting better.  This inner ear stuff if for the birds, (and cats)!  Happy holidays to you and yours!

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  19. Sometimes when I am sick I can pour another coffee (or beer) and move on. But its those nagging coughs that seem to get me. 
    Hope you are feeling better and fully enjoy the holidays.

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  20.  I can usually just ride it out too, Shawn, but this time, the cough was impossible.  I had to sleep sitting up.  I really thought I was fracturing ribs it was so violent.  I'm better now and even the cat in my head noises have gone away.  Happy holidays to you and yours!

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  21. Sounds miserable.  Sorry you have been under the weather.  It particularly sucks at this time of year when there are all sorts of parties, foods and beverages to be enjoyed.  Hope you feel better soon!

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  22.  Thanks, Linda.  I'm better.  Not great, but not as bad as I was.  I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday!

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  23. Oh no  -- that sounds awful! Get well soon.

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  24.  Thanks Fiona!  I'm better now.  No more cats in my head anyway!

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  25. Something must be going around, my dad has been sick the past few days as well! Here's hoping it doesn't come back!

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  26.  Right now, I just wish it would completely go away.  Sorry your Daddy is sick.  Happy holidays to you and yours, B.

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  27. I hope you're feeling better. It must be hell having cats in your head. It's bad enough having them underneath your feet.

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  28. Merry Christmas!!! I've missed you :)

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  29. TheEquestrianVagabondDecember 25, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    you poor (hilarious) thing. I hope you're better and you have a great stress-free Christmas, and a great new year full of more hilarious stories that keep us all thinking and laughing.

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  30.  Merri, my husband gets so preoccupied sometimes it scares me.  I don't think he would notice if I died until it was dinner time and I wasn't cooking!

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  31.  Merry Christmas, Gorgeous!  I've missed you too!

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  32.  I'm better Lauren.  At least the cats are out of my skull for now.  I'm still coughing my fool head off though.

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  33. Awwww...I hope you are all better! How awful! You are still as funny as can be though xoxoxo

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  34. Dammit, that all sounds perfectly miserable Linda. I hope you're totally mended now, pill free, tucked up with Alex again, and sitting with a glass of something to help you sleep. And yeah, us fellas are pretty hopeless! Indigo =)

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  35.  Men can't help it, Indigo.  Their brains are wired differently than womens.  And sometimes it's a good thing.  Other times, not so much!

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  36.  Thank you, Kato.  I'm getting better, but still coughing.  That seems to be hanging on a bit.  When I feel better, I may make my husband some almond scented cookies to show how I appreciate his nursing skills.  (Arsenic smells like almonds, you know.)

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  37. Well, I hope that by now you've made a full recovery!  (Having an extra bedroom for bailing out is a requirement for a long and happy marriage.)  

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  38. Awwwwww - that's terrible. I hate being sick like that. I'm glad to hear you're on the mend. And if I ever get married [doubtful] I am all about sleeping in separate bedrooms. 

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  39. I hope you're feeling better now.
    My hubby had a hacking cough for weeks and kept e up nightly...I shoulda' just stuck him in another bedroom!

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  40.  I'm still coughing but I'm a lot better than I was.  These things tend to hang on in the Winter, I think.  I was so bad that I knew Alex would get no sleep at all with me there, Heck, I got no sleep at all.  Miserable stuff!

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  41. It's really cold right now, so I like sleeping with Alex since he's like a built in heating system.  I am better but still not 100%.  This crap hangs on.  I hope your Mom is better by now too!

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  42.  I'm not really over it yet, but I'm a lot better, Boom Boom.  Extra bedrooms are great for all kinds of situations.  Having a dog house works sometimes too.

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  43. Ugh! I hope you feel 100% soon!! XOXO

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