Sleep is so often elusive for me. I went to bed at midnight last night, and here it is, barely two hours later and I’m in pain and wide awake. Then I suddenly remember that I almost forgot our younger son’s birthday. More importantly, I DID forget the younger grandson’s birthday last month. And yesterday, on our younger son’s birthday, I remembered that the day before had been the five year anniversary of my half-sister’s passing. I wondered (worried, actually, and not for the first time) whether I was experiencing early onset of dementia or something worse. I wondered if my chronic pain had anything to do with my failing memory.
So I went to the Internet–the big encyclopedia of life, and looked for articles on chronic pain and memory loss to see if there was actually a connection there. Sadly, there is a definite connection. An article I found here by the Institute for Chronic Pain explains how the connection was proven. Now that I know the what and the why, I know I need to work on how to come to terms with it and how to function in spite of it.
‘Tis just another thing to take on and incorporate into my life, she says with a grim smile. I can do this; I will find a way (or ways) to cope.
The beginning of my day is hours away; I hope to be able to get a few more hours of badly needed sleep before I have to officially start my day. I have things to do and I will put those things down on a list as soon as I finish this entry, for I know that I need to write things down now more than ever before.
Be safe, be well, and be happy. Take heart that sometimes new challenges may arise but you can handle them. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them — especially on their birthdays!