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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-11-16 05:52
Subject: [cancer] This just in, I still have cancer; plus miscellaneous updates
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Tags:cancer, friends, health, radiantlisa
I've spent most of this week sleeping on Lorazepam. Not my favorite thing to do for a variety of reasons both clinical and personal, but I had tried to sleep on my own Monday night and failed miserably. Given the ravages of chemotherapy on my body, a missed night's sleep is a profound disaster. I have no reserves, basically, and cannot overcome the deficit. So, at the urgings of Lisa Costello, I have been popping the pills.

Hates it, I does.

(FWIW, Lorazepam is not a sleep aid, per se, at least not so far as I know. It's prescribed to me as both an anti-nausea agent and an anti-anxiety agent. However, if I take one and lie down in the dark, I will sleep eight to ten hours, generally without interruption except for urgent biological necessity. For me, it's not so much a sleeping pill as a not-waking-up pill. I just resent the need for such chemical intervention, being in my baseline health a champion sleeper with no problems at all in that department.)

Also, yesterday, N—, sometime of Book Universe, very generously delivered a donated piece of household gear that will make certain of the more unspeakable aspects of my chemotherapy experience a lot less unspeakable. My profound thanks to them for their time, trouble and care.

Workie bits today, and the weekend beckons, with even modest socialization.

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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2012-11-16 14:31 (UTC)
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Lorazepam is indeed used as a sleep aid sometimes. Not the first choice, but it's fine for some situations.
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User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-11-16 14:54 (UTC)
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Just think of me as your friendly sleep pusher ...
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User: klwilliams
Date: 2012-11-16 17:51 (UTC)
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Yup, I have a strong not-walking-up drug I need to take now, too. Unfortunately, it can also cause me to sleepwalk.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2012-11-16 17:52 (UTC)
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Hates it, I does

... a day without medications is a good day.. but somedays you just have to.

(now you got me thinking the speech patterns of both Gollum and Yoda are similar, and that spiral about how they are connected ... sigh.. her brain squirrel, here squirrel)
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User: swan_tower
Date: 2012-11-16 18:34 (UTC)
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I've taken Lorazepam as a go-to-sleep drug (rather than a stay-asleep one). So long as I get into bed when the wave of sleepiness hits, I have good odds of passing out -- which is very helpful when I need to change my schedule for some reason, like travel or waking up way earlier than usual.

I'm not a fan of using it either, but sometimes it really is the best solution.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2012-11-16 19:09 (UTC)
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I applaud Lisa for that, in fact. Sometimes it's better to take the pills.
Kari xx
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