It’s the end of week four, actually. This was my first week back to school, and I came home after the first day and slept 3 hours. The next evening I was determined not to sleep, but I rested on the couch for an hour, doing nothing but zoning out, before I could get up the energy to start studying. Wednesday was about the same. Thursday I didn’t have to go in to school, which was nice; I stayed home and rested. Yesterday (Friday)  I was done by 2 PM and could go home and cool out until it was time to go to a friend’s 50th birthday party. We didn’t get home last night until about 10:30. Today I really felt it. I had to get up and drive Rob to work. Then I came home and went back to bed. I have been dragging all day.  I have a worship team rehearsal to go to later today, and then church stuff tomorrow. Fortunately Monday is a holiday; but my family wants to go hiking in the mountains. I don’t think I’m up for that. Maybe they can drop me at a little mountainside cafe and I’ll read on the patio….

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I still have not been sleeping very well. I can’t seem to get comfortable – I’m too hot, and I find myself wanting a pillow between my knees, which makes me hotter. I finally got a special knee pillow, which helps a little. I don’t know if I have what they call “restless leg syndrome.” I’ll need to research that some more. But what it feels like to me is that I am constantly searching for a cool spot on the sheets. I just read about a special pillow you can get with a cooling pad inside. That made me try to make my own. I got a cool pack from the freezer and wrapped it in a towel and put it in my pillowcase. That was too cold (even with 2 towels). But it did seem to help a little to make me cooler. So tonight I’m going to try a cool pack that is just refrigerated instead of frozen and see if that helps.

So, to sum up: I’m not in pain, but I still am a little bloated. I get tired easily. I have to rest more than I want to. And I’m having trouble sleeping. But I don’t leak anymore when I sneeze or cough – yay! That is a huge plus. I’m looking forward to being able to do aerobics again after my recovery.

So I’ll keep you posted.

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