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Busy, Busy, Busy

Betty Jean



It's been a while since I wrote anything and I just felt like it tonight so here it is. I've been so busy the last couple of weeks! The part of Arizona where I live had one night with a freezing temperature and now everywhere you look there are dead bushes and trees. I've been spending a lot of time pruning dead branches away and seeing what's going to come back. The rest of the time I've been planting tomatoes and new flowers and bushes to replace what won't come back. Between taking care of Jim and the house and the yard, and the car, and working two evenings a week it seems like there just isn't enough time for anything.


Jim is doing well except that he seems to have lost his motivation for rehab and his days and night are turned upside down. I've tried keeping him awake all day so he would sleep at night and that doesn't work. Sleep aids don't work on him and I am at a loss as to how to get him to sleep at night like a normal person. Any suggestions would be appreciated!


Betty Jean



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Strange, but it works for me all the time.


There is an old "grandma's tale that is often used for babies. Put extra blamkets on the feet. Don't ask me why, but it works. It's worth a try.



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Welcome back Betty Jean. The caregiver life sure does keep us busy, doesn't it.


I wish I had some ideas about getting Jim's days and nights turned back around. That happens in our household too but, for us, it's because we spent most of our work lives working the night shift---Don 35 years and me 15. I try to get us to bed by 1 AM and the TV off at 2. I get up at 8:30 with the dog and Don gets up at 10:00. Some times the 2:00 works into 4 AM if there is a good movie on or we can't sleep and then I'll set the alarm to force us to get up at the same time, regardless. Otherwise we're up until for 4:00 for several weeks if we slept in the next day. Old patterns are hard to break!


You might have your pharmacist look at Jim's list of meds and see if one is contributing to the problem. If so, changing the time of day he takes something might help.



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Jean -

I read one of your replies where you mention the multitude of doctors we see after a stroke -

For me, sometimes it just gets to be too much -


Happy Spring


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