Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[cancer] Sleeping my life away

Yesterday, after sleeping ten hours the night before, [info]the_child and I went to Thanksgiving lunch with Mom and Dad. We came home and I slept almost three more hours, napping in my chair. After watching Edward Scissorhands, I went to bed and slept another eleven hours.

This is insane.

I'm not fighting it, just letting my body do what it wants, but this is a ludicrous amount of sleep. I'm not even taking any of the various soporific drugs right now. None of them are prescribed as sleep aids, but at least four of the drugs in my chemotherapy cocktail and suite of helpers have drowsiness or sleep as a side effect. This is my body in late stage FOLFIRI.

I'm beginning to wonder if I can stay awake enough to work the Day Jobbe next week, and more to the point, the week following after chemo session eleven. If ten to eleven hours per night is the new normal, away from the drugs, I'm going to have to start going to bed around 6 pm in order to have any hope of a functional workday the following morning. Which, well, I can do, but I am starting to feel very much oppressed by my sleep needs.

Crazy stuff. Meanwhile, no Black Friday for me! I am very thankful for that.

Tags: cancer, health, personal, work
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